Girls in Jeans
Or…. I think they’re girls :) They have no heads, no legs. How It’s Done by Christine Kole MacLean (Flux 2006), The Second Virginity of Suzy Green by Sara Hants (Flux 2007), Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Delacorte 2007), and Snitch by Allison Van Diepen (Simon Pulse 2007) all show the torso of a jean-clad figure. The top two, both showing one hand behind the back seem to explore almost opposite subjects. Both are from the same publisher (same designer?). Usually when I find similar covers, they come from different publishers – so this is unusual. In both of the bottom books, the title appears as a tattoo. Reminds me of the fist books – title written or tattooed on skin. Magical tattoos and gangs are the subjects here.
These books join the trend of cut off body parts on book covers for teens that I’ve noticed and heard referenced by one art director. I wonder if this attracts teen girls?
How It’s Done: Eighteen-year-old Grace, raised in a fundamentalist home, makes a bid for personal freedom by becoming involved in an affair with a much older college professor, and soon learns she has traded in one kind of prison for another. (Ages 14+)
The Second Virginity of Suzy Green: After moving to Adelaide, Australia, seventeen-year-old Suzy finds that completely transforming her life — including joining a Virginity Club and running for class office — has its challenges, especially when a boy from her past recognizes her and asks her out. (Ages 14+)
Tattoo: When four fifteen-year-old friends share the temporary tattoos they bought from a mysterious woman at the mall, each develops psychic powers that will help them fight the ancient being who plans to wreak havoc at their school dance. (Ages 12+)
Snitch: This book explores the world of street gangs in Brooklyn, New York. (Ages 14+)