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Cover to cover: Natalie Olsen on designing Amber McMillan’s We Can’t Ever Do This Again

2. We Can't Ever Do This Again 4We Can't Ever Do This Again 3The first mock-ups were met with mixed reviews: some like, some dislike, no consensus. However, a few good questions were raised. Are these covers too light? Too literal? Too frivolous? Too feminine?

I realized a few things: I misconstrued the tone of what is actually a pretty dark and sombre work; it was going to be challenging to satisfy everyone involved, since each person had slightly different interpretations of the book’s themes; and I might not find a single image that successfully represents such a diffuse body of work.