Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Zoje Stage’s debut novel, the eerie thriller Baby Teeth (2018), marks the latest in a slew of books with lollipops on the cover. Shattered or sadly crumbled, these crushed candies are an omen that the salad days will soon be gone for the characters inside.

Several of Liane Moriarty’s book covers feature exploding stuff, but the blockbuster Big Little Lies (2014) might have blown up this trend in earnest.

It takes approximately zero licks to get to the center of this metaphor: heart-shaped lollipops also grace the covers of YA novels Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (2014) and the 2017 repackage of Deep Down Popular, as well as the contemporary romance novel The Thing About Love (2017).






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