Obiously from the numbers, t-shirt titles are pretty popular. I’m guessing they’re mostly photoshopped in, but some of them look like real shirts. Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner (Random House 2008, c2007) – photoshopped in? Dishes by Rich Wallace (Viking 2008) looks real. Boy Minus Girl by Richard Uhlig (Knopf 2008) – obviously digitally added. The Homeschool Liberation League by Lucy Frank (Dial 2009) looks real – and Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana (HarperTeen 2009) even credits an artist for the t-shirt art. Deep in the Heart of High School by Veronica Goldbach (Farrar Straus Giroux 2009), hmmm… digitally added “Deep in the Heart of” (High School is obvious)?
I like them. Actually, I like this paperback cover of Spanking Shakespeare a lot better than the hardcover. They’re different enough from one another to keep them from seeming repetitive.
But yeah. Gotta crop out those heads and legs…
Spanking Shakespeare: Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend. Ages 14+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Dishes: Nineteen-year-old Danny spends an eventful summer in Maine, looking for romance, working as a “straight” dishwasher in a gay bar, and trying to reconnect with his estranged father. Ages 14+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4,
Boy Minus Girl: When his charming but irresponsible uncle comes to visit his small Kansas hometown, fourteen-year-old Les Ekhardt hopes to get tips from him about succeeding with girls, but he learns much more important lessons from his stodgy, predictable parents and friendships with a lesbian classmate and one of Uncle Ray’s former girlfriends. Ages 14+. Reviews 1, 2, 3,
Homeschool Liberation League: Thirteen-year-old Katya convinces her parents to try homeschooling her for a month, but while she is finally excited about learning–and about Milo, the violin prodigy who lives nearby–not everything works out as she had hoped. Ages 10+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Riding the Universe: Seventeen-year-old Chloé, who inherited her uncle’s beloved Harley after his death, spends the subsequent year trying to pass chemistry, wondering whether she should look for her birth parents, and beginning an unlikely relationship with her chemistry tutor, while also trying to figure out how she really feels about the boy who has been her best friend since they were children. Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Jacket design by Joel Tippie. Jacket photograph by Ali Smith. T-shirt art by Darren Brass.
Deep in the Heart of High School: Three friends, Olivia Silverstein, Fatima Garcia, and Vanessa Reynolds, help one another through family troubles, romantic crushes, and the perils of freshman year at a San Antonio, Texas, high school. Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3.