I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl by Kelle Groom. This cover is lovely, and not just because of its fantastic title. The graceful, unraveling blue scarf (or perhaps ribbon) creates an intense contrast against the billowing, stormy clouds in the background. The photography is beautiful, touched just right with an effect that is somehow both sharp and hazy, an eye-popping combination that is very popular right now. The bright blue of the scarf is gorgeous and likely symbolic of two words in the title: “ocean” and “shape.” The delicate, curly typography weaved into the scarf adds just the right feminine appeal for the memoir detailing a woman’s descent into alcoholism. This design is both aesthetically stunning and incredibly effective at creating visual (and textual) allegory.
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