Melissa Walker

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 Melissa Walker

north20of20beautiful.jpgToday, readergirlz diva and fantabulous author Justina Chen Headley is here! She’s sharing the Cover Story for North of Beautiful, which I adored, especially for its deft handling of difficult family dynamics. Here’s Justina!

“My book has a twin: Alyson Noel‘s Evermore. The funny thing is, North of Beautiful and Evermore don’t just share the cover girl. They were also published on virtually the same day. Twins separated at birth!

Evermore2.jpg“A bunch of people have asked me whether it’s been a problem sharing the same cover girl. I don’t think so. If anything, that anomaly has raised the profile of our books. Publishers Weekly even did a story about it. Plus, the treatment of the cover girl is so different I didn’t even realize it was the same girl until a blogger pointed it out to me.

“I’ve hit the jackpot with all my book covers, thanks to my art director, Gail Doobinin who designed my first two books–Girl Overboard and Nothing but the Truth NothingButTheTruth.jpggirloverboard.jpg(and a few white lies). And my new book designer, Saho Fujii who created North of Beautiful. I know I’m lucky to love all my covers and to have a publisher who honors my opinion.

“For North of Beautiful, Saho played around with a bunch of different concepts–and obviously had read my book. One of her initial ideas was to collage the cover just the way Terra herself may have created. But then Saho found the perfect photo representation for Terra: hair draped over her cheek, downcast eyes. It was precisely how I imagined Terra holding herself in public.

“Then, the brilliance that is Saho found a fabulous old-fashioned compass rose that she used to separate the three parts of the story. My one and only request was that she somehow integrate that compass image on the front cover. Her treatment of the compass–placing it as a watermark over Terra’s cheek–was inspired! It is a truly and exceptionally beautiful cover.”

I agree–it looks so different on each cover that I can totally see it as both Terra and Ever–separate girls in two fantastic books. I also love how Justina’s three books are blue, pink and yellow in overall color palette–gorgeous! What do you guys think?

And don’t forget to check out Alea’s Pop Culture Junkie Lookalikes post on this cover–you’ll find even more twins (or triplets?).

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  1. Micol Ostow says:

    I know there’s a blogger who specifically focuses on cover-twins separated at birth (Melissa, you might know who I mean)–she found a cover twin to my own POPULAR VOTE, which I got a big kick out of. I don’t think it’s a problem at all, assuming that you LIKE the cover in question (which I did!). However, I forwarded the blog post to my editor, mainly ’cause I enjoyed it so much, and I think she misread my intention, because she apologized for the coincidence. I had to assure her that I wasn’t bothered in the least.
    (Side note–how great is my ed that her first thought was to check in on my authorly feelings?).
    In any event, I LOVE the covers for both NOB and EVERMORE

  2. Lauren says:

    That’s so weird about the book twin! The girls really DO look alike.

  3. Micol–yes, that’s Alea! Her Lookalikes series is one of my favorites. Adding it to the post.
    Lauren, yes, it’s the same photo! Colors can do wonders.

  4. Miss Erin says:

    I LOVE the cover. It fits the book SO perfectly.

  5. phillip says:

    They’re both great covers! Gorgeous girls on a cover, can’t go wrong with that :P

  6. Alea says:

    Great story Micol. I agree, if the twin isn’t so hot then it might make you a little upset but if it’s super cute then heck yes!
    I’ve yet to read Evermore but I agree that’s definitely Terra!
    I once found about 15-20 pictures of this model from a stock photo site. I wonder if I could refind it again, it’s always fun to see the models full face or face from another angle. Usually they don’t look how you would imagine them from what you see in the one picture!

  7. Alea says:

    Here we go:
    Scroll through those little pictures at the top (and click them) to see more of the cover model!

  8. lissa says:

    I like North of Beautiful better, the photo looks much better in their original light version
    I just saw another book using the same model over here:

  9. Kay D. says:

    How do these girls become book cover models? Well I guess you have to be a model first. I suppose I should research this.

  10. madison says:

    oh my gosh i just looked this up and you noticed too. i own the book evermore and i am on pg. 105. so far so good… and i was looking through a delias magazine and found a picture of North of Beautiful and said “oh my gosh that looks just like the cover of Evermore” and i looked it up and i was right.. i compared the two books and they were the same just flipped.

  11. Hailey says:

    Hey, does anyone know what the models name is??
    because i’d really like to know :)
    I’ve got both books but I havn’t read the North Of Beautiful yet, and for the passed few days I just can’t seem to find out her name..
    so if anyone knows, could you tell me please??

  12. Katie says:

    This is crazy! I just finished North of Beautiful and when I was searching for a cover image to include, I stumbled into this whole “cover twin” thing. It only makes the book even more interesting for me! And I feel like I’m going to be searching for the girl’s face in book stores now :)

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