It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati + Giveaway (Intl)



Hi, YABCers!

Today we’re super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati, releasing September 6, 2016 from Delacorte/Penguin Random House. Before we get to the cover, here’s a note from Karen:

Dear Readers, 

I’m beyond thrilled to have YABC host the cover reveal of my novel, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO. It was a difficult task but I think the cover perfectly captures the turmoil of a girl who has to deal not only with the standard pressures and stress of high school but also a much heavier weight – a mental illness. Mega kudos to my editor Kate Sullivan and team at Delacorte! I hope you like it!


~ Karen Fortunati (THE WEIGHT OF ZERO, Delacorte/Penguin Random House)



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by Karen Fortunati
Release date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte/Penguin Random House
ISBN: 978-1101938898
About the Book

Seventeen-year-old Cath knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Cath to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Cath stockpiles meds, preparing to take her own life when Zero arrives.

But Zero’s return is delayed. New relationships along with the care of a new psychiatrist start to alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis. But will this be enough? This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2419final.jpgAbout the Author

My path to publication was a long and indirect one. I graduated from the University of Scranton with an accounting degree and followed that up with a law degree from Georgetown. While I toyed with the idea of writing, the bug didn’t officially bite until about six years ago. My second full manuscript became THE WEIGHT OF ZERO.  It was awarded the 2014 SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in the Contemporary YA category and also named a finalist in the 2015 Tassey-Walden Awards Contest. Right now, I’m working on my next YA novel with a little help from my dogs!

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Giveaway Details

Three winners will receive a signed copy of THE WEIGHT OF ZERO and a one hour telephone chat with the author. 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they’ll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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22 thoughts on “It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati + Giveaway (Intl)”

  1. Tasleema Begum says:

    I’m actually so excited to read this book! The cover is awesome, but the synopsis has me really intrigued. It sounds like a really unique portrayal of mental health issues. I’ve always been really interested in different takes on mental health struggles since they’re so personal and often hard to grasp. Really intrigued to read this and maybe get a chance to pick the authors brain for an interview!

  2. Catherine says:

    Love the look of this cover, and excited to read it. One of my most-anticipated reads of 2016. I’m always looking for more accurate and honest representation of mental illness in YA.

  3. Maggiw says:

    This looks amazing and unique. I feel like I would really enjoy it. The cover would look amazing on my shelf as well!!

  4. Nanouk, Staff Reviewer says:

    The cover is very interesting and unique and I love the way the circles are all around her. I think books about mental health issues are always interesting, but this one especially intrigued me and got my attention and I’m really looking forward to it!
    Oh, and by the way, I LOVE talking to authors. It gives so much more context to the book!

  5. It sounds like a very interesting book. i can’t wait to pick it up.

  6. Hi Everyone!

    Thanks so much for the wonderful comments! I can’t wait for the book to be released. And I’m really looking forward to chatting with the winners of the raffle and hearing their thoughts. It will be like having a mini-bookclub!

    Thanks so much! Happy reading!

    Karen Fortunati

  7. Jasmine says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book and THE COVER IS GORGEOUS!!!!

  8. Mohamed Ashraf says:

    The cover was the main reason I felt interested then I read the synopsis and my interest just hit the roof…

  9. Alvaro Cortez says:

    The cover makes this book look very interesting. It stood out from the others and the synopsis makes me want to read the book even more!

  10. Kara S says:

    I really admire the courageous approach some YA writers have taken to mental illness — whether accurate or otherwise, protagonists with such difficulties cannot help but destigmatize people who have challenges adjusting to life’s changing circumstances (either because of an illness or a lifestyle diffiulty, or both). I am definitely interested in this storyline! Thanks and cheers, Kara S

  11. Karen Fortunati says:

    I love reading these comments! Thank you all for taking the time to post your thoughts on the cover and story! Regarding Kara’s great comment, I did my best to be as accurate as possible. My husband is a child psychiatrist and was an excellent resource for the story. I also loved how Kara touched upon the stigma of mental illness – this was another huge factor in motivating me to write this story. Thanks again and happy reading! Cheers, Karen Fortunati

  12. Fia says:

    [b]What do you think about the cover and synopsis?[/b]

    I think the cover is fantastic! I love the font used, and the subtitle caught my attention, “Hope survives where you least expect it.”! I like how the girl is standing in the center, and the fact that someone circled her multiple times is intriguing. The fact that her hair covers one of her eyes is neat when it comes to this, and I love how the circles are all over the place, yet they don’t make the cover jam-packed with unneeded designs. Now, the synopsis is very, very, very [b]amazing[/b]. I mean, I [b]love[/b] it! It’s so attracting! I love how it’s hard to keep up with everything, haha, sounds funny, doesn’t it? What I mean is, there’s so much going on, and my brain is dying to read on! I like how it all comes together, like a loop, perfectly! Cath seems like an amazing character, and I hope that there’s a mystery behind her and Zero, one that I’m hanging to find out. Last but not least, Karen sounds like an amazing writer, and I would love the honor to read her first book, [i]and[/i] have a conversation with her! That I am dying for.

  13. Shannon Mizikoski says:

    This book sounds absolutely amazing. I am always a fan of a well done book about mental health issues, which this sounds like it definitely is. I read Karen’s bio, and it is very clear that she worked hard on this, and it is close to her heart, so I cannot wait to read it! And I think the cover definitely captures the topic very well.

  14. bn100 says:

    interesting cover

  15. Debra Sluis says:

    After reading the synopsis, I really want to read this book. Even though it’s billed as “YA”… I often find myself really loving the book.. I read them first before passing them among my actual young adult readers here. Then we can talk about the story! I do love the cover!!

  16. Stephanie Bonck says:

    I love the cover and the synopsis. I have dealt with mental health issues so this is very personal for me. It is a harder life when you are a young adult and feel misunderstood and don’t even understand yourself.

  17. Amie Gaudet says:

    WOW! That is what I think of the cover and synopsis of this book.
    I have added it to my TBR list and when I do read it I will be sure to review it on my blog as well as Goodreads and Amazon.
    I think books like this one are very important. We need more books that highlight the struggles of people with mental illness and I commend this author for taking on such an important topic.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The cover is quite hipster, but I’m digging it. It’s what made me click over, so that’s a plus in my book and the kind of response you want to have with readers. The synopsis is good; I’m intrigued. Sounds like it has the power to be a really important book that discusses mental health and we can never have enough of those! Fun giveaway, thanks for the chance.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The Weight of Zero deals with some serious issues ♡ I would love to read this book. Thank you
    I love the cover ♡

  20. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t read a book with mental illness, but this cover seems to show how meds have softened the pain. Sounds like an emotional read!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I love how the girl is shown standing in the middle of what looks like a scribbled white circle. The tagline is really powerful and I love books that bring awareness to the issue of mental illness, as someone very close to me suffered for years before finally finding the right treatment that saved his life. Super excited for this book!

  22. Anonymous says:

    When I read the synopsis feels like, I need this book! I have to read this book soon or I’m going to dying like Catherine but I know, Zero will be coming..
    But when I saw the cover from the first time I’m not so interested I don’t know why maybe because I don’t like yellow? And can you make, “Hope survives where you least expect it” bigger? That’s quote is blown my mind!!

    Thanks for the chance, and Good Luck!


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