The Post It Note Cover Revolution – YA Book Cover Trends

Perhaps “revolution” is a little strong, but I’m feeling my pickle juice this morning. With the sun and the coffee and the groovy tunes from Spotify, anything is possible, no?

So when my Goodreads “February New Releases” email came, I was happy to see this beauty from Cynthia Hand, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE.

Post It Note Book Cover Last Time We Say Goodbye Cynthia Hand

The lovely blue of the mirror… the light from a window in the background… and yeah, the post it note.

Which looked vaguely familiar. Because…

Post It Note Book Cover All the Bright Places Jennifer NivenPost It Note The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things Ann AguirrePost It Note Book Cover The Wrap Up List Steve Arntson

The last one, the paperback version of Steven Arnston’s THE WRAP-UP LIST, isn’t technically a Post It note, but it does strike me as a sort of dude version of one. (What duct tape won’t fix, masking tape will, right guys?)

Am I being paranoid if I note that two of those books have “bright” in their titles? And they ALL have the word “THE”!!!


I also recall THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris (perhaps the Post It note genesis?), though it came out years ago and isn’t YA. (It does, however, have the conspiratorial “THE” in its title. Man, why wasn’t I a spy?)

Post It Note Then We Came to the End Joshua Ferris

At any rate, I did a bit of digging, and I found that there’s a whole cannon of Post It note books. OBSERVE:

Post It Note Problem Solving Post It Note Operation Beautiful Post It Note Ideas Post It Note Diaries

Plus more I was too lazy to copy over.

So what to make of this?

Maybe it’s one of those things. Like when everyone you know (and everyone you don’t) suddenly names their kid Olivia. And then Apple. And then Rhys.

Or perhaps there are forces at work here. Dark forces. An Office Max conspiracy.

I suppose it’s possible I’m just avoiding working on my current manuscript by ruminating on Post It notes–or anything else that crosses my brianwaves for a millisecond.

Don’t you love that moment, for example, when Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino claim to have invented Post It notes in Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion?

And since we’re at it, let’s consider 90s hair. Shall we?




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