Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm So Proud and You Could Win!


So you may or may not know this...but I'm a freelance publicist and one of my lovely clients is Denise Jaden. Her debut novel, Losing Faith, comes out September 7th. That's just next week! I already pre-ordered my copy. Did you? If you need more convincing or if you're just as excited as I am, you definitely need to check out the launch party starting tomorrow. The photo above lets you know some items you can look forward to reading as well as some amazing prizes that need a good home to go to!! You don't want to miss this. For information about the IN-PERSON launch party, go to Denise's blog here.

Follow along so you don't miss a thing!! That would be a tragedy!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Leave a Mark's Online Auctions are BACK Supporting First Book

Leave a Mark auctions are back! If you aren't sure what that means, then you should definitely go over and learn more. As for those of you who are already aware, our first auction is for The Everafter...marked up the author herself, Amy Huntley!

Amy's Auction Link

Chelsea even set up dot.com site for the auctions. Don't worry, it's the same blog...so if you're already following, you're good. You should definitely follow the blog if you aren't though. We should have a schedule for future auctions this coming year up in a week or so. These auctions will go to right before the Christmas holidays if you want some one-of-a-kind AMAZING gifts for your loved ones this season.

Main Leave a Mark Site

Thank you to everyone who helped out the past two years...by spreading the word, donating a book, and even bidding/donating money. All money goes to First Book and they are a great charity to support for all us book lovers! We raised over a 1,000 dollars for new books in the past couple times. Help us make that number higher this year!!

--Lauren

I used Amazon Associates to post the book cover...so if you happen to buy through this link just to get the book in general, you are supporting Shooting Stars Mag. We get a tiny percentage of any sale through us!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Review + Giveaway: Alexis by Alexis Singer

Alexis by Alexis Singer and edited by Deborah Reber

Review by: Lauren

Review Copy From: TLC Book Tours

Amazon Associates: Buy the book from the link and we get a small percentage.

Official Summary:

In six words, an instant message changed Alexis forever.


After a rocky junior year of high school, Alexis Singer was lonely, stressed out, and vulnerable--the ideal target for an older man with bad intentions. When a message popped up on her computer screen one night from a message board acquaintance, she could never have known that by responding she was making a choice that would change her forever.


By posing as a friend and confidant, the man gave Alexis the attention she desperately craved and weaseled his way into her life in an unimaginable way. Within weeks, Alexis was sucked into an emotionally dependent relationship, engaging in cybersex and sending him explicit photos of herself. Somewhere along the way, she lost who she was and put her dreams for the future, relationships with friends and family, and psychological well-being on the line.

Review:
 
This is the second Louder the Words novel I've read. If you don't know what that means, it's a series of books written by teens about a pivotal moment in their lives. Alexis' story is about becoming obsessed with a man online. It started on a message board and progressed into emails, IM's, pictures, and even a video chat where she saw/heard him and he only heard her. This isn't an overly graphic story, but Alexis is very honest about certain things that this guy would say to her or ask her to do. She's even open about the pictures she'd send to him, desperate for the attention he would give her if she did...more time talking, wonderful comments about how beautiful she was.
 
You hear these stories all the time and as Alexis even says, you think "that would never be me"...until it is you. You just can't predict these things. Alexis was weary. She didn't like certain sexual comments this guy would make and turned away from his requests for nude photos. But things begin to change...her life in the real world isn't ideal and she starts to crave and cherish the attention she's getting, even if it's not in the best of ways. She'll analyze things and believe "this isn't so bad" until it simply progresses.
 
It's hard and takes time, but eventually things start to get better for Alexis. Little by little she can pull herself away from this guy, as he's known for over half the book...you only get his first name later on, just as Alexis did. I won't go into much more detail about the book as you should definitely read it for yourself and see just what some teens unfortunately have to face, how things come to life, the struggle to stay on track and away from the internet and this guy, and just what happens to this guy that really has Alexis furious.
 
Alexis' story is an intense, eye-opening read, but it's still a swift book and you'll find yourself flying through the pages. I think these memoirs are great and I'm glad they exist for the authors to get their stories out there and for others that might be able to read them and relate to learn more about a problem they wouldn't otherwise. These girls and guys are victims of abuse, whether people see that or not. These things happen and a lot and they should be given more awareness in other ways to truly get the point across to people that they should care.
 
