Bloom by Kevin Panetta

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 becom...


Details Bloom

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

Reviews Bloom

  • Riley
    1970-01-01
    this was so adorable!! if you're looking for two soft boys baking and falling in love, look no further!
  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 fo...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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'
  • TheYALibrarian
    1970-01-01
    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. ...
  • Rebecca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    This was SO CUTE and SO WONDERFUL.
  • Bianca (The Ultimate Fangirl)
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Jay G
    1970-01-01
    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 stu...
  • Trin
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Therese
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Jessie_Book
    1970-01-01
    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! ...
  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    This book got me wanting to bake. I am now making french toast. Is that real baking?
  • Theresa
    1970-01-01
    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 be...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    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 pl...
  • Sandy
    1970-01-01
    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. :)
  • Alicia
    1970-01-01
    A light & lovely read. Perfect for a snow day!
  • Caroline
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Cecelia
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    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 becom...
  • Kristina
    1970-01-01
    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 friend...
  • DonationWayne
    1970-01-01
    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 c...
  • Jenni Frencham
    1970-01-01
    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'...
  • Lexi
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    If you loved Check, Pleas! this is the next super awesome gay graphic you need to pick up next!