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"Baked with love! Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band--if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom...that is, if Ari doesn't ruin everything."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : First Second, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250196910
Characteristics: 351 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Ganucheau, Savanna - Illustrator


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Lise_biblio Apr 10, 2020

This is wonderful book about young adults finding themselves and their place in the world. It is also the story of first loves. The illustrations are beautiful and Kevin Panetta gives the characters careful expressions to show complex emotions. Highly recommended.

Mar 30, 2020

There's stories about teenagers, then there's stories about being a teenager. Bloom's greatest strength, besides its stellar artwork, is probably that it falls into the latter category. Bloom follows teenager Ari, who's grown tired of working in his parents bakery and dreams of moving to the city with his band. But then he meets Hector and things with his band start to get messy. Bloom may not be shockingly original, but it uses its medium well to tell a story that will resonate with plenty of teenagers. I personally found it comforting to find a story that understands how scary it can be to have your whole life ahead of you. That being said, some readers may find Ari an immature and unlikable character at times. It didn't bother me too much, because I found it refreshing compared to the usual world-saving wish fulfilment characters found in Y.A. If you like baking or just graphic novels aimed at teens, then I'd recommend giving it a try.

Jan 06, 2020

Bloom is a beautifully illustrated book. A lovely coming of age story, and a subtle little gay romance set amidst family struggles, a journey of self-discovery and a bakery. All around him Ari's world is changing and he thinks he knows what he wants out of life until another boy shows up and shows him that what he may think he wants is not really what his heart desires. Ari is an adorable if not very sympathetic main character. At times he gets on my nerves with his irascible attitude. Hector, older, wiser and more grounded is a lot more easy to love as a character. It's a lovely story about how they meet and become friends and then more.
It's a subtle little gay romance, like so many others, and honestly while cute I found the story to be treading on well worn ground. It wasn't all that interesting or different than most coming out stories and gay ya romances. I for one would love to read a story where the characters are already in love and have a good gay romance that perhaps runs into different troubles. This story is about Ari finding himself, and finding his romance with Hector but again this is well worn territory about first love and it really takes half the book to even get to that part. If you're looking for coming of age, this is an excellent story, if you're looking for a gay romance you'll get it but it's very subtle, very little and very much towards the end. A good book, but not great. The artwork however is beautiful and lovely and I hope to see more from this artist.

Dec 29, 2019

High school kid Ari feels trapped in his miserable life. He spends his days dreaming of the music business and his nights working in his family's small struggling seaside bakery. I enjoyed the story, but the homosexual romance didn't do anything for me.

forbesrachel Oct 09, 2019

Delicate, and moving, Bloom is the coming-of-age story of a young man named Ari who is seeking something more in life, and of Hector, who is looking to find more stability. On his own, Ari struggles to realize that his dream may not in fact be his dream, and that his dissatisfaction at working at his parent's bakery may stem from factors other than disliking the job. On his own, Hector has sought a bit of solitude after the loss of his grandma and a failed relationship. Then when meet, they bloom. Hector's passion for baking, and maturity captures the heart of Ari, while, Ari's cute awkwardness and earnest nature, attracts Hector's. This graphic novel slowly builds their bond, and some last minute drama tests it, but there is also a good amount of time spent on their relationships with friends and family.... and also baking. The illustrator draws moments of baking in a sensory style. These are wordless moments, where panels lose their box-like forms to flow and elicit the sense of a shared blissful moment. This is just one of those heartwarming reads that stays with you.

Sep 16, 2019

Cute graphic novel with boys who bake. It had pretty good diversity, and the character arc for the main character was complex and worked really well.

lgbtq rep: main romance between two boys; gay ex-boyfriend as side character

KHCPL_Doug Aug 30, 2019

A beautifully told story about finding yourself in the least expected places--at home. Although it is a coming out story, the narrative doesn't belabor the point. Instead, Ari's story unfolds naturally as his friendship with Hector blooms, and his old life changes as he and his friends transition from young adults to adults. The art is incredible, although I wish they'd used a pallet other than just the blues (it felt almost depressing in areas) and Ari is drawn almost feminine at times. But it's the art that tells so much of the story and draws you in. A sincere, heart-warming story about young life and love that is well worth the read.

Jul 23, 2019

A great story that shows off different types of relationships beautifully. From modern day best friends who say 'I love you' on repeat, to parent and children relationships that are filled with tension, it's a great read. The only reason it doesn't have a perfect score in my book is that there are some scene transitions that caught me a little too off guard, making me feel like I skipped an important scene and had me flipping back to make sure the pages weren't stuck together.

Jul 15, 2019

Bloom was a surprisingly tender read and definitely spoke to my love of baked goods. Relatable story of a business-owner's son trying to find his own identity and way of life, and very well told.

Jun 24, 2019

Unlikeable protagonist, weak story, boundary issues, immature theme; for teens or preteens.

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