In this memoir, Alexis talks about what happened throughout as an addiction...and then she finally comes to term with the fact of it being abuse. I think it's a bit of both though. She really was addicted to the way this guy could make her feel, when he was being nice and open and seemed to actually care, but he was abusing her and taking advantage of her...this man, who could have been her father. It's a horrible thing to think about but I do applaud Alexis for sharing her thoughts and emotions and more importantly her story so that others may come to understand a little more.
 
Giveaway-
 
Prize: One Copy of Alexis by Alexis Singer
 
Open To: U.S. and Canada (No P.O. Box) Must be 13 years of age or older
 
To Enter: What makes you want to read this book or the others in the Louder Than Words' Series?

Ends: August 31
 
Extra-
 
+1 leave a new comment here if you follow my blog
 
GRAND GIVEAWAY-
 
I have now reviewed Hannah and Alexis. You can enter to win Hannah if you go here and comment and you can obviously win Alexis on this post. However, there is another book titled Rae by my friend Chelsea from The Page Flipper. If you would like to win Hannah, Alexis, AND Rae then comment on Hannah and Alexis' reviews and you'll be entered for the grand prize. By commenting on each, you also are entered to win just Hannah and just Alexis. Sorry...there will not a seperate review for Rae as she's my friend and I'd feel weird reviewing her novel. Though I am reading and might still comment on things in an informal review.

Grand Giveaway ends August 31 as well.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Review: Three Witches by Paula Jolin

Three Witches by Paula Jolin


Review by: Lauren


Rate: 4 Stars

Also Reviewed For/Copy From: http://www.teensreadtoo.com

Amazon Associates: Buy the book from the side link, we get a small percentage

My Summary: Schoolmates, but not yet friends, Aliya, Gillian, and Miya all come from various cultural backgrounds: Aliya is Muslim, Gillian is from Trinidad, and Miya is Japanese. They come together to work magic in allowing themselves closure for the death of Trevor Saunders. Aliya was his secret girlfriend, Gillian was involved in a secret business and wants her money to get back home, and Miya had a secret argument the night he died that she’d do anything to take back.

My Review: Three Witches is less about magic and speaking with the dead and more about finding community in the most unlikely places and coming to terms with your parent’s heritage. All of these girls want something that their parents don’t seem to understand and to come out under their thumb, they have to work together.

One thing that I really enjoyed about Three Witches is that each character is a person of color and has a colorful upbringing and background. It’s not every day you have a character in a book that isn’t white, but to have all three main characters not be white? That’s definitely an interesting addition to this story and it wouldn’t have been the story it was if any of the characters were changed.

The ending is definitely one that will leave readers a bit questionable. It would make a wonderful book club discussion!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Quick Chat with Kirsten Miller (The Eternal Ones)

Interview with Kirsten Miller, author of The Eternal Ones

By: Lauren

Amazon Associates: If you buy the book through this link, we get a small percentage.

Fun Sites: http://www.theeternalones.com/ and http://www.ourorobossociety.com/

1. Suppose you are a reincarnation of a past self. Who would you have been? When would you have lived?


I could give you a fun, crazy answer, but I think I’ll go with the truth. When it comes to reincarnation, I’m not necessarily a “believer.” However, I have always wondered if I might have lived in Europe during World War II. And if I did, you can bet your butt that I didn’t spend it twiddling my thumbs and hoping for the best. I would have been fighting behind the scenes somewhere. Perhaps in the catacombs under Paris as a member of the French Resistance. (This would explain my strange fascination with underground cities. And my passionate love of wine and cheese. It would not explain why—despite years of classes—I can’t speak French to save myself. Seriously. French people laugh at the way I garble their language.) I haven’t had any visions of this WWII existence, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all to find out I’d been around back then.

2. Will The Eternal Ones be part of a series?

How many books does it take to be a series? (I honestly don’t know.) There will be a sequel! I just finished writing it. (But I don’t have a final title yet. For me, the title is always the most difficult decision.) Book Two picks up the story one year after the events in The Eternal Ones, and the action kicks in immediately. In order to rescue someone she loves, Haven Moore is forced to infiltrate the Ouroboros Society and cozy up to Adam Rosier. I don’t think anyone will be able guess what happens from there . . .

As for a book three, I’m going to let the universe make that decision for me. (I have a Kiki Strike book inside my head that’s kicking and screaming to be set free. I’ll need to finish that first!)

3. Do you have a soundtrack of songs that fit the book? If not, what's one song that you feel describes The Eternal Ones or is a specific characters' theme?

