I pretty much never do cover reveals, but unless you’re a new follower to this blog (which many of you are! Hi! Welcome!) you’re probably aware that the obscenely beautifully written New Adult debut UNTEACHABLE by Leah Raeder was one of my favorite books of 2013. (In fact, you can read my experience of stumbling upon it in this interview I did with the author.) So you can imagine how crazy excited I was to learn that it was super well deservedly picked up by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, along with a separate contemporary NA standalone that I would punch a lion for.
However, the sale was bittersweet, because how could you not love that original cover (pictured at right), described by the author-designer herself as looking “like someone puked up a string of partially digested Christmas lights”? And yet here it was going to be redone? QUELLE HORREUR. As someone who has an e-book and not one but two hard copies (glossy *and* matte!), not counting the one I perhaps ill-advisedly purchased for my mother, I found it immeasurably sad to be losing Neon Girl.
Then I saw the new cover, and holy hell did that make up for it.
You wanna see what I mean, don’t you?
You can do that.
Just, ya know:
No, not yet.
Are you thinking in expletive form? I know I did ❤ Not only does the new cover keep the glorious neon brightness of the old one, beautifully capturing the carnival of the opening scene where main character Maise and love interest Evan meet, but it also has the most perfect, perfect, perfect depiction of Maise they could’ve possibly found. She’s a gorgeous badass, with just a touch of vulnerability, and oh God I love it so much.
Oh, and for those of you questionable souls who haven’t read it a zillion times, and don’t own a bajillion copies, here’s the blurb and where you can buy it:
An edgy, sexy USA Today bestseller about falling for the last guy you should…your high school teacher.
Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.
But life has a way of throwing her plans into freefall.
When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.
That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.
Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.
Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.
As for the cover, given that I basically stared at it for like an hour after Leah sent it, and have kind “checked in on it” every day since, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I think it makes for pretty stunning artwork. And so does Leah, which is why she is awesomely GIVING AWAY A SIGNED 20″x30″ POSTER OF IT. Want that as crazy badly as I do? Check out the giveaway on her blog!
And, of course, if that’s not enough Leah Raeder, you can always find more here:
- WEB: http://www.leahraeder.com/
- FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/leahraederbooks
- TWITTER: http://twitter.com/LeahRaeder
Feel free to leave a comment about how freaking awesome and gorgeous it is, BECAUSE I NEED TO GUSH WITH PEOPLE.