Top Twelve Favourite YA Book Cover Designs In 2017 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I count down my top ten choices on a particular theme. This weekly event is hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Twelve Favourite YA Book Cover Designs In 2017 (So Far).

As regular readers of Pop! Goes The Reader are by now no doubt aware, there are few things I appreciate more than a well-designed book cover. I even have an entire feature devoted to the celebration of them! So, you can therefore likely imagine how excited I was when I learned that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme was all about book covers. The visual arts can convey a story or a feeling just as powerfully as any spoken or written language and it is because of this that a book’s cover can play a powerful role in a book’s initial success or failure. A book cover offers readers one of the earliest opportunities to better understand the story held within its pages and can have a significant impact on how readers will subsequently approach said story. Cover design in the young adult market has improved drastically in recent years, and I’ve been particularly impressed with many of the designs that have already been shared in 2017. Today, I’ll be sharing a list of my top twelve favourite book cover designs in 2017 thus far. If these are any indication of the continued evolution of book cover design, the future’s so bright, we’ll have to wear shades.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit the designers, artists and illustrators responsible for the beautiful covers below whenever possible. If you know of an uncredited contributor responsible for any of these designs, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

01. Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popović (Illustrated by Lisa Perrin)
02. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (Design by Danielle Mazzella di Bosco)

03. The Library Of Fates by Aditi Khorana (Design by Theresa Evangelista, Art by Brice Chaplet)
04. It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura (Illustrated by Grace Lee)

05. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Design by Samira Iravani, Illustrated by Adams Carvalho)
06. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (Design by Aurora Parlagreco, Art by Daniel Stolle)

07. Once And For All by Sarah Dessen (Design by Theresa Evangelista)
08. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (Design by Erin Fitzsimmons, Art by Simón Prades)

09. A Line In The Dark by Malinda Lo (Design by Kristin Smith-Boyle, Typography by Stina Persson)
10. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Design by Regina Flath)

11. A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor (Design by Elaine Demasco and Theresa Evangelista)
12. The Careful Undressing Of Love by Corey Ann Haydu (Design by Theresa Evangelista, Art by Antonio Rodrigues Jr.)

14 responses to “Top Twelve Favourite YA Book Cover Designs In 2017 (So Far)”

  1. Oh my goodness. So many of these covers are absolutely beautiful and have totally caught my eye. Such great colours!

  2. All of these covers are gorgeous!For me, Wild Beauty is definitely my favourite. So many pretty flowers!

  3. Astilbe says:

    They Both Die at the End has a unique title and cover. It sounds so good!

    Here is my TTT.
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  4. Great selection! I love the covers of When Dimple Met Rishi and A Map for Wrecked Girls.
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  5. Brenda says:

    Wild Beauty is such a pretty cover. Link to my TTT

  6. Martina says:

    I don´t like It´s not like it´s a secret at all but rest of them are really beautiful <3

  7. Such wonderful choices! I particularly love Wicked Like a Wildfire, Wild Beauty, and When Dimple Met Rishi.
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  8. Wiked Like A WIldfire is so pretty! I’d buy it just to keep looking at it. I’ve wanted to read We Are Ok for a while now and It’s Not Like it’s A Secret looks like it’d be my new favorite book. 🙂 Check my list out at

  9. Samira Iravani says:

    Hi Jen! I love your blog, super excited to see this post too. 🙂 Just a heads up, We Are Okay was illustrated by the very talented Adams Carvalho (and designed by me). Once and For All was also designed by Theresa Evangelista. Anna Booth and Nancy Brennan designed the interiors.

  10. Chrystal says:

    Wow! The one I’m drawn to most is The Careful Undressing Of Love. It’s stunning. And I love the cover on WDMR.
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  11. I’m reading It’s Not Like It’s A Secret right now and it’s excellent so far. 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

  12. The designers for A MAP FOR WRECKED GIRLS were Elaine Demasco and Theresa Evangelista. Thank you for the shout out!

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