Ever since I saw the cover for A. S. King's new book, Ask the Passengers, with its very prominent camera lens flare, I've started seeing lens flares on covers everywhere. They seem to be particularly prominent in YA contemporary/realistic novels. I've collected several in this post, but considering it took me only about half an hour to gather this amount, I'm sure there are many, many more out there. Lens flares are an element that cover designers seem to be especially fond of.
Links go to Goodreads and descriptions come from WorldCat.
Ask the Passengers by A. S King: Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. We'll have more on this title, which I really dug, a bit later.
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone: In 1995 Evanston, Illinois, sixteen-year-old Anna's perfectly normal life is turned upside-down when she meets Bennett, whose ability to travel through space and time creates complications for them both.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: When Samantha, the seventeen-year-old daugher of a wealthy, perfectionistic, Republican state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live, but when her mother is involved in a hit-and-run accident Sam must make some difficult choices.
Dualed by Else Chapman: West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, plus sequels: When three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town of Venus Cove against the gathering forces of darkness, their mission is threatened as the youngest angel, Bethany, enrolls in high school and falls in love with another student.
Gravity by Melissa West: Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander is recruited by arrogant alien spy Jackson Locke to help him save the Earth because Ari is a military legacy who's been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know -- especially an alien spy like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war. (This is possibly the most mangled synopsis ever.)
The Story of Us by Deb Caletti: After jilting two previous fiances, Cricket's mother is finally marrying the right man, but as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities, complications arise for Cricket involving her own love life, her beloved dog Jupiter, and her mother's reluctance to marry.
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown: Seventeen-year-old Kendra, living in the shadow of her brother's obsessive-compulsive disorder, takes a life-changing road trip with him. Kelly reviewed this one.
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle: In the aftermath of a car accident that killed her family, sixteen-year-old Laurel must face a new world of guilt, painful memories, and the possibility of new relationships. Kelly reviewed this one.
Getting Lost With Boys by Hailey Abbott: When Jacob Stein offers to be her travel companion on a road trip from San Diego to her sister's place in northern California, Cordelia Packer never realized how much fun she could have getting lost with a boy.
Clarity by Kim Harrington, plus sequel: Sixteen-year-old Clare Fern, a member of a family of psychics, helps the mayor and a skeptical detective solve a murder in a Cape Cod town during the height of tourist season--with her brother a prime suspect. I reviewed this one, plus its sequel Perception.
Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler: After she is in a horrific car crash when drunk, Los Angeles high school student Gabriella Gardiner assumes she stole her rich boyfriend's car and smashed it into a tree, but she cannot remember anything about the events of the evening.
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson: Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death. Kelly talked more about this cover earlier.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different. Kelly reviewed this one here.
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson: Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.
Whew. It is a cool effect, but perhaps a bit overused?