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Cover Reveal: NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy!

Today we are so pleased to host the cover reveal of Michelle Levy's debut novel, NOT AFTER EVERYTHING

Hello, fellow YA lovers! I’m Michelle Levy, debut author of Not After Everything, an edgy contemporary novel coming from Dial/Penguin on August 4, 2015. I’m so excited to finally be able to share my cover with the world!

Not After Everything

A gritty but hopeful love story about two struggling teens—
great for fans of
The Spectacular Now, Willow, and  Eleanor and Park

Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn’t (money). Tyler finds a job that crashes him into Jordyn, his former childhood friend turned angry-loner goth-girl. She brings Tyler an unexpected reprieve from the never-ending pity party his life has become. How could he not fall for her? But with his dad more brutally unpredictable than ever, Tyler knows he can’t risk bringing Jordyn too deeply into the chaos. So when violence rocks his world again, will it be Jordyn who shows him the way to a hopeful future? Or after everything, will Tyler have to find it in himself?

And now . . . without further ado . . . the cover:

My thoughts? I absolutely love it! I love the font. I love the colors. I love the simplicity of the design, how it’s unlike anything  I can think of. I love how it’s just the two of them against a vast nothingness, which I think perfectly represents how isolated Tyler and Jordyn feel from the world and how they are enough support for each other. But my favorite part of the whole thing is the crumpled paper. I don’t know if you know of the trick some parents and teachers use to explain hurt feelings to little kids which goes something like this: You give the child a paper heart and tell them to crumple it up, and then you tell them to smooth it back out. See how it will never be the way it was before you crumpled it? That’s how someone’s heart feels when you hurt their feelings—the wounds heal but the person will be forever changed. Well, this reminds me of that lesson and I think it’s quite brilliant. Jessie Sayward Bright really hit it out of the park with this cover design.

Thanks, YA Highway, for celebrating this very exciting moment with me!

If you like the sound of Not After Everything, be sure to add it to your Goodreads list!

Michelle Levy hails from Denver, Colorado and now lives in Los Angeles, California, where she works as a casting director for film and television, casting such projects as Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Bruce Almighty, Vampire Academy and more. Not After Everything is her debut novel. Visit Michelle online at, on twitter @m_levy, on Facebook at michelle.levy.142, and on Pinterest at michellelevy13.

Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie is the William C. Morris award-winning author of Charm & Strange, Complicit, Delicate Monsters, and The Smaller Evil.

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  1. Terrific cover! So many creative elements, from the heart shadow to the bird's eye view, to the crinkled paper background to the choice of marker font. Congrats!

  2. Congratulations, Michelle! So exciting!!

  3. That is a GREAT cover--and the story inside sounds great, too!


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