Working in a bookshop, this is just something you can't help but notice when you're shelving, accidentally confusing a book for another, but I was reminded of these books and inspired to write this post by Cait at Paper Fury, who mentioned in her June wrap up post that Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema looked pretty similar to the old cover for Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLaughlin.
With bright coloured backgrounds, large fonts used for the titles, and only half a face shown at the bottom of the covers, these two are pretty similar.
Two that I confuse a lot are the UK cover for Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel and the paperback of Firecracker by David Iserson.
These two could be twins! Pale pink background, white title font, both titles start with "F", an illustration of a girl shown mostly only by her hair, no face with the background colour also being skin colour. I actually really like these covers, but they are just so similar!
And now If I Were You by Leslie Margolis and the UK cover for If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.
Although If I Were You was published in the US last year, we only got it in stock at work in May, not too long before If I Was Your Girl was published. When If I Were You came in, I saw it first upside down, and squealed with excitement, thinking it was If I Was Your Girl. They both have a very similar colour scheme, illustrated with shapes, and have similar titles. They don't look exactly alike, but they're similar enough to cause confusion at first glance.
So what do you think of these covers? Do you mind when covers are similar, or is it too confusing? Have you seen any other recent covers that look similar?
I'm thinking of making this into an irregular feature for any other covers I spot - let me know if you'd like to see more!