Contest #2: Alternative Book Cover

Summary: Dimple Lala doesn't know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she's spent her whole life resisting their traditions. Then suddenly she gets to high school and everything Indian is trendy. To make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a "suitable boy." Of course it doesn't go well -- until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web . Suddenly the suitable boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Complications ensue. This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding your heart, finding your culture, and finding your place in America.

Original Cover

Born Confused chronicled the experiences of Dimple Lala, a teenage Indian-American girl. Throughout the novel she questions her identity. She feels too Indian to be American, and too American to be Indian. The original cover of the novel illustrates her confusion by displaying a question mark on her forehead. While this kind of illustrates the theme of the book, I felt like it failed to show both sides of Dimple's identity. When I was making my cover I decided to show the two aspects of her identity on two sides of the book.

Cover I Made :)

I created this cover using Gimp, Adobe Illustrator, and MS Paint. All images are original.


  1. Unique cover! I like how you split her in half!
    What is gimp?

  2. I like the cartoon-ish feel to this. And the 'My Parents Vacation T-Shirt' is super cute. :)

    I love how everyone's really taking different approaches to this contest. There's people drawing by hand, on the computer, taking pictures. It's fun looking at all the entries. :D

  3. Yea its fun lol and thanks the shirt idea was from the book and summerstar gimp is like somewhere you can basically make illustrations

    1. Wow, I'm impressed! :) You used quite a few applications for this.

    2. Yea,I try lol when can you vote on other peoples entries

    3. I am not sure, I think that we will be receiving more information soon. Maybe a few days after the 26th (deadline)?

  4. Great question and one we are still working on, but yes voting won't start until after the 26th (perhaps even the 28th). We will probably do a combination of things - for sure a poll on the teen page of the library's website, but if this blog allows us to include a poll of some sort, then we will do that here's still a work in progress, but we should have it figured out by the 26th