Not only does author Rebecca Barrow have amazing hair and style, she also has a fantastic book cover! Scroll down to get a look at the reveal for YOU DON'T KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU, a YA contemporary coming 2017 from HarperTeen -- and enter to win an ARC!
There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about.
Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life.
Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, consisting not only of the greatest family ever but of a snarky, loyal, sometimes infuriating best friend, Rose; a sweet, smart musician boyfriend, Julian; and a beloved camera that turns the most fleeting moments of her day-to-day routine into precious, permanent memories.
But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.
Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey’s situation made a choice, one that started Audrey’s entire story. Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what-ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and Rose. Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder—what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer?
Rebecca Barrow’s bright, honest debut novel about chance, choice, and unconditional love is a heartfelt testament to creating the future you truly want, one puzzle piece at a time.
And here's what Rebecca has to say about the cover design:
My very favourite part of the cover for YOU DON’T KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU is her nail polish. When I first saw the cover I was so overwhelmed—it popped into my inbox one day with no warning and it’s a big moment, your first book cover, so my brain kind of froze. But I zeroed in on the nail polish and was instantly sold; it’s just so absolutely Audrey and completely grabbed my heart.
I wasn’t hugely involved in the design process; I sent a selection of images that I thought fit the story and a lot of existing covers that I love, and then the wonderful designer (Sarah Creech) came up with what we have. The book deals with some big, difficult things, but it’s also about the everyday of life and love and being seventeen, and so I love the pretty, almost-painterly font of the title against the real-world background. To me, it’s a perfect representation of the escape Audrey seeks in her art from her overwhelming reality. I hope readers will fall in love with this cover as much as I did.
And now, for the reveal!
Rebecca Barrow writes stories about girls and all the wonders they can be. A lipstick obsessive with the ability to quote the entirety of Mean Girls, she lives in England, where it rains a considerable amount more than in the fictional worlds of her characters. She collects tattoos, cats, and more books than she could ever possibly read.
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