When I think of the soundtrack for The Eternal Ones, I immediately think of songs that aren’t necessarily rooted in any one time or place (unless it’s New York, of course). The music I’d choose is the sort of stuff will always be around. In fact the songs that were playing in my head while I wrote were—more often than not—Rolling Stones songs. Mick Jagger did sinister and sexy better than anyone. Gimme Shelter, for instance, is the perfect mixture of fear, longing, and foreboding. Miss You is one of the best love songs ever written (as well as being one of the greatest songs about New York City). Paint it Black would be a great addition. And how could I not choose Sympathy for the Devil for my soundtrack? Heh.

 
The Eternal Ones Trailer
 

Contest

Hey guys. I know I haven't really been around--life has been busy. I'm finishing up a class right now, so as soon as that is done I should have a whole slew of reviews and stuff up. For now here's a contest, one I've been meaning to put up since the end of May.

Up for grabs?

-- An e-galley of The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur
-- An e-galley of Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
-- An e-galley of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
-- An e-galley of You by Charles Benoit
-- ARC of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
-- Swag

To enter: Just fill out the form below.

Open to: Worldwide. Anyone can win this one.

Ends: August 25 at Midnight PST; The winner will be notified via email on the 26th.



Note: All of these are extra from BEA.

-Alicia

Sunday, August 15, 2010

In My Mailbox- Lauren Rants About UK Soaps

From the Laptop of Lauren: I don't normally do In My Mailbox posts. I know, I know, I say that every single time I make one...but it's true, in case you weren't already aware. However, I do like bragging about some of the fun books I actually buy. Today one of the books I ordered from The Book Depository (which is amazing...FREE SHIPPING PEOPLE!) came in. That would be Hollyoaks: Girl Talk by Lucie Cave. If you know me really really well, you might know that I'm a bit obsessed with the show Hollyoaks. Yes, it's a UK soap and no, I'm not from the UK (oh hail the power of youtube!) I first fell in love with this show a couple years back and followed the story line of John Paul McQueen. Through him, I met his lovely family of ALL GIRLS...as time went on, he left the show and I would pay attention to other people's story lines. I haven't watched it in awhile...one bad thing about characters you fall in love with leaving the show...

That doesn't mean I don't like Hollyoaks and if Youtube stays with me, I'm hoping to go back and follow the story lines of some people I missed. Not the WHOLE storyline of course...I do have some semblance of a life and UK soaps are like US soaps...they air every.day.of.the.week.

Back to the book though...this novel is a collection of photos and interviews with the McQueen girls (yes, the lovely ladies that surrounded my John Paul---minus Tina who died {in the show people!!} and plus a new found McQueen daughter whose story I haven't seen) But besides that, I know most of these ladies and I thought it would be really fun to hear more about the behind-the-scenes of being a girl on the set of Hollyoaks as well as simply being ACTRESSES in a HIT soap.

Okay, I'm done rambling...I'm sure like 99.9 % of you have no idea what I'm talking about so I feel like I should quit boring you. I'm still really excited though. So be excited for me, yes?

Now...fun-tastic giveaways you should all be entering!!

$160 to CSN Stores-Ends Aug. 31

The Mug Every Writer Should Own- Aug.27



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Friday, August 13, 2010

Whose Novel Do You Want to Be In?! (Giveaway Information)



So author Denise Jaden (Losing Faith) is having a really awesome giveaway on her blog for the mug you see above. How cool would that look on your writing desk? You know you authors and wannabe authors would LOVE This, so definitely enter away! It ends August 27th!

Now for the question portion: If you could be put in anybody's novel who would you pick and why? You can go and answer this for Denise and enter the giveaway too, but I'd love it if you'd copy and paste your answers here as well for my benefit!

My Answer: John Green because he has some amazing characters, and I'd love to be included in his "world." Also...J.K. Rowling because I grew up on Harry Potter and I can't be alone in wishing I got my Hogwarts letter, right? And finally...Stephen Chbosky. Any novel. I absolutely adore Perks of Being a Wallflower and I'd love to be in ANY future novel of his. 

So what about you?  

Denise also has another amazing contest going on that I just HAD to share. You want an ARC of Halo, Trance, and Hold Me Closer Necromancer (I'd LOVE the last one myself!)? Then enter here! If more people enter, she might even add Infinite Days which would be stellar because honestly you guys, that book is sweeeet!! This one ends on August 19!  

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ripley's Believe it or Not: Enter if You Dare's Arty Side

Ripley's Believe it or Not: Enter if You Dare

Review by: Lauren

Review Copy: I was sent a copy to review. All opinions are mine.

