Imaginary Girls COVER REVEAL!

For the longest time, I’ve been hinting that I saw a peek of the cover for my upcoming YA novel Imaginary Girls and that I was madly in love with it.

I may have admitted to getting teary-eyed when the jacket image first arrived in my e-mail inbox, simply because it far exceeded my wildest expectations. (I also leaped out of the chair and jumped up and down and ran to the bedroom and freaked out and cried in joy and maybe I shouldn’t tell anyone that for fear of embarrassing myself, but I just told the world, oh well!)

I am going to stop hinting. That’s right.

Today is the day I show you the jacket image that made me cry.

So, without further stalling, here it is.


Imaginary Girls jacketCover photograph by Elena Kalis
Art direction & design by Linda McCarthy

Now… do you want to know what the book is about? Here’s the book summary that will run on the ARCs (advance reader’s copies):

About Imaginary Girls (YA | Dutton | forthcoming June 14, 2011):

Ruby said I’d never drown—not in deep ocean, not by shipwreck, not even by falling drunk into someone’s bottomless backyard pool. . . . It sounded impossible, something no one would believe if anyone other than Ruby were the one to tell it. But Ruby was right: The body found that night wouldn’t be, couldn’t be mine.

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns home two years later, a precarious and deadly balance waits. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

Imaginary Girls is a masterfully distorted vision of family reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, laced with twists that beg for their secrets to be kept.

* * *

I was going to tell you all the reasons why I love this jacket image—like maybe how I feel it so perfectly captures the mood of the book; how, if I saw this across a bookstore, I’d run over to go see what it was—but you know what? I think you have a good idea of how much I love it.

(Thank you so much for this cover, Julie.)

So… what do you think of the cover for Imaginary Girls? I hope it makes you want to read the book!

66 thoughts on “Imaginary Girls COVER REVEAL!

  1. Susan Adrian November 15, 2010 / 10:46 am


    Fabulous and shivery!! The blurb TOO.

  2. Carolina Valdez Miller November 15, 2010 / 10:47 am

    That has got to be one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen. Holy mother. That’s unbelievable. The cover, the premise, it’s ridiculous, the awesome. I would be over the moon (weeping) to get a cover like this. Congratulations!!

  3. Annika November 15, 2010 / 10:47 am

    I LOVE IT. Oh my GOD, the colors. I called MY sister over to look at it immediately, so you know I love it.

  4. allreb November 15, 2010 / 10:48 am

    Gorgeous! I had expected something darker for some reason (I think because I had the impression there was a dead body involved in the book’s set up, and because so many YA books have dark, Twilight-esque covers). I think it’s gorgeous and it’ll definitely stand out — the bright colors really catch my eye (I’m like a bird in that way, always attracted to the shiniest objects…) and the image is really intriguing and kind of creepy. Eeeee, I can’t wait!

  5. Tiffany Schmidt November 15, 2010 / 10:48 am

    GORGEOUS and so intriguing. Can’t wait!!

  6. Elana Johnson November 15, 2010 / 10:52 am

    This is fantastic! And the blurb, holy cow, can’t June be like, tomorrow???

  7. Jessica Leader November 15, 2010 / 10:57 am

    Whoa! Congrats, Nova–this looks and sounds amazing! I love sister stories, and I love explorations of the girl everyone is fascinated by. I can’t wait til it comes out!

  8. Aaron November 15, 2010 / 10:58 am

    Awesome! It looks great! Congrats!

  9. A Tiger In The Kitchen November 15, 2010 / 10:59 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL cover! Congrats, Nova! So so proud of you and I can’t wait to read it! xxx

  10. suzanne young November 15, 2010 / 10:59 am

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is so amazing! Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it!

  11. Clover November 15, 2010 / 11:09 am

    Gorgeous. And it definitely sounds like a book I’d like to read!

  12. Cat November 15, 2010 / 11:10 am

    I love it so much I don’t know what to do with myself. I want to own it. Now. Please.

