Don't freak out. This is not the actual cover of the book in the Bloomsbury fall catalog.
I mean, it was for a minute. Up until I freaked out because I thought it was a totally great cover for Babysitter's Club #162, Stacey's Wacky Garden Party, but just not really for my book. That outfit is so Stacey, right? Maybe with a few borrowed pieces from Claudia.
After I saw the above for the first time, I drove out to the desert with tears streaming down my face. That probably sounds more dramatic than it really was because it wasn't like I got in my car and just bolted for the desert to soothe myself with an empty landscape or anything like that. I was just already going out there because I had to teach near Palm Springs that night. Also, the tears were kind of from being upset about the cover and kind of from eye-road fatigue (fucking contacts, man).
I guess what got me most was the shoes. They're like the Wet Seal version of those shoes Carrie Bradshaw does her "Hellloooo lover" shtick over in the episode of Sex and the City where they ultimately get ruined by Miranda's baby fluids. These shoes:
My eyes went to their red-headed stepsisters on that cover and I was like, "Oh. Ohhhhhhh. Oh no." And that's my take on them even if they hadn't gotten into bed with the turquoise tights. I used to like a good Delia's catalog as much as the next girl, but it made me incredibly sad to have a cover that could pull double duty in a kooky prom spread. Especially for this book, which despite being a comedy- I guess- is not the same kind of funny as that weird yellow table the gang's sitting at. Not the same kind of funny as the kid who looks like he's been eating from his diaper. I felt like if this was going to be my cover, then I wished there'd be a woman at every Barnes and Noble who could break water over every copy for me. I'd put out an announcement: "Hey ladies, if you're suuuuuper pregnant, I've got a pile of jackets I'm going to ask you to squat over."
However, this isn't the cover. Bloomsbury didn't want my head to crack open. They were willing to have discussions, many discussions, and bless the heart of that little blonde, but she's being tossed. (Dear actual girl who modeled for the cover: Sorry! Sorry if you already told your friends you're being on it!) I think the new cover should probably be up by earlyish June.
6. I'm not playing about the shoes.