Review: Most people should know what these books are about as a new one seems to come out every year. But a quick update is that it's a collection of amazing feats, artwork, stories, and more that they package up in a nice book for all to enjoy with bright colored photos!

To start off on the negative side, I hate photos of spiders. They give me the chills and I want to throw the book. So I tended to stay away from some of the beginning sections as it deals with all sorts of creepy crawly things. Besides that though, I enjoy the Ripley books. You learn all sorts of amazing and interesting facts.

For example, one of the smallest teens in the world is Jyoti Amge from India. She only stands 23.5 inches tall, yet still enjoys a life like every other teen her age. On the page, you can pull back one of the covers and it shows you a full-length, actual size picture of Jyoti which really gives you perspective on how short she is. But again, that isn't stopping her and that's great! She's even been in a video with Mika Singh, a singer from India.

One of my most favorite sections was Artistic License. I wish I could be creative in this sense, but alas, I must enjoy the work of others. Liu Bolin is the Invisible Man. He uses paint to make himself blend into the background of various settings. The pictures in the book are amazing, even showing him in front of a telephone booth in London. It said that many that walk by don't ever notice him!





Another wonderful artist is Erika Simmons who creates pieces under the name "Ghosts in the Machine." She takes old cassette tapes and makes art of famous faces. Below you see her creation of Jimi Hendrix. How amazing is this? I love music so I think this would be something wonderful to have of a favorite singer!



Finally, you have one of my absolute favorites that were featured. I've found so many great artists I'd love to know more about from this book, but Nicholas Hendrickx is just doing something so fascinating and talented, he has to be the highlight of this review. Mr. Hendrickx takes your everyday, common fly and puts them into his pieces. Voila! You get flies skateboarding, swimming in a ducky raft,and one of my favorites...holding an umbrella! Yes, this is pretty much magic the way he gets these flies to do his bidding!






To learn more about these fabulous artists, and learn a lot of other interesting things, be sure to pick up your copy of Ripley's Believe it or Not: Enter if you Dare. 



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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The "Remember 9/11" Project...Please Read



So I want to remember September 11, 2001 in a bigger way. Next year it will be the ten year anniversary. I came up with an idea to commerorate the day and surrounding events, but hopefully in a more positive way...instead of something crippled by the events having just happened. The project, once finished, will be a book...and I want this to be published in time for the tenth anniversary. And you know what's cool? I talked to a publishing company that could do this and it would be an honor for me, but you see, I need help. I need people...big names and small names, known and unknown...to get in touch and be willing to help out.

I want people from New York and the rest of the United States...but I want people from other countries too. If you think you could be of help or just want to know more details, let me know. If you're an author, please write. If you know authors, tell them. You don't have to be a writer though. I'm just a regular person and I want you all too. I want celebrities and non-celebrities. I want YOU!

So please, email me if you want to know more and please spread the word: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Thanks and Remember With Me!

--Lauren

Review: The New Brighton Archeological Society

The New Brighton Archeological Society- Book One: The Castle of Galomar

by: Mark Andrew Smith and Matthew Weldon

Review by: Lauren

Copy Sent for Review, but All Opinions are Mine.

Official Summary: Out of the ashes of misfortune will rise the next generation of great adventurers! After their parents are lost on an archeological expedition, four children begin to unlock the secrets of their parents' mysterious lives, discovering a hidden world of mystical artifacts, mythical creatures, and arcane knowledge. Soon they find themselves drawn into a conflict over a great library that has kept two kingdoms at war for centuries, the children must save an enchanted forest, the birthplace of magic itself. Join us as these children become the latest members of the fabled New Brighton Archeological Society, and take their first steps towards their true destiny!

Review:

Siblings Joss and Cooper and Becca and Benny are orphans just starting to realize the true nature of who their parents were. When they find a secret clubhouse, they begin the journey to finish what their parents had lost their lives doing. It's a fun adventure book that would surely please various ages. I personally enjoyed the character, Mitch, who was a goblin the kids meet along the way. He's a bit amusing and self-righteous, but a very good friend.

One thing that I found a bit interesting is that everyone seemed to speak as if much older than their years. I don't know if that's common in comics or if it's just this book. It works though. As a fantasy, you have to dispel reality a bit anyway...so it's nice to see the characters capable of surviving instead of acting like bumbling children.

