Bloom
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.

Bloom Details

TitleBloom
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherFirst Second
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Lgbt, Comics

Bloom Review

  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    this was so adorable!! if you're looking for two soft boys baking and falling in love, look no further!
  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    I was having a really crummy day but then I decided to read my ARC of this. It was so fun and easy to read. A great story that took my emotions for a ride. Thank you to First Second for providing me with an ARC
  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.This was ADORABLE, had amazing art, some really well written parts, and I LOVED that it discussed not knowing what you want to do with your life post high school-which is so important as a huge amount of teens have the same inner struggles.4.5 stars from me though because I needed more of the adorable romance because it only started to take off maybe the last 15% of the book.Thanks so much to Fierce Reads for sending me an early copy for review!
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  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    RTC on january 27 (im part of the blog tour!!) but oh my god!!! this is such a soft little story! truly a gay cupcake we all deserve Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Reads Rainbow
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Soft boys and baked goods, this book was so heartwarming, I loved it! <3 Full review coming soon!Thank you to MacMillan International for the e-ARC of this book and to JM @ Book Freak Revelations for inviting me along for the Bloom Blog Tour. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'
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  • Shiku
    January 1, 1970
    Ohhhhh my gosh. I'm following the artist's webcomic George and Johnny, which is all kinds of adorable and cute, and when I saw this book's cover, the style seemed incredibly familiar but I couldn't instantly place it. BUT NOW I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS.More on "Bloom".
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  • TheYALibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    Rating 3 StarsPros:-The art style is cartoony and adorable.-The monochromatic blue pallet was interesting and worked well.-The world doesn't deserve Hector he's so pure and wonderful.Cons:-Ari is a whiny little brat that I couldn't stand.-Ari's friends are dicks to Hector and to basically each other.-Ari throws Hector under the bus more than once.-Just Ari period. Hector deserves way better.-Dialogue was all stilted and weird with abbreviations. It was like the author forgot how teenagers talk.- Rating 3 StarsPros:-The art style is cartoony and adorable.-The monochromatic blue pallet was interesting and worked well.-The world doesn't deserve Hector he's so pure and wonderful.Cons:-Ari is a whiny little brat that I couldn't stand.-Ari's friends are dicks to Hector and to basically each other.-Ari throws Hector under the bus more than once.-Just Ari period. Hector deserves way better.-Dialogue was all stilted and weird with abbreviations. It was like the author forgot how teenagers talk.-(view spoiler)[Ari and Hector making up at the end since I still believe Hector is better off without him. (hide spoiler)]So overall quite a disappointment that could have turned into a adorable romance.
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    "Still waiting for a reviewer to call Bloom “Yuri on Icing” - Kevin Panetta 32 minutes ago on Twitter. Bloom is Yuri on Icing.(You're welcome, Kevin)
  • Rebecca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of an earc for an honest review.I loved this graphic novel Bloom. I really like the art style and the story too. I loved the friendship and relationship of Ari and Hector. I didn’t like some of Ari’s friends and how they treated him and Hector too. I definitely want to get this when it comes out next month. I absolutely recommend it. This is my favorite graphic novel I’ve read so far. I gave this a five out of five stars.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    This was SO CUTE and SO WONDERFUL.
