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Cover Reveal: AUTOFOCUS by Lauren Gibaldi

 Today we are so excited to host the cover reveal of Lauren Gibaldi's second novel, AUTOFOCUS (HarperTeen, 2016). The book sounds fabulous and we hope you love the cover as much as we do!

Here it is....

 About the Book


It’s always been a loaded word for Maude. And when she is given a senior photography assignment—to create a portfolio that shows the meaning of family—she doesn’t quite know where to begin. But she knows one thing: without the story of her birth mother, who died when Maude was born, her project will be incomplete.

So Maude decides to visit her best friend, Treena, at college in Tallahassee, Florida, where Maude’s birth mother once lived. But when Maude arrives, she quickly discovers that Treena has changed. With a new boyfriend and a packed social calendar, Treena doesn’t seem to have time for Maude—or helping Maude in her search.

Enter Bennett, a cute guy who lives in Treena’s dorm. He understands Maude’s need to find her mother. And as Bennett helps Maude in her search, she starts to find that her mother’s past doesn’t have to define her own future.

Lauren Gibaldi has crafted a beautiful and timely coming-of-age story that poses the question: Is who we are determined at birth, or can we change as we grow?

Lauren's thoughts

One year ago I asked YA Highway to reveal the cover of my first novel, THE NIGHT WE SAID YES. Now, we're here with my second. I can't even begin to explain how excited I am!

AUTOFOCUS is about a lot of things, but mostly it's about figuring out who you are, outside your family. I had no idea how that would be translated into a cover, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw what the creators at Harper came up with. I love it! It's so simply and lovely. I love how Maude is central, and somewhat in focus, somewhat blurry (just how she sees herself). I love how she looks like an actual teenager, and her freckles are delightful. And I love how they integrated the photography element without making it overwhelming. I'm just so happy.

The cover didn't change much from the first draft--some colors, some spacing, a tagline added, and that's it. And I think it's because we all knew that it was right for the book from the start. And now that you've seen it, I’m so excited for you to read it!

About Lauren
Lauren Gibaldi is a public librarian who's been, among other things, a magazine editor, high school English teacher, bookseller, and circus aerialist (seriously). She has a BA in literature and a master's degree in library and information studies. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and daughter. Her first novel was THE NIGHT WE SAID YES.

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

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