cover love: the hunger pains

I’ve rewritten this sentence about 27 times, but still can’t come up with anything clever enough to intro this cover. It’s probably because I can’t compose myself long enough to think without laughing.

There isn’t anything particularly striking about the cover art besides its funny title, since it’s a parody of the original artwork. I’m cheating a little bit here, because it’s actually the synopsis that made me laugh-snort. (The laugh-snort was very unattractive, btw.)


When Kantkiss Neverclean replaces her sister as a contestant on the Hunger Games—the second-highest-rated reality TV show in Peaceland, behind Extreme Home Makeover—she has no idea what to expect. Having lived her entire life in the telemarketing district’s worst neighborhood, the Crack, Kantkiss feels unprepared to fight to the death while simultaneously winking and looking adorable for the cameras. But when her survival rests on choosing between the dreamy hunk from home, Carol Handsomestein, or the doughy klutz, Pita Malarkey, Kantkiss discovers that the toughest conflicts may not be found on the battlefield but in her own heart . . . which is unfortunately on a battlefield.

And while I’m sure you’ve seen your share of The Hunger Games parodies on YouTube, give this book trailer a look-see anyway:

For those who are curious, the book actually releases tomorrow, only a handful of weeks away before The Hunger Games hits theaters. But I think this giggle-inducing cover art may be able to tide me over until I start turning into a neurotic wreck right before the film comes out. Maybe.

A big thank you to Patch for texting me a photo of this gem.
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15 thoughts on “cover love: the hunger pains

  1. Oh my goodness, I made the mistake of going through my reader during a lull while working at the circulation desk at the library and I laughed out loud at the cover: that dead mockingjay! The summary is hilarious and I immediately went to see if the library has it on order, but sadly, not yet. “The telemarketing district’s worst neighborhood, the Crack”! Ahaha! I can’t wait to get home so I can watch the trailer. Thanks for the laughs this morning!

  2. OMG I THOUGHT THIS WAS JUST FAN ART and then I find out it’s a real book?!

    P.S. That is totally Mrs. Briggs from iCarly.

    • I haven’t seen iCarly before, but YES it is a REAL BOOK and a part of me actually wants to read it.

  3. When they are on the roof and she says, “You know I’m going to kill you next week.” Perfecto!

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