  • Bianca (The Ultimate Fangirl)
    January 1, 1970
    It was so refreshingly cute. 😍 I should really get to reading more graphic novels because I seem to miss out on a lot of amazing reads such as this one.I first fell in love with the art style, and then slowly but surely for the blossoming (heh, get it lol) love that happened in this book. I resonated with Ari personally but I rooted for Hector the minute he graced the page. Honestly what's not to love?Full review to come, still. But I do hope you include this wonderful novel on your TBRs and rea It was so refreshingly cute. 😍 I should really get to reading more graphic novels because I seem to miss out on a lot of amazing reads such as this one.I first fell in love with the art style, and then slowly but surely for the blossoming (heh, get it lol) love that happened in this book. I resonated with Ari personally but I rooted for Hector the minute he graced the page. Honestly what's not to love?Full review to come, still. But I do hope you include this wonderful novel on your TBRs and read it in all its glory come 2019!Huge thanks to JM at Book Freak Revelations for hosting the tour! 💙
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for the copy! Ari works at his family bakery but dreams of moving to Baltimore to pursue a career in music with his friends. The bakery has been struggling for some time now and Ari will need to find a replacement if he wants to leave. That's when Hector moves to town looking for a job and stumbles across the bakery. Ari instantly hires Hecto Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...Thank you to FirstSecond and Raincoast Books for the copy! Ari works at his family bakery but dreams of moving to Baltimore to pursue a career in music with his friends. The bakery has been struggling for some time now and Ari will need to find a replacement if he wants to leave. That's when Hector moves to town looking for a job and stumbles across the bakery. Ari instantly hires Hector and they become closer as the year passes them by. The story was cute and I was definitely rooting for both Ari and Hector. I think that both Ari and Hector's stories were very relateable, especially for teens. Ari is confused on what he wants moving forward and Hector is struggling with the expectations others put on him. I wish that there was a sequel, I definitely want to see where these two go from here!
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  • Trin
    January 1, 1970
    Really cute gay romance centered around a bakery in a little beachside community. The art is adorable--stylistically, it reminds me a lot of Heartstopper--and the side characters are all nicely developed and well-realized; the whole world of this book, actually, is just so charming (though not without conflict) and it feels rich and real. There's a turn toward melodrama toward the end of the story that I didn't really care for, and in conjunction with that, one of the characters does something t Really cute gay romance centered around a bakery in a little beachside community. The art is adorable--stylistically, it reminds me a lot of Heartstopper--and the side characters are all nicely developed and well-realized; the whole world of this book, actually, is just so charming (though not without conflict) and it feels rich and real. There's a turn toward melodrama toward the end of the story that I didn't really care for, and in conjunction with that, one of the characters does something terrible that his love interest forgives him for, in my mind, way too easily. But I still really loved the majority of this; it's comforting as a nice big bite of fresh bread.
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  • Therese
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Read this whilst at a bookstore in between classes. Such an adorable story with two immensely adorable leads! I adored seeing their love flourish and their happiness along with it. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the familial aspects of this graphic novel. The art was also spectacular. I'm in awe of the pages.This is a very cute read. I think it'd be great to read in the summer!
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  • Jessie_Book
    January 1, 1970
    This book feels like a warm hug of adorableness, it takes you up into its arms and sweeps you away. Bloom is a quick fun read that features great LGBTQ representation. I loved how realist and heartfelt all the relationships seemed. The art looks so good you can practically smell the bread off the page. I only wish that there was more, because it is a graphic novel I didn't feel like we got into the nitty gritty. Hopefully there will be a sequel! I wan't more of Ari and Hector!!!
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  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis was so soft and sweet, I loved it and would 100% recommend. Full review to come on my stop on the blog tour!
  • Aicha
    January 1, 1970
    This book got me wanting to bake. I am now making french toast. Is that real baking?
  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    I read an ARC of this graphic novel from First Second via NetGalley. Aristotle works at his parents bakery, but he dreams of moving to Baltimore and playing in his band with his friends. He finds Hector who loves to bake and is willing to work in the bakery. The two find a rhythm working alongside each other that is just adorable.The monochrome blue colors worked since it took place in a beach community, the art had a manga feel and there were beautiful full page spreads of gorgeous landscapes a I read an ARC of this graphic novel from First Second via NetGalley. Aristotle works at his parents bakery, but he dreams of moving to Baltimore and playing in his band with his friends. He finds Hector who loves to bake and is willing to work in the bakery. The two find a rhythm working alongside each other that is just adorable.The monochrome blue colors worked since it took place in a beach community, the art had a manga feel and there were beautiful full page spreads of gorgeous landscapes and streetscapes. This read very quick. I don’t normally go for romance, but it was easy to root for Hector and hope Ari reconnected with his loving parents. Well defined characters. Highly recommended for teens looking for realistic romance.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I thought Bloom was so great! I really liked it. I loved the illustrations and color theme of them. The story itself was so cute and fun to read. I really enjoyed the characters, except Cameron. He was a total jerk and had me rolling my eyes quite a bit. I loved Ari and Hector together. The story had me craving bread and cupcakes the entire time too. At the end the author even included a recipe from one of the things the characters baked and a playlist!
