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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.

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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.)

WINNING MEANS WEALTH, FAME, AND A LIFE OF THERAPY LOSING MEANS DEATH, BUT ALSO FAME! THIS IS THE HUNGER PAINS

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.

Bryan Williams