Book Reviews

Book Review: “Bloom” by Kevin Panetta, Illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau

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Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+ Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Graphic Novel
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


ABOUT: 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.

Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, in which the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow.


My Review
This story was so cute! I loved every page so much I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) stop reading. The sketch style art is great and I love that everything is in shades of blue , black and white.

Ari is a very relatable character: youthful and dreaming; quirky and unsure. He comes off as winy sometimes but I get where he’s coming from, especially when his dad is so dismissive of his plans.

Hector is a nice, caring person and very sure of himself. But it seems like he doesn’t undergo any change within the story even as his relationship with Ari grows. There wasn’t any conflict for him to overcome. I do love seeing his passion and devotion to baking though. And his friend Meg is so wild and funny and very supportive.

Ari and Hector’s relationship was so beautiful to watch. I adored watching them together, enjoying the moment. But my favorite part of the story were all the full double pages of art. A montage of scenes sweeps across the pages in stunning clarity. And it’s all done in my favorite color – blue!

What a wonderful story that takes place at one of my favorite places – a bakery. This would make a great summer read. Bloom is a sweetly, romantic story. I would read more books with Panetta and Ganucheau at the helm.

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