David Levithan was recommended to me a few weeks ago by a co-worker. I had never heard his name before but looked into him and saw he wrote a book with John Green, who I am familiar with, and now I'm halfway through Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I'll have comments for that book shortly but when I first started googling Levithan and learning about him all I could find was the cover for his new book coming in August.
It's not a good cover and, "You heard it here first," Knopf will change it before publication. (Or at least I hope so.)
The Fix Knopf should do:
Change the color of the font. Do it. Do it now! Change the font to anything else. Shrink the hell out of the font. Zoom out and put the letters not-on-peoples'-faces.
The Fix they wont do:
Don't alter the image at all and remove all the text. That picture is the title... "Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan" on the spine would be just fine.
That will never happen. I could maybe see a European publisher do it, more so than an American one, but I don't think any publisher would be okay with no text on the cover.