You know the old saying… “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”…. well it’s hard not to when the person on the cover of an old teen romance book is now a big hollywood star. Since I first began promoting and recommending romance books via this blog and my social media channels, I have came across a few book covers that have left me doing a double take. Actually, more than a double take. I actually had to iMessage friends for a second opinion when it came to a few of the covers below.
It seems that when these guys and girls were first starting their careers, they needed to read the fine print in regards to what “Front Page” consisted of…because it wasn’t getting on the front page Cleo or Cosmo! For these lucky, or maybe unlucky few, “Front Page” meant the cover of a paperback that might be available in your local store. It may or may not have been a good thing. Could you imagine the bragging rights…. “I didn’t make it on Vogue, but I am on the cover of the latest Sweet Dreams Series.”……the cover of what????!!!! 🙂
When I was a teenager, I loved reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon books. A far cry from J R Ward and Pamela Clare but it was the start of my appreciation for reading. The mystery and intrigue were engaging and when I think back, if it wasn’t for the covers that hooked me in the first place, I may never have picked a book up in the first place. At the age of 12, titles such as “The Hidden Staircase” and “The Invisible Intruder” captivated me. I was thankfully too young to understand the double innuendo of some of the tiles –
By the time I was 16-17 years old, covers that depicted my inner turmoil captivated me. My life was a hormone filled roller coaster and I felt my mother was out of touch with the dramas in my life. Reading a story that had a cover of someone who looked just as messed up and confused as me was like a lifeline. Boys, dating, first love, first crushes… teenage books where like the go-to of boys and girls around the world. But when we read those books, little did we know that some of those guys and girls that graced the cover would grow up to become well-known household names. So before you start wondering where your old teenage romance books are from the 80’s, check out the list below.
Amanda Seyfried – Before Amanda was making Mean Girls, Les Miserables, In Time and While We’re Young, Amanda was gracing the covers of Francine Pascal’s Victoria Martin series.
Matt Bomer – Most of us know Matt from both the hugely successful Magic Mike movies, but before Matt was taking his shirt off he was showing off his sexy smile on Alex Sanchez novel Rainbow Boys.
Courtney Cox – She may have been Dancing in The Dark with Bruce Springsteen back in 1984, but before that Courtney had a few other secrets 🙂
Jennifer Connelly – Before Jennifer played the wife of Noah, she spent her teenage years gracing book covers and modelling clothes.