The ending leaves you on a bit of a cliffhanger when it comes to the central villian Galomar, getting readers excited to read the next installment. The very last page of the book, and I mean the inside of the back over, has one last illustration that had me giggling. It's a humorous way of wrapping up a loose end that you might actually forget about until you turn that page!

As for the illustrations, I thought they were really well done. There's a lot of bright colors and all the characters are easily distinguishable from the rest. I really enjoyed looking at the background in some of the panels as it was realistically and intricately done in parts.

This is a fast read and a lot of fun! I'd definitely recommend for those who don't read a lot or tweens on up.


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Do You Know How To Make a Button?!

Hey-

I know a teeny tiny bit of html but that's it...and I definitely have no idea on how to make a button. However, I'm planning an event for October and I'd love to have some way of promoting it so if you think yo can help me out...please let me know!

Thanks,
Lauren

P.S. leave a comment here with your email or email me here: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Monday, August 2, 2010

Careful or You'll End Up in My Novel + $160 Gift Card Giveaway!



Who doesn't love a good contest? I mean, can you really say no to that? Denise Jaden and Linda Gerber happen to have two fabulous ones going on right now!

First up, Denise is giving away that amazing mug at the top. If you can't see the picture, it says "Careful Or You'll End Up in My Novel." What author or aspiring author or simply any writer could pass this up? It makes me smile every time I read it, and it's so true! Writers get inspiration from all sorts of places, so don't piss them off...you just might find something about you or what you did in a future story or novel.

To enter away, go here and let Denise know just whose novel you wouldn't mind being in!! Get those thinking caps on and imagine away!!

Next up, Linda Gerber is having a fun CSN stores giveaway. They offered her $80 to give away for any item in their store...$80 YOU can spend. Better than that? Linda doubled that with her own money making it $160 you can spend anywhere at CSN stores. For all you book lovers, get a sweet new bookcase...if you like to cook, tons of supplies!!...and so so so much more. I've even gotten a really nice dog bed for my little one from CSN. You don't want to miss this one so head on over and enter away!


Hannah by Hannah Westberg Review + Giveaway

Hannah by Hannah Westberg and edited by Deborah Reber

Review by: Lauren

Copy Sent from TLC Book Tours

Series Site: http://www.louderthanwordsbooks.com/

Official Summary: In Hannah, author Hannah Westberg writes, “The psych ward is where you go to get from fragile to shattered. It’s like taking your car to get washed and getting your windshield broken in the process.” As told through brutally honest vignettes, Hannah brings the reader into one teen’s world of dangerous behaviors—from pill popping and excessive dieting to cutting and suicide attempts—brought on by the author’s borderline personality disorder.


Review: The first time I heard about this series, I had a feeling I would enjoy them, and I'm fairly sure I'm right. So far I've only read Hannah's story but I can't wait to continue. Each book is a little under 200 pages and put together in a small portable size. I even read Hannah's book in one day!

Hannah has had borderline personality disorder most of her life, but she didn't realize that's what it was called for a long time. Instead, she felt she simply had depression. She went through moments in her life where she swayed back and forth on her weight, ended up in a rehab center after a suidice attempt, abused prescription drugs, and even dealt with the self-destructive act of cutting.

One thing that stuck out to me was how Hannah mentioned the "emo phase" when it comes to cutting. She started a few years before this really took off but she does have people asking her if that's why she did it. Of course, it's not, and I hate how people think cutting is all about being "emo" or part of a phase. It's a real problem that should not be pushed aside or ignored, so I liked that she mentioned that a bit.

This is definitely a wonderful memoir. It's amazing how someone so young (Hannah is now 19) could have gone through so much personally, in her family, and with her friends. I think this novel and the others in the series would be wonderful for teens to read to see that they aren't alone with their problems and feelings, as well as adults to see that there is more going on in some young adult's lives than they realize.

Hannah read like a book of short stories that have been brought together to form the larger picture. You'll find certain things mentioned early on that won't be expanded on until later, but it works! And since the overall memoir isn't very long and reads very fast, it's not hard to keep up and follow along.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this memoir. I will be posting a review of Alexis on August 23rd so keep an eye out for that one. There will be a big giveaway if you comment on both reviews where you win Hannah, Alexis, and Rae (Chelsea's book). For now though, read on to see how you can get your hands on a copy of Hannah!

Think you have a story to tell? If you're a teen and want to try your hand at possibly being part of the Louder than Words series, go here!

