Today, I’m delighted to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Winner Takes All by Laurie Devore – who stops by to talk to us about the awesome cover for her book. Plus keep reading to learn more about Winner Takes All and enter for your chance to win a copy!
I was never sure what to expect with the WINNER TAKE ALL cover. The team at Imprint had done such a great job with finding a dark but fun bubblegum aesthetic for HOW TO BREAK A BOY, I wasn’t sure how they’d capture the vibe of WINNER TAKE ALL and make both books look cohesive. When I saw the final cover, I was totally blown away – designer Ellen Duda and the Imprint team had knocked it out of the park! WINNER TAKE ALL gives off a total a #sorrynotsorry feel, which could not be more perfect for this story.
Let’s break it down – first off, you have the brilliant pops of color that make the book stand out (and go perfectly with the bright yellow HOW TO BREAK A BOY cover). The team even went above and beyond to make the back covers of both books be a perfect match – and the headless trophy Ellen added on to the jacket was a brilliant touch. Check both books out together:
For WINNER TAKE ALL, the team came up with the great concept of a matchbook – perfect for two characters who are trying their best to burn each other down. On closer look, is that matchbook flicking me off? When I talked to Ellen about it, she admitted the match positioning was a nod to the anger of the book’s main character, Nell, who is sick tired of the way she’s treated not just as a girl but as a girl who is not as wealthy as her classmates at her exclusive private school. Lastly, I love the tagline: “They are like lighting a match in a room full of fireworks.” This is actually a twist on a line from the book where Nell is talking about the way being around Jackson, her nemesis, makes her feel. And is a pretty good indicator of the fireworks to come.
Needless to say, this cover could not have turned out more perfect. I love all the thought and small details that went into Ellen’s final design, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s not only a fresh and eye-catching cover, but that it perfectly captures the overall vibe of the book.
For Jackson Hart, everyone is a pawn in his own game.
They both have everything to lose.
Nell wants to succeed at everything—school, sports, life. And victory is sweeter when it means beating Jackson Hart, the rich, privileged, undisputed king of Cedar Woods Prep Academy. Yet no matter how hard she tries, Jackson is somehow one step ahead. They’re a match made in hell, but opposites do attract.
Drawn to each other by their rivalry, Nell and Jackson fall into a whirlwind romance that consumes everything in their lives. But when a devastating secret exposes their relationship as just another game, how far will Nell go to win?
Visceral and whip-smart, Laurie Devore’s Winner Take All paints an unflinching portrait of obsessive love, toxic competition, and the drive for perfection.
Laurie Devore was born and raised in small town South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University. She now lives and works in Chicago, where she misses the charms and contradictions of the south every day. In her spare time, she reluctantly runs marathons, watches too much TV, and works a “y’all” into every conversation. How to Break a Boy is her first novel.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of WINNER TAKE ALL.
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