The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. Although it is not necessarily the visual element one notices first when looking at this cover, I most enjoy the way the titles of the novel are made of colorful gradients—reds, pinks, oranges, yellows all fading together. The typography itself is very elegant and fitting of a story whose words center around a “beautiful girl.” The sparse, elongated curve of a letter, an “N” here, an “R” there, brings something subtle yet dainty to the design—much like the silhouetted woman herself. She is not, however, completely shadowed in, and her side profile manages to emit a sense of vulnerability and strength at once. The stray curls of her hair fall in line with the elegant curled typography. These visuals triumphantly convey the title character, a woman who, though considered “disabled,” finds a way to love and be loved in return.
Readers’ Average Rating: A-