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC of this came into my life. It is an absolutely adorable graphic novel about Ari, who works at his family's bakery, and his friendship and romance with Hector, a young man who comes to work for them. Baking, music, family, and gorgeous art by Savanna Ganucheau. The relationships are realistic. I wish I had gay teen stories like this when I was a teen. :)
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    A light & lovely read. Perfect for a snow day!
  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    oh this is beautiful in so many ways! i loved the art and the story and the ending so much! give me more soft graphic novels with soft boys and baking and fireworks!!
  • Belinda (bookstorm)
    January 1, 1970
    Bloom was a really cute graphic novel, especially all the baking scenes!!! I loved the illustration style and the blue-scale coloring. I also really loved how the main characters Ari and Hector are LGBT characters but this book wasn't about being LGBT, it was just a fact of their life and who they were. Something else I appreciated was how this book shows that college isn't the only option young people have after high school. For Hector, going to cooking school was his path, and for Ari, through Bloom was a really cute graphic novel, especially all the baking scenes!!! I loved the illustration style and the blue-scale coloring. I also really loved how the main characters Ari and Hector are LGBT characters but this book wasn't about being LGBT, it was just a fact of their life and who they were. Something else I appreciated was how this book shows that college isn't the only option young people have after high school. For Hector, going to cooking school was his path, and for Ari, throughout the book he finds his path. The only thing I wanted was to see more character development and more information about who the characters were in general since I often got confuses about the relationships between people in the in the book whether that be friendship or exes, etc, but other than that I really enjoyed it.
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  • Cecelia
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: First Second publishes great graphic novels. I consistently adore their titles (Check, Please! Shattered Warrior! The Prince and the Dressmaker!), so it’s no surprise that I was looking forward to Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau’s Bloom as soon as I heard about it. Umm, also, it ticks several of my “favorite things” boxes?? A of all, it’s a book about cute boys working in a bakery, and B of all, it is a sweet LGBTQ+ romance with lots of heart. Oh g I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: First Second publishes great graphic novels. I consistently adore their titles (Check, Please! Shattered Warrior! The Prince and the Dressmaker!), so it’s no surprise that I was looking forward to Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau’s Bloom as soon as I heard about it. Umm, also, it ticks several of my “favorite things” boxes?? A of all, it’s a book about cute boys working in a bakery, and B of all, it is a sweet LGBTQ+ romance with lots of heart. Oh gosh, I loved it a lot.Ari has just finished high school and is looking forward to moving to the big city with his band. Meanwhile, he’s trying to manage his family’s expectation that he’ll keep working at the family bakery. To assuage his guilt, he settles on the idea of hiring a replacement for himself, and that’s how he meets Hector Gallea, in town from Birmingham to close up his grandmother’s house. Hector’s steady presence and love of baking draws Ari in bit by bit… but will it be enough to keep him in tiny East Beach, or will his big city dreams take precedence? Ari will find out this and more over one fateful Maryland summer… You know how there are stories that just feel like food for the soul? They may make you cry a little, but they mostly fill you up with that bubbly, content feeling of that-was-just-what-I-needed? Bloom is one of those stories. Panetta and Ganucheau have collaborated to create a beautiful book, and luckily it’s a *good* one too.Things I liked (get ready, there are many): Ari’s family is part of the story. Young adult and children’s lit gets dinged a lot for having absent parents to build plot, so it’s absolutely wonderful to see whole family and realistic parent-kid relationships in books. Conflict in Bloom builds out of differing expectations for Ari’s future: his dad wants him to help out in the struggling family bakery, and he wants to follow his friends out into the unknown. To add to that, Ari’s family is solidly working