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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cover Stories: It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

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Jenny Han shared the Cover Story for The Summer I Turned Pretty last year, complete with inspiration board and amazing on-set back story. Now, she's here with tales of the sequel, It's Not Summer Without You, which just came out this month.

Here's Jenny:

"I actually didn't really have too many ideas or preconceptions for It's Not Summer Without You. Since it's the second in a series, I knew it had to be of the same mood/general look as the first--and I truly loved the first (below). My one thought was, since the first one is so up-close and intimate, I thought the sequel could maybe be from far off.

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"We weren't able to get the same model from Book 1, because she is (obvi) gorgeous and busy and on the cover of Nylon now or whatever. But, after much debate and back and forth, we found someone we liked just as much. We knew that her face would be somewhat obscured, so as long as Belly's 'essence' (ha!) was there, it was all good.

"As a birthday present to me, my editor invited me to come to the set. Best birthday present ever! The set was actually on Rockaway Beach at Jacob Riis Park. There was me, my editor, my book designer, the models, the photographer, and the makeup artist, who kept spritzing the models with some sort of beachy hair tonic. I mostly stayed quiet and watched them work their magic. Everyone was lovely and I just felt honored to be there..."

Read the full Cover Story at melissacwalker.com, and see a behind-the-scenes photo!



3 comments:

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I love the look of these covers. I've looked at them both and didn't even realize that the models were different. Sounds like a great series!

holly cupala said...

The covers go so beautifully together. Very intriguing! Thanks, Melissa and Jenny.

Little Willow said...

I love this books. I like the covers a lot, because they look like "real" people as opposed to those who are airbrushed or super-trendy or whatnot.