Bloom Review

by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau (illustrator)

Publisher: First Second

Print Length: 368 pages

Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Romance

Release Year: 2019

Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.09

Available on Amazon and B&N.

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. (Goodreads)

Most of what I enjoyed about this book was its beauty in simplicity of it. Though there is dialogue (which is well-written and easy to understand), the thing that really makes this graphic novel stand out is its illustration. It’s simpler, unlike some of the uber-popular traditional comics of today, but no less beautiful. With entire spreads void of words, the story is conveyed visually, with motion conveyed between the panels and no dreaded over-articulation of character. A smile, drawn with the perfect amount of detail is all that is needed to tell you how a character feels. 

Honestly, I hope this is part of a series. It doesn’t have to be a long one, maybe only one more volume, because I sadly found the ending unsatisfying. Of course, it’s a happy one that concludes the story’s events well, but for whatever reason, I found myself unsatisfied and wanting more. I don’t want to consider this a full-on downside because it will not stop me from reading a sequel if there is one, but for these personal reasons, I gave the book a lower rating.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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