The WORST YA Book Covers! | Summary and Q&A

December 15, 2016
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The WORST YA Book Covers!


Reagan reviews the worst YA book covers, from garish colors to cheesy poses, and highlights the iconic covers of the post-Twilight paranormal romance phase.

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Key Insights

  • πŸ“” Many YA book covers from a few years ago, particularly during the post-Twilight paranormal romance phase, featured dramatic poses, cheesy designs, and over-the-top font choices.
  • πŸ“” Some series, like the Unspoken Trilogy and the Summer Trilogy, have covers that do not reflect the quality of the books.
  • πŸ“” The original covers of the Vampire Academy and Vampire Diaries series are considered by Reagan to be especially unappealing.
  • πŸ“” The post-Twilight phase had a significant impact on the design choices of YA book covers, resulting in a distinct style that can now be seen as outdated and cheesy.
  • πŸ“” Book covers play a crucial role in attracting readers, and a well-designed cover can greatly enhance the overall reading experience.
  • πŸ“” YA book covers have evolved over time, with recent trends focusing more on minimalist designs and striking typography.
  • πŸ“” Middle grade books often have some of the best covers, showcasing beautifully illustrated artwork that captures readers' attention.


hey guys it's Reagan and today I'm here to do a very exciting video one that I think you guys will enjoy and that is going to be the worst ya book covers before I jump into the video I quickly wanted to shout out my most recent video uh it's a video where I got to go to a movie premiere with Jesse over at Jesse the reader and I also hung out with C... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What are some examples of cheesy YA book covers mentioned in the video?

Some examples include the garish and shiny covers of the Unspoken Trilogy, the boring covers of the Summer Trilogy, and the dramatic poses and font choices of the Vampire Academy and Vampire Diaries series.

Q: Why does Reagan mention the post-Twilight paranormal romance phase in relation to these book covers?

Reagan highlights that many of these book covers were created during the post-Twilight phase when YA paranormal romance books were popular, resulting in dramatic posing, cheesy designs, and over-the-top font choices.

Q: How does Reagan feel about the covers of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door?

Reagan considers the covers of these books to be some of the cheesiest she has ever seen and believes that, if it weren't for the good reviews, she wouldn't have picked them up.

Q: What do you think are the key factors that make a book cover appealing?

A book cover's appeal can depend on various factors, such as a well-designed composition, appropriate color choices, a clear representation of the book's genre and themes, and a visually compelling image or illustration.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Reagan discusses a variety of YA book series with covers that range from garish and shiny to cheesy and unappealing.

  • She mentions the Unspoken Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan, the Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han, and the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning as examples of covers that don't live up to the books' quality.

  • Reagan also criticizes the original covers of the Vampire Academy series, Anna and the French Kiss, the Lux series, the Maximum Ride series, and the Vampire Diaries series for their cheesy and unappealing designs.

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