My predecessor taught 20 years before retiring from my school.
Thankfully and unthankfully, she left around a billion books in my
classroom, and so I’ve been spending the better part of my teacher
workdays organizing them by genre. In doing so, I have discovered that
there was roughly a 10-year era in the publishing of young adult literature
where book covers were dominated by a style I like to call Super Awkward
Realism. Here are some quintessential book covers from the period I’ve found in my sorting:
is what it looks like when a student tries to hug me.