Friday, May 27, 2011

Shelf Analysis - YA has (another) Heart Attack

Once upon a time, I wrote a post about a YA trend that involved hearts. Lots and lots of hearts.  Well, apparently hearty covers must really be selling well, as they are still absolutely everywhere.  And, the more I looked into it, the more I found heart-astic covers on not-so-recent releases.  It's been something we've been stumbling into over the last 5 or so years.

In other words, the heart is here to stay.


You Had Me At Halo by Amanda Ashby
Undercover by Beth Kaphart


Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
My Beating Teenage Heart by C.K. Kelly Martin


Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

Dangerous to Know by Katy Moran
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace


Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Recovery Road by Blake Nelson

While some of these I find rather blah (see Fauxmance), there are also some pretty unusual takes on the idea.  Like the last two with a girl making a heart with her hands - it's cute but also slightly sad...

But my favourite has to be the very first - You Had Me At Halo.  The pun is fantastic and the cover adorable - all round, very cute!

Favourites anyone?


  1. Ooooh great catch! I hadn't noticed that. It's funny how book covers go through such trends. we should write fashion mags about them ;)

  2. @Cait - DUDE. BookCover!Fashion Magazine would be fan-freaking-tastic. *subscribes*

  3. The "making a heart with your hand" thing is actually REALLY popular, especially since Taylor Swift started doing it!

    I hadn't realised how many hearts were used in YA fiction. I guess it's just really easy to do. My favourite is But I Love Him (although I can't seem to imagine the title without it sounding whiney, haha).

  4. I found two more in my collection. One recent, one not so recent:


  5. I love the first one as well! Adorable title and I love the use of the heart.

  6. Oh I love posts like this! So much fun to see the same concept (in this case HEARTS) used in such different ways.



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