Today we have a cover reveal from an upcoming HarperTeen release: NOW IS EVERYTHING by Amy Giles, releasing fall 2017!
Here's an overview of the book:
Be the smartest. Be the best. And be invisible when necessary.
Hadley McCauley knows that’s how you survive in her household. So she’s the perfect student, perfect athlete, and perfect daughter, all to keep her father happy and off her little sister Lila’s case.
The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this flawless family is hiding a dark secret.
Hadley will do anything to keep Lila safe from their father’s abuse. But when Hadley starts secretly dating Charlie Simmons, the boy she’s had a crush on for years, her world shifts. As their relationship deepens, the tension, violence, and stakes at home escalate, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.
When Hadley arrives at the hospital after the accident and attempts to take her own life, everyone—from her friends to her doctors, to the investigator on the case and her family—wants to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking.
Now Is Everything is a powerful story told in alternating THEN and NOW chapters about what one girl is willing to do to protect her p and future.
And Amy is here to share her thoughts on the cover:
I have no design skills whatsoever. I rely on trusted friends and family to tell me if my clothes even match. That’s why I was more than willing to leave the direction of the cover design in the capable hands of my brilliant designer, Katie Fitch.
My first reaction (well, second; I cried first) was: “Wow! Look at that smug sky.” By “smug,” I mean it’s the same deceptively cheery sky that the story opens with, after Hadley survives the plane crash: But the sky is a perfect crisp blue, like someone forgot to tell it to wipe that smug smile off its face.
What I also loved about the design was the dissonance between the sky and the ground, as if a dark cloud is passing overhead. We used Magritte’s Empire of Light paintings as inspiration to set the mood. Although the skywriting looks carefree and wistful, it also connotes a warning of what’s to come, like in The Wizard of Oz (“SURRENDER DOROTHY”). And then there’s Hadley. Her figure stands so heroically against the sky and landscape. Her pose and stance took a little finessing to strike the perfect balance of strong and capable, but also contemplative, suggesting the dark secret in her life beneath her bright exterior.
Get ready for the reveal...
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