Take Two: IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT by Jen Brooks – Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Remember when I revealed the cover for IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT by Jen Brooks? It was in June, 2014. While that cover was unique, you’ll be surprised at the new take on the cover. That’s right, Jen Brooks’s IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT has a new cover, thanks to Simon & Schuster. Here’s what Christian Trimmer, senior editor at S&S, and the editor of Jen’s debut, had to say:

“Based on some feedback from accounts, we decided to take an illustrated approach to the jacket design. That said, everyone was in love with the concept (conceived by the brilliant Lizzy Bromley) as it perfectly captures the tone and idea of Jen’s story while showcasing (multiple versions of) our two heroes. So, Lizzy reached out to artist Nick Yarger and asked him to recreate the jacket with his beautiful line work. The result is stunning—unique, true to the novel, and very now.”

Very now, indeed, because I love the new version even more than the first. First, read the synopsis, then I’ll show you a few blurbs to get you excited, and you can finally feast your eyes on the cover.

The Synopsis

There’s so much Jonathan Aubrey would change about the real world. He’d be graduating from high school with his class. He’d have bunches of friends. And instead of admiring Kylie Simms from afar–beautiful, poetry-smart, track champion Kylie Simms–he’d be her boyfriend. Luckily, he doesn’t have to change the real world to have what he wants.

He can just create a new one.

In Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend, he’s given himself everything he doesn’t have in real life, until one day he confuses his worlds and almost kisses the real Kylie Simms. Now his girlfriend Kylie and the real Kylie are changing, and Jonathan must solve the mystery of his own life to save his love from a gruesome fate.

The Blurbs

“A shining debut. Smart, tender, heartbreaking, triumphant. In a World Just Right is a miracle.”

Julie Berry, author of All the Truth That’s in Me

At the age of eight, Jonathan Aubrey barely survived the plane crash that took the lives of his parents, younger sister Tess, and Auntie Carrie, leaving him under the guardianship of his widowed Uncle Joey. Jonathan’s physical scars may have faded over the past ten years but his desire to escape his lonely, isolated life has only increased. Looking for something better or at least different from what he already knows, Jonathan discovers he can create alternate worlds where he can be happy for a while. Now Jonathan splits time between his everyday existence and his preferred Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend world, but with graduation coming, he knows things must change. Will he be ready to choose just one world?

Jonathan is the best kind of main character any story could want; he is sympathetic, flawed, and is as surprised as the reader by how events unfold. His life experiences are so unique that they should be un-relatable but Jonathan’s honest, emotional responses allow for a real connection. Feelings of isolation and dreaming of a more ideal life will feel familiar to just about any reader, no matter what their background, but it is Jonathan’s method of escaping his everyday struggles that teens will envy. The matter-of-fact acceptance that other worlds are possible and how one person can travel from space to space makes it easier for readers to focus on the characters, their relationships, and their difficult choices. Every piece of the puzzle that is this book slides into the exact right spot, forming a picture-perfect work of fiction.

VOYA Magazine (starred review)

Jen Brooks

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Jen taught high school English for fourteen years. She holds an MA and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A competitive hurdler and jumper in high school and college, she coached high school cross-country and track & field for thirty-one seasons. When she’s not writing in her office overlooking her back yard pond, you can find her running, hiking, visiting national parks, or going out for ice cream with her husband and son.

The Cover

Okay, okay! Enough of the suspense! What do you think?
Do you like it more than the first version (seen here)?

In a World Just Right

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The Giveaway

Thanks to Jen, we’ve got one ARC of IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT for one US winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Rosie // Rosie Reads

    January 23, 2015

    Wow! The first cover just didn’t seem right to me for some reason; maybe because of actual floating heads? Maybe because the human faces didn’t mesh well with the bright blue background? But after seeing the second cover, I’m definitely more impressed! The purple stands out much better than the real faces, I think. And animated covers always seem to be more interesting. :D Also, the animated couple facing each seem to be more happy than they did on the first cover, lol!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    January 23, 2015

    I think this cover intrigues me more — I want to know what’s going on with these two characters. I’m not in love with it but I do want to pick up the book because of it, so in that sense, it really works.

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    January 23, 2015

    The cover really is beautiful! I agree with Mary – I find it a lot more intriguing. Well done. :)

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    January 23, 2015

    I definitely love the new cover more! The first set of faces just looked cheesy, but I think the illustrated faces really show more emotion.

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    Montana @ The Book Belles

    January 23, 2015

    I like both covers, but I definitely like this one a little more! The colors and drawings all look great :)

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    susan beamon

    January 23, 2015

    I like the first cover better. It’s warmer.

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    Melissa (Books and Things)

    January 23, 2015

    Oh well done! Plus I love the color play in the line work.

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    Sabine B

    January 24, 2015

    Very nice cover.

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    January 24, 2015

    This illustrated approach is much, much, *much* better. It looks more natural to me and definitely like a book I’d pick up. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Christina R.

    January 24, 2015

    LOVE it!! I love how it’s a lot like what you read in the summary, and it really stands out!

    I have a US address but rafflecopter might show my location outside US because I’m doing a semester abroad

    thank you so very much :)

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    Carina Olsen

    January 25, 2015

    I’m not sure I get the reason for this cover change. Hmph. It looks just the same. Almost :D I do like both covers, though. Maybe the new one the most. But I cannot choose :) Thank you for sharing about this cover sweetie. <3 beautiful post :)

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    January 31, 2015

    not sure about it