Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cover Characteristic: Road Trips

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Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic. 

Title:  Rose by Any Other Name
Author:  Maureen McCarthy 
Genre:  YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Don't cha just hate the way you get caught up in stuff without really wanting to? Then it goes a bit further, and suddenly you're one of those jerks you hate because . . . you can't be trusted.

ROSE WANTS NOTHING MORE THAN TO GET AWAY. Last year she'd had it all: pre-law in the fall, a budding romance, and her best friend, Zoe. Now Zoe will never forgive her, her family is crumbling, and the secret that's been boiling up inside her is bubbling a little too close to the surface. All Rose needs to escape are an old van, her surfboard, the road, the ocean, and . . . mom? When Rose's mother jumps in the passenger seat right as Rose is about to set off, her trip takes an unexpected turn, filled with nagging memories of last year, and the looming scandal that refuses to be ignored.

Why I Picked It: I like the beach scene. When I think of surfers, I think of a somewhat nomadic lifestyle. Always in pursuit of the next big wave. I thought it fit well with the topic.

Rose by Any Other Name Creatus (Creatus, Book 1)

Title:  You Are Here
Author:  Jennifer E. Smith (Twitter)
Genre:  YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Emma Healy has grown used to being the only ordinary one in her rather extraordinary family. But when she finds a birth certificate for a twin brother she never knew she had, along with a death certificate dated just two days later, she realizes why she never felt quite whole. She sets off on a trip to visit her brother’s grave. Peter Finnegan, her neighbor, comes along for the ride. Emma thinks they can’t possibly have anything in common, but with each passing mile, they find themselves learning more and more about themselves and each other.

Why I Picked It: It's pretty simple design. I almost didn't see the names of the cities in the background, which was my favorite element. 

You Are Here  You Are Here

Title:  Zigzag
Author:  Ellen Wittlinger
Genre:  YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Robin can't believe it when her boyfriend, Chris, tells her that his parents have enrolled him in a summer program in Rome. It's their last summer together before he goes away to college, and now they won't even have that time together. It feels like the worst thing that's ever happened to her.

Since Chris is leaving, Robin agrees to join her aunt and cousins on a cross-country road trip, in spite of her reservations -- she and her younger cousins have never really gotten along, and since their father's death they've become even more problematic than before.
Soon the four of them are zigzagging through the West on an eye-opening journey. They explore parts of the country Robin never dreamed existed -- and she discovers inner resources she never imagined she had.

Why I Picked It: I think all the different elements come together really well. I like the reflection in the mirror, the map behind the title, the dotted yellow lines, and the landscape that looks like it could go on for days.

Zigzag Zigzag

Title:  How My Summer Went Up in Flames
Author:  Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (Facebook
Genre:  YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!
Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…

Why I Picked It: There's something about the body language that illustrates how lost the character is. I really am intrigued by it.

How My Summer Went Up in Flames Shadow of the Mark (Carrier #2)


Author: Morgan Matson (Facebook  |  Twitter)
GenresYA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life.

Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

Why I Picked It: I love the symbolism. To me, it's two people from two walks of life or just strangers to each other as they stand on opposite sides of the lines. Then their hands are joined, showing how the road brings them together. The only question is when the road goes away, will the relationship follow?

PineLight (PineLight #1)

PineLight (PineLight #1)

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