class, and not sure if their business will survive. There’s no college-bound future here, and I can’t think of the last YA book I read that included a family like Ari’s, where economic uncertainty is part of the story.I also really loved how Ari’s relationship with his high school/band friends played out. It was authentic in a little-tough-to-watch kind of way. Those moments when you realize you’ve outgrown your friends, or they’ve outgrown you, or maybe you were never really friends to begin with? Super poignant. The title of the book really points out what’s happening here: not only a sweet love story, but a real growing up and turning your face to the sunshine kind of maturing. And it’s illustrated to match! I adored that certain panels (no spoilers!) had flowers creeping over the edges.Speaking of illustration, Ganucheau really hit it out of the park. I mean, gosh, it’s a gorgeous book. And the two-toned illustrations in shades of teal really worked in a way I wasn’t expecting. And the baking collages! *heart eyes* What can I say, I am a sucker for cute boys + baked goods.On the note of baked goods, there’s a recipe at the end! If you can finish this book without wanting to go whip something up in the kitchen, you can safely say you have a will of iron! So it’s very convenient that there’s one just at the end, how nice and thank you v. much to the authors. Also p.s. I adored the nods to Hector’s Samoan and the Kyrkos family’s Greek backgrounds with the food they made. Ugh, I loved all of it. I think you will too.So if you’ve ever swooned over a fictional boy throwing bags of flour over his shoulder (and I know you all have – don’t lie to me! Peeta from The Hunger Games happened, we all remember that right??), and/or just want to read an adorable slow-burn romance with lots of flirting and blushing, this is the book for you.Recommended for: fans of Check, Please! and Heartstopper, and anyone who likes comics about finding yourself and finding your way, with a little romance baked in.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    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 blo 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.Bloom is tender, sweet, and honest. It's a post-high school coming of age graphic novel all about wants and needs, dreams and real life, choices and consequences. It's about two young men, one who doesn't know what he wants and one who needs a little time away from life, and their summer together.Ari doesn't know what he wants to do, not really. There's what he knows, what he was pushed towards, which is his family's bakery, which he doesn't really want to work at, and there's what he dreams of, which is moving to a bigger city with his friends and bandmates and making it as musicians. He's hoping it'll all work out, but with the bakery struggling and his dad pressuring him to stay, and his friends making serious plans while Ari dreams and hangs around, it's not looking likely. His confusion and uncertainty overwhelm him. He doesn't know where to go, what to do. But he does know that he likes spending time with Hector.Hector is on a break from culinary school, currently unattached after breaking up with his last boyfriend, and is in town to help clear out his late grandmother's house. He knows what he loves, cooking, baking, spending time in the kitchen making food, but he needed some time away. Time to breathe. So here's this little town, with a bakery looking for help. So in walks Hector, looking to continue doing what he loves.The story fits so well with the art style and the two-tones colour scheme. I love Savannah Gancheau's art in this book. The exterior scenes so full of things, like the house/bakery backyard with all the pots and plants. The pages covered in baked goods, rolls and cakes and blueberry muffins. The characters' faces! They're all so expressive, smiling or sneering, frowning or shouting or laughing. Especially Ari's annoyed face. Those eyebrows!Ari and Hector's story isn't easy. It has its ups and downs, its fun times and tense moments. This is a story all about moving on when you don't feel like you're ready, making hard decisions, facing a harsh reality when running a small business, admitting you made a mistake, apologizing and owning up to it when that mistake got people hurt, and moving forward when you're afraid of screwing up again. And it's a story about how the people who care about you will always be there to stand by your side. So, if you're looking for a sweet, realistic story with diverse characters and wonderful art, give this a read. Just don't blame me if you're hungry at the end.(I received an advance copy of this title to review from Raincoast Books.)