  13. Valerie Kemp November 15, 2010 / 11:12 am

    Wow! Gorgeous! And I love the blurb too! I would want to read it even without the cover. That cover would make me run across the bookstore too! Can’t wait to read this. Congrats on such a beautiful cover!

  14. Emily Hainsworth November 15, 2010 / 11:13 am

    Nova, if I wasn’t already dying to read your book, I definitely am now! Your cover is STUNNING! And I have it on good authority the words inside are too. ❤ LOVE.

  15. Brodi Ashton November 15, 2010 / 11:13 am

    Wow. There are no words. I’m in love with your cover.

  16. courtney November 15, 2010 / 11:21 am

    !!!!! STUNNING. So jaw-droppingly, breath-takingly STUNNING. Like being punched in the gut. I love it, Nova. It is as chilling and as beautiful as the book. I can’t wait to see a finished copy. It’s perfect. CONGRATS!!!

  17. oslowe November 15, 2010 / 11:26 am

    Holy shit that looks incredible! AND I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT. You had me at “Ruby”.

  18. Laura Manivong November 15, 2010 / 11:29 am

    So, so stunning! Cheering for you, Nova!!

  19. Angela Cerrito November 15, 2010 / 11:35 am

    Oh, it’s beautiful and tempting. I know what you mean about running across a bookstore to grab it.

    I love the summary…a painful mix of sadness and danger!

  20. charlotteotter November 15, 2010 / 11:37 am

    God, it’s gorgeous! Makes me want to read it this second.

  21. Kim Harrington November 15, 2010 / 11:41 am

    I LOVE IT! I am dying to read this book.

  22. Anne M Leone November 15, 2010 / 11:50 am

    What an amazing cover. I would pick it up in a heartbeat! Hell, I will pick it up! So happy for you, Nova!

  23. jeff November 15, 2010 / 11:51 am

    Awesome! Man, that is really beautiful. You must be thrilled. Congrats!

  24. tara November 15, 2010 / 11:54 am

    That is quite possibly one of the most stunning and provocative covers I’ve ever seen. Congratulations!

  25. Laura November 15, 2010 / 11:57 am

    Holy crap, that’s one awesome cover! That ribbon on her wrist just kills me.

  26. Melissa November 15, 2010 / 12:05 pm


  27. Karen Mahoney November 15, 2010 / 12:19 pm

    Dude. Just… dude. O_O


    That is all.


  28. Jill Hathaway November 15, 2010 / 12:51 pm


  29. Stephanie Ruble November 15, 2010 / 12:52 pm

    Your new cover is stunning! I love covers that make you look closer to figure out what’s going on and make you want to read the description to figure out what it means. The book sounds as intriguing as the cover – can’t wait to read it!

  30. laurelro November 15, 2010 / 1:32 pm

    you’re mine! you’re mine! you’re mine!

    • Nova November 18, 2010 / 10:36 am

      Everyone, this is my beloved sister! I adore her. This book tries to tell her how much I love her… 🙂

  31. Brandy November 15, 2010 / 2:17 pm

    that cover is stunning. i’d probably still be crying with joy, if i were you. keep on celebrating its awesomeness.

  32. strugglingwriter November 15, 2010 / 2:28 pm

    That cover will bring in a bunch of readers. Your words will keep them there.

    Wow. What a beautiful cover.

  33. ChristineZ November 15, 2010 / 2:43 pm

    OMG THAT COVER IS SOOOO AMAZING!!! I wish for covers like that for myself in my fantasy scenarios…

  34. Bryan Bliss November 15, 2010 / 3:07 pm

    I’ve seen better.


    Awesome stuff.

  35. Karen Strong November 15, 2010 / 4:07 pm

    Beautiful cover and intriguing premise!

