Who will win the war of the book covers: UK or US?

One of the simple joys of bookishness is book covers. We cry when they’re bad, scream with joy when they’re pretty and spend far too much time stroking them once they’re in our hands. But it always comes down to which cover to buy: the US or the UK.

We’re pitting them against each other: Welcome to Cover Wars!

The US is on the left and UK on the right! May the odds be ever in your favour…

‘Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend’ by Alan Cumyn

Hot Dino Boyf

A weird book deserves an equally weird cover, and though we love the colours on the US edition, a blast of hot pink surrounding a rather ripped gentleman with a pterodactyl head – well, we can’t look away…

‘Solitaire’ by Alice Oseman


We’re a bit in love with the dotty font of Alice’s name on the US edition, but HELLO, it’s a pixelated heart on the UK one in a whole mish-mash of lovely colours! Plus, the tagline is just plain excellent.

‘When Everything Feels Like the Movies’ by Raziel Reid


This is actually quite a tough one – we’re a big fan of the glittery lips on the US cover, but we think the eyelashes might just get the UK cover the win this time. And that FONT *swoons*

‘The Girl From Everywhere’ by Heidi Heilig

Girl From Everywhere

There wasn’t ever any actual competition between these two, right?! Though we heart the tagline on the US edition, everything else on the UK cover is complete and utter perfection. We’ll fight you over that one…

‘Night Owls’ by Jenn Bennett

Night Owls

Not only did Jenn Bennett’s YA debut go through a drastic cover change from US to UK, it also got a completely new title! We heart (heh) that the title is shaped on the US edition, but come on: navy and gold, the bus, the smudgy font and THE TAGLINE. Yeah, this one was another easy win for the UK.

Huh, well it seems as if the UK has won everything. Fancy that!

Do you disagree with any of our judgments? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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