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED IT. This is an easy five stars. The art is so vibrant, and I love the mix of shades of blues used. Hector and Ari are adorable. Ari’s family owns a quaint bakery in a beach town and business is slow. Rather than continuing to help his parents, Ari wants to move out to live with his friends and play in their band. After posting notices around town for help, a boy named Hector, an avid baker, offers his expertise. The two become very friendly and eventually fall for each other. CUTE. What I LOVED IT. This is an easy five stars. The art is so vibrant, and I love the mix of shades of blues used. Hector and Ari are adorable. Ari’s family owns a quaint bakery in a beach town and business is slow. Rather than continuing to help his parents, Ari wants to move out to live with his friends and play in their band. After posting notices around town for help, a boy named Hector, an avid baker, offers his expertise. The two become very friendly and eventually fall for each other. CUTE. What I really appreciate was the very smartly written dialogue between them, especially the conversation after Ari’s attempts to manipulate Hector into feeling guilty. In this scene, Hector comes back early from visiting his friends in his hometown and Ari, rather than understanding and respecting Hector’s homesickness, blames him for abandoning him. “Look, obviously you’re going through something right now, and you’re trying to put it on me. That’s not going to happen. So I’m going to leave. Okay? Fighting toxicity in relationships!! And explaining how and why that language inappropriate?! Hell yes! I’d recommend for people to read Prince and the Dressmaker if they enjoyed Bloom.
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  • DonationWayne
    January 1, 1970
    I hope everyone gives this graphic novel a read! I was sifting through recommended books a couple months ago when the cover of this one caught my eye. I love owning graphic novels so I went ahead and pre-ordered and was not disappointed! I definitely recommend if you're looking for beautiful art, and a soft and slightly angsty story line. I really enjoyed all the art in this, the blue shades worked really well with the story and I loved all the characters designs!!!! If you're looking for an aft I hope everyone gives this graphic novel a read! I was sifting through recommended books a couple months ago when the cover of this one caught my eye. I love owning graphic novels so I went ahead and pre-ordered and was not disappointed! I definitely recommend if you're looking for beautiful art, and a soft and slightly angsty story line. I really enjoyed all the art in this, the blue shades worked really well with the story and I loved all the characters designs!!!! If you're looking for an afternoon read, I would pick this up!!!I loved this characters and I really wish we could have more of them.
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  • Jenni Frencham
    January 1, 1970
    Panetta, Kevin. Bloom. First Second, 2019.Ari has just finished high school and is excited to move to the big city with his band and pursue his love of music, but his family is insisting that he stay home and help run the bakery in the hopes that they will not have to close it down. Ari finds Hector to replace him at the bakery. Hector is in culinary school and loves to bake, and Ari finds himself drawn to Hector. But what about the band and Ari's musical pursuits?This is a lovely graphic novel Panetta, Kevin. Bloom. First Second, 2019.Ari has just finished high school and is excited to move to the big city with his band and pursue his love of music, but his family is insisting that he stay home and help run the bakery in the hopes that they will not have to close it down. Ari finds Hector to replace him at the bakery. Hector is in culinary school and loves to bake, and Ari finds himself drawn to Hector. But what about the band and Ari's musical pursuits?This is a lovely graphic novel love story that is perfect for teens still searching for their place in the world. Ari isn't sure what he wants to do with himself, but he is definitely sure he doesn't want to bake. Maybe. Probably. The blue palette used for the panels is appropriate for the wistful tone of most of the story and helps to keep the focus on the characters and their relationship. Ari's love for Hector is beautiful, especially considering that it happens organically in the tale and that this isn't a coming out story, but rather a love story where the two main characters are male. Recommended.Recommended for: teensRed Flags: noneOverall Rating: 5/5 starsI received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purpose of review.
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  • Lexi
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! It was a very quick cute read that will warm you. I thought the characters were well developed and it was a queer love story that wasn’t forced or trying too hard to prove something. Loved the honesty and openness to show affection between all the characters!
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved Check, Pleas! this is the next super awesome gay graphic you need to pick up next!
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