When fifteen-year-old Hannah Sheppard discovers she’s pregnant, her life begins to crumble, and the people she thought she could rely on leave her floundering. She finds an unlikely friend in new boy Aaron Tyler, who up until now has avoided getting too close to anyone in case they discover the reason he left his previous school. An intense friendship develops between Hannah and Aaron – but will they ever trust the other enough to reveal the secrets they’re both so desperate to keep hidden?
Sounds good, doesn't it? Look out for it in the UK from early March 2014 (published by Walker) and in the US from June 10th, 2014 (published by Simon and Schuster). Now, on to the covers...
Ta-da! Lovely, aren't they? Yet COMPLETELY different, as is usually the way with US and UK covers. I love that, though, because each cover represents that country's readership and target market. The US likes their drawings and doodles coupled with pastel colours, and that's showcased here with Trouble.
After a couple of weeks of deliberating and discussing at length with Non, I've come up with a favourite. Of course Non loves them both (as any author should), but I didn't write it so I'm allowed to single one out. I think. ;)
For me, the US cover just plain rocks. I love the colours and the drawing and the weighty themes conveyed through one simple snapshot. I also prefer the font used for the title and author name, BUT, I also like the UK cover!
I think the UK cover is a lot more in your face where the plot is concerned. It's not as subtle, instead choosing to go for a different, if slightly risque, approach. We all know what the pink circle and little tadpoles mean, right? RIGHT? They mean that poor Hannah is facing the biggest moment of her life, one that I wouldn't like to find myself with. Yikes. It's pretty clever how the O forms part of the title... well done, UK. I also like the colour - it'll definitely stand out in shops!
So, which do you prefer? Whether you like one, both, or none, please let us know (though be nice if you don't like them - Trouble isn't out in the world yet and is a bit self-conscious!).
Now, is it 2014 yet?