Justine has a must-read post answering some of the questions that have been appearing here and there (links at Justine's) about the cover of her AMAZING EFFING BRILLIANT* forthcoming novel Liar:
Liar is a book about a compulsive (possibly pathological) liar who is determined to stop lying but finds it much harder than she supposed. I worked very hard to make sure that the fundamentals of who Micah is were believable: that she’s a girl, that she’s a teenager, that she’s black, that she’s USian. One of the most upsetting impacts of the cover is that it’s led readers to question everything about Micah: If she doesn’t look anything like the girl on the cover maybe nothing she says is true. At which point the entire book, and all my hard work, crumbles.
Please read the whole thing. It's an important and incredibly brave thing to tell the truth about.
*Seriously, it blew me away in first draft form. It's one of the best novels of the year. I hope you will all buy and read it as soon as it's out.
Updated: PW has an interesting story as well.