Author Information:

Hannah Westberg lives in Vancouver, Washington. She earned her GED and plans to enroll in Portland Community College’s drug and alcohol counselor certification program. When she’s not babysitting, she is probably volunteering for political and charity organizations, as well as participating in flash mobs.

Deborah Reber, editor of the Louder Than Words memoirs, is a bestselling author of nonfiction books for teens, including Chill and In Their Shoes.

Giveaway:

Prize: A copy of Hannah by Hannah Westberg

Open To: U.S. and Canada (No P.O. Box) Must be 13 years of age or older.

Ends: August 31

To Enter: The Louder than Words series' titles are the author's first names (or in the case of Chelsea, her middle name). But if you could come up with your own title for a memoir on your life, what would it be called?

Lauren's Answer: I'd name my memoir "Tales of a Nursery School Drop-Out"



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Sunday, August 1, 2010

I'd Like My Book Covers with Plus-Size Models, Please!



Steph Su wrote a post just a couple days ago about how she wants to see more Asians on the cover of books. I highly enjoyed her post and even read some of the wonderful comments she recieved. One of them mentioned seeing a post about books with plus-size characters but not plus-size models on the cover.

Unfortunately, I did not see this particular post...but I do remember that in a copy of Entertainment Weekly they showed off some Chick-Lit covers that had much smaller models on the cover than in the inside of the pages (and I'm sure you'll see some of the ones they mentioned below). I think readers are more mature than this too...and I would personally like to see more covers with plus-size models. They exist in the world. Not all girls (and guys) are thin and beautiful looking. Just like there should be more covers with Asians and African-Americans and any other race that is written about, there should be covers where the models depict realistic girls. I'm not saying all books, but if the book has a plus-size character, then please show one on the cover!

If somebody won't buy a book because of the cover, then that's their problem. There are still going to be plenty of people that might stop and purchase the book BECAUSE publishing companies are showing real people on the cover...whether they are of a different race or just so happen to not be a size 2.

I mean, look at the cover of Big Boned by Meg Cabot. Yes, she has some slight curves...and no, her dress won't zip up! They are showing that she is meant to be a bit bigger...but honestly, the model still doesn't seem like she's plus-size to me. I think it's the dress and the fact that she has hips that give that impression more than anything. And why can't we see her face? Is it because she'd seem much smaller from the front? Who knows? But I have a feeling it might be part of the case...

Photo Source

Then you have another novel by Meg Cabot called Size 14 is Not Fat Either (the sequel to Size 12 is Not Fat) which is great! I applaud Meg for stating this, because it's true! These are much more normal sizes for women than what models are. But the cover you see over there on the right? I'm not so sure I would believe that the woman is a size 14. Okay, you see only her shirt and arms basically...but when I look at this, I think small, skinny model again that is simply hiding their  actual size with a shirt. I wouldn't believe that I'd see this woman's whole body with curves and a little meat to her bones! Maybe some of these are just me...but wouldn't you like to see a "regular" person on a book cover for once? Everyone seems to be thin and pretty. So yes, I understand the look thing...their models, but can you at least use plus-size models and make more of us average folk feel a bit better?

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Now one book that I would see in stores or online and think "this is an average-looking girl" is The Duff by Kody Keplinger, which isn't even out yet. The Duff, as you can see from the photo, is "The Designated Ugly Fat Friend." I haven't read this book so I can't say for sure...but I'm betting that you don't always have to be bigger or considered "fat" to feel like the Duff or even be one. However, the girl on the front is cute and seems like your average teen to me. Yes, I realize she's blowing a bubble and that could be the cause of her cheeks seeming fuller and more rounded...but I'll take it, even if that's not always what the model looks like. She definitely gives off the plus-size look better than others and with the added freckles, it makes her seem less like some book cover model and more like a normal girl that represents all of us out there.

Now this last picture isn't a book cover...but I wanted to post it so that you all can see an example of someone that I would look at and consider to be a plus-size model. To me, she's beautiful, but she's also not stick-thin like a ballerina. She looks realistic and I love that the outfit shows off her legs and her hips. She has curves...it doesn't mean she shouldn't flaunt them! And I don't see plus-size as just curvy. It means you might be a bigger size, but you're healthy and you're being yourself. It's a new type of model that I hope to see more of on book covers. It would mean a lot to me and show we are improving in time, and I hope it would mean a lot to other people as well.




So thanks to Steph for writing her post and inspiring this one. Feel free to discuss in the comments or make your own post featuring different covers. I'd love to hear more on the topic of book covers.

--Lauren