By: Elizabeth Scott
There's a difference between falling and letting go.
Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl lusts after. So why is she so unhappy?
It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: She's been holding back. She's been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the "right" thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect boyfriend?
But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can't see herself in -- and as Lauren's craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce -- Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice...before one is made for her.
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My Rating: 5/5
This is the second time that I've read Bloom. I usually don't read a novel more than once just because there are hundreds of books that are on my ever growing "To Be Read" list that I still desperately need to get through. That being said, I just had the sudden urge to pick this book up again and so... I did.
I originally purchased Bloom about a year ago. At the time, I had recently finished reading Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott in almost one sitting and was so ecstatic to discover that she had more novels published. I think Bloom is a really fantastic book. If you're a fan of teenage romance and first love-you'll eat this book up.
I feel one of the strongest points of this novel is the characters. I believe we can all relate to Lauren on some level weather it be due to her family life or due to the feelings that encompass her as she begins to fall for Evan and ultimately, the aftermath that follows. One thing I really enjoy about YA books like Bloom is their ability to transport me back to a time when those feelings- similar to Lauren's- were fresh and new in my life, amazingly exhilarating yet frightening all at the same time.
I have to say that the chemistry between Evan and Lauren was so spot on I could almost physically feel it for myself. I love it when characters have this incredible connection that transcends throughout the novels entirety. From the first mention of Evan, it was apparent that Lauren felt something for him even when she wouldn't allow herself to admit it.
If you're a fan of YA contemporary fiction novels infused with romance, I would highly recommend this book. If you've never read anything by Elizabeth Scott and are interested in doing so, I recommend either Bloom or Perfect You. All of her novels are great- some very different from others- but these just so happen to be my two personal favourites.