review: “bloom” March 2, 2010Posted by Katie in reviews.
Tags: dewey's 24 readathon, realistic fiction, romance
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott.
Simon Pulse // Paperback // 240 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.
Lauren’s got a great life — super talented at clarinet, she’s got an awesome best friend, and the perfect, popular boyfriend, Dave — what more could a girl want? But Lauren’s life is far from perfect. Her father’s a workaholic, her mother abandoned them, and maybe that perfect boyfriend isn’t exactly what Lauren needs. When Evan comes back into Lauren’s life, she’s forced to reevaluate the life that she has and the life that she wants.
I read this book on a pretty fall morning in bed during Dewey’s 24-Hour-Readathon and after a long day of reading, this was a perfect (haha) book to read.
Lauren was a flawed realistic teenager, conflicted between the image that she shows to the world and what she really wants. After years of neglect (from her father) and abandonment (from her mother), she wants to be accepted — Dave’s popularity ensures that she is accepted. This complexity to her character really intrigued me and I urged Lauren to figure out that she didn’t want what she had. Lauren could be annoying at times (she makes some poor decisions), but I felt that she was so real, she really reminded me about the uncertainty of being a teenager.
Evan was a great YA romance lead. And the romance was such a refreshing slow build-up. The characters had previous history and the relationship was completely believable.
I’m not sure that teens will want to see themselves in Lauren’s shoes, but they will be able to relate to a lot of what she goes through in the book — especially those unsure feelings.
And it must be said that the writing is simply superb. I cannot believe that this was Scott’s first novel. Like my jaw dropped when I found that out.
Definitely recommend this book for public libraries — great romance. (And it’s a shorter read, which will also appeal to reluctant readers!)