Kayleigh Roberts
March 12, 2015 4:42 pm

Today, the new poster for Paper Towns was released and we’re excited for the movie, but a little underwhelmed by the poster. After all, the Fault in Our Stars poster (you remember the one, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort lying on the grass, looking more romantic than a 50-year wedding anniversary) was epic and memorable. The Paper Towns poster is good. There’s a lot of good going on.

Cara Delevingne is amazing (and she’s going to be an absolutely fantastic Margo Ruth Spiegelman).

Nat Wolff looks like the Q of our dreams and we’re so excited to see him in yet another John Green adaptation.

The tagline, “Get lost. Get found.” is perfection.

And yet, we can’t help but be a little underwhelmed. Paper Towns is such a thrilling mystery and it would be great if the poster captured the feel of the book in the same way the TFiOS poster captured the feeling of Hazel and Gus’ infinite romance.

But even if the Paper Towns cover is a tad disappointing, there’s something that never disappoints and can cure any slight sadness right now: John Green’s book covers. As much as John Green is a master with words, whoever designs his book covers is a master with awesome imagery. As a little poster palate cleanser, we’re ranking our favorite covers for each of John’s masterful YA creations.

5Will Grayson, Will Grayson

There are no losers on this list. The cover for Will Grayson, Will Grayson is brilliant, but we don’t have the same emotional attachment to it that we have to some of the others, which lessens our feels and lowers its ranking.

4. An Abundance of Katherines

The lightbulb. The letters in the background. It’s simple and bold all at once and one of the greatest names for a novel ever. This is the kind of book that would be impossible to pass up in the bookstore or library.

3. Looking for Alaska

There’s something about picking flower petals that just evokes an instant sense of nostalgia and this cover taps into that feeling in the best way.

2. Paper Towns

The giant push pin on the blurry map. It’s an image that 100%, immediately tells you mystery is afoot. This is the feeling I wanted to get from the movie poster.

1. The Fault in Our Stars

And the winner is, of course, The Fault in Our Stars. The cover is simple and playful and quirky and everything the book is. Looking at this cover takes you to that third place, the one Hazel goes to when she’s on the phone with Augustus. Okay?

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