  36. Alexa November 15, 2010 / 7:12 pm


  37. Bri November 15, 2010 / 9:46 pm

    Fantastic! I was really excited to see this email on my phone at lunch, because I subscribed to your blog via email and then it wouldn’t load the cover on my phone so I had to wait and see it. So pretty and haunting. What a great tagline. I can’t wait to read it, Nova! Congrats on being able to share your very awesome cover.

  38. Denise Jaden November 15, 2010 / 10:31 pm

    Best. Cover. Ever.

  39. Smithereens November 16, 2010 / 3:37 am

    I had my voice to the chorus. It’s really really beautiful. Is it already possible to pre-order it via Amazon or elsewhere?

    • Nova November 18, 2010 / 10:39 am

      Yes! It’s not available for pre-order at Indiebound or Powell’s yet, but it can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders. Here’s a page on my main website with all the pre-order links (just scroll to the bottom of that page):

      Thank you for wanting to pre-order!!!

  40. Anonymous November 16, 2010 / 9:41 am

    a gorgeous jacket that’s worthy of the supreme beauty that lies within — i am indeed so happy for you!

  41. everythinginbetween November 16, 2010 / 9:58 am

    the cover is absolutely freaking fantastic, and I can’t wait to read this book! Congratulations Nova!

  42. Julia Karr November 16, 2010 / 4:38 pm

    Wow! It’s mesmerizing! Can’t wait to read this one!

  43. Sara November 17, 2010 / 11:04 am

    I am awe-struck! It is so fantastic! I cannot help taking peeks at it throughout my day because of the wonder and curiousity it creates. It will most undeniably stand out from all the other books on the shelf. 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!

  44. dom November 18, 2010 / 8:00 am

    That is bloody amazing!!
    Love it!

  45. Nova November 18, 2010 / 10:42 am

    Thank you, everyone!!! I’m THRILLED. I really can’t say enough how thrilled I am. I think Penguin was *amazing* to come up with this cover. It’s truly beyond anything I could have even imagined for myself and my book.

    And I should say, to give proper credit: I had nothing to do with this. This was all my editor Julie and the team at Dutton/Penguin – and of course the work of that stunningly talented photographer.

    Forever grateful to them.

  46. beth November 18, 2010 / 5:32 pm


    It is STUNNING.

  47. Meghan Ward November 21, 2010 / 4:16 pm

    I LOVE the cover! You are so lucky to have a fabulous cover and one that you love because I hear so many stories about writers who don’t like their covers and there’s not much they can do. And the story sounds fantastic, too. I want to read it!

  48. Meghan Ward November 21, 2010 / 4:16 pm

    And thanks to you, I have a gravatar now!

  49. Cass November 22, 2010 / 1:09 am

    LOVE IT TO DEATH! If I had extra cash right now, I’d preorder it. You know, if it’s already up for listing…

  50. Sandi Kahn SheltonMaddie Dawson November 24, 2010 / 11:01 am

    This is amazing! Just the most beautiful cover ever. I agree: it makes me want to rush across the book store to see what this book is going to hold inside. And the promise of the blurb is every bit as good as the cover. Can’t wait to read this. Congratulations, Nova!

  51. Elena Kalis December 9, 2010 / 8:06 pm

    Hi Nova,
    I am glad that you like my image. Waiting for your book as well…

    • Nova December 13, 2010 / 9:31 pm

      Elena, Oh I don’t just like the image, I love love LOVE it! It’s breathtaking! I feel exceedingly lucky to have it on my book cover. Please know this author absolutely adores it and is utterly thrilled! Thank you so much for finding me and commenting here.

  52. Kyle January 5, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    I’ve been following the artist on a site called Deviant Art for some time now. She has many great works there, you all should check it out!
    Also, the lady who set the cover up did a great job with the font choice, size, spacing, and color.
    And I’m going to find this book now.

  53. Kendall Murphy January 8, 2011 / 5:07 pm

    It sounds so interesting, and it comes on my birthday this year! I’m very excited.

  54. Su January 9, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    I really thought so that it was Elena Kalis’ when I first saw your book cover. She’s quite unique and creative.

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