Yona McDonough's A Wedding in Great Neck has such a simple, pretty cover that I wanted to find out the back story. Turns out, that's pretty simple too!

 

Here's Yona:

 

"I did not have a strong idea though because the title included the word 'wedding' I felt the cover ought to have a bridal theme or feel. 

 

"When I first saw my cover I loved it so much I squealed! I think they would have been receptive to my comments if I had any to make, but I loved it so much I had no changes to suggest. 

 

"I believe it was a stock photo, and I think it is perfect—elegant, witty and appropriate. It suggests all the ways in which the bride becomes a kind of object at the wedding—something that others project onto. And this is borne out in the novel because although there are multiple points of view, none of them are the bride’s. She is seen only through the eyes of the other characters."

 

Thanks, Yona! I agree -- I really like the images of the hands "perfecting" the bride's look, which also seems to speak to the multiple points of view in the novel. 

 

What do you guys think of this cover?

 

 


Melissa Walker is the author of six Young Adult novels, the latest of which is Unbreak My Heart (pictured). Her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com. Follow her on Twitter @melissacwalker.

 

 

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