Bloom by Kevin Panetta


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

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

Reviews Bloom

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I am such a sucker for soft, queer boys. MY HEART.
  • Riley
    this was so adorable!! if you're looking for two soft boys baking and falling in love, look no further!
  • Lola
    I just want everyone on this planet to read this lovely queer graphic novel. Is that too much to ask?I have no idea though why this book was published in FEBRUARY because it is 100% a summer read and for a second there, after finishing it, I wondered if the snow outside had perhaps melted. AS IF. Regardless, it made me long for summer even more than I already am and that’s quite alright. Summer means no more school, means exams are over, means ...
  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    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|blog| Buy this BookBottom Line:5 Stars: Yuri on Icing 😉Age Recommendation: 13+ (Occasional swearing, brief kiss)Cover: 3/5Plot: 4/5Characters 5/5
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    so so so sweet and soft!!!
  • Len Evans Jr
    This is the first graphic romance novel that I have every read and although it was a bit weird reading it at times I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The artwork for it was outstanding and really added a lot to the read. The story was sweet and totally adorable. Loved it a lot!
  • Dylan
    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...
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  • Romie
    that was absolutely adorable! I'm so glad I got to buddy read this with my friend Laura because we were both in a cute mood and it was perfection! I loved how baking is such an important part of this graphic novel, you can see how much it means to both characters and how baking shaped most of their lives. the romance was also adorable, with a little slow burn, from strangers to best friends to lovers. perfect! and the art is absolutely beautiful!...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    I got this as an arc and the file was corrupt and unreadable but I was able to get about 65 pages into it and was intrigued enough to purchase a finished copy and I'm glad I did. It was a sweet story about Ari who doesn't want his life to consist of his parent's bakery and Hector who only wants to bake. It's about a boy who wants to be in a band, to get out from under his parent's expectations and a boy who makes him see how wonderful things are ...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Reads Rainbow I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Ari is Greek and his parents own a bakery, where he helps out. But his real dream is to finish school and move to Baltimore with his friends to play music. That all changes once he meets Hector, a boy who came to this little town to take care of his late grandma's house. It's not the typical love story you might ex...
  • Flora ❀
    Cute boys ... in a cute bakery ... during the summer ... what else do you need in life? maybe air but that's it. this is all you need!
  • Vitor Martins
    Um quadrinho lindo e extremamente sensível sobre se apaixonar, compartilhar pequenas intimidades e decidir as prioridades da sua vida. Ari e Hector se conectam de uma forma muito bonita e isso fica muito evidente nos diálogos e nos detalhes da arte. As flores que ~desabrocham~ conforme eles vão ficando próximos me deixou 100% soft e eu seria capaz de ler mais 500 páginas sobre a vida deles dois. Also: PADARIAS!
  • Emma
    A cute graphic novel with two soft boys who like to bake, what more could I ask for?Plus it's all in blue tones and it's the nicest thing ever. I'm totally biased because blue is my favourite colour, but who cares?This story was really sweet. I liked all the baking they did and I'll make sure to check out some of the recipes because it all seemed so goooood.Ari and Hector were the cutest and I was really glad to see them find their own way and co...
  • Kyle
    Actual rating: 2.75I really dug the muted colors— all blends of blue/blue-grays/blue-greens/black & white. Oftentimes, simple coloring is necessary, and it worked well here. The art itself wasn’t overly-detailed, either. I noticed some of the production sketches in the back of the book, and they were full of little details, and I sort of wished we had more of that and not just the vague strokes of the finished product. The story was also more...
  • ANNA
    we love boys who explore tender masculinity and sexualities !!!! ok but wow, reading Bloom was like receiving a warm hug. the artwork w/ the teal color palette was so beautiful. i adored the wide panels of the beach and the boys baking in the bakery... like! my heart! the boys were very well-rounded characters, especially ari. ari is a bit on the angsty side because he's trying to figure out his life; watching him grow into a better person was am...
  • Sahitya
    A solid 3.5. Very cute story. Lots of baking which made me really hungry. Ari can be clueless but he and Hector together are adorable.
  • TheYALibrarian
    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. ...
  • Marie
    Soft boys and baked goods, this book was so heartwarming, I loved it!
  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    4.5 starsRead my full review and blog tour post here: to Macmillan International and First Second books for gifting me this in exchange for an honest review.Bloom centres around Ari, a queer teen of Greek descent, and Hector, a black, queer teen, who moves to Ari’s town for the summer to clear out his late Grandmother’s home. Ari begins the story despondent and frustrated because he feels his fat...
  • Lance
    4.5 Stars. That was just... just so wholesome. Just what I needed. Bloom is one of those graphic novels that you just love because of how soft and sweet it is. It definitely acts as a palate cleanser that contains some of the best tropes: firework viewing, star gazing, soft boys, themes of college and growing up and BAKING. Ari and Hector..... ARE JUST SO CUTE. I don't have much other to say than that, but highly recommended and I will rer...
  • Jes Reads
    I've heard some mixed reviews on this one, but I really enjoyed it. I loved Ari as a main character even when he was a bit whiny. I thought it was realistic to his age. loved the inclusion of a male male romance AND that it was organic and not forced.
  • Sofia
    This was such a wholesome read. I adored the art style - the monochromatic blue color scheme worked so well. There were so many baking montage pages that were GORGEOUS and just so peaceful to read. My only criticism for this book was that I wasn't a huge fan of the protagonist. The love interest, Hector, was SUCH a sweetheart but Ari... was kind of a dick. There's a part of me that feels like Hector deserves better BUT I did enjoy seeing the two ...
  • Christy
    Oh, my gosh. This book was adorable with just the right amount of angst to keep me invested right through the end.Ari has been told his whole life that some day he will take over his family bakery. This is not the life he wants. Enter Hector, the cute boy who bake like there’s no tomorrow.This book is such a slow burn and I am so here for it. I wanted them together the first glance on the page and yet there’s so much going on here. Hector lov...
  • Truebluedah ♪
    Oh my gosh!I can’t even describe with words how good this book is!I love graphic novels, but this is a new high for them!I have never enjoyed a story as much as this one!It was funny, sweet, sad, and heartwarming all in one powerful picturesque book!I loved the drawings and the colors!This is a MUST READ for fans of Smile
  • yvee
    this was adorable!!
  • Mehsi
    Baking and cute guys (well Hector mostly). I have been meaning to read this graphic novel since way before it came out, I am a big fan of Savanna Ganucheau's art, and a whole book of it? Sign me up so so many times. I have been meaning to write a review for ages, but the words just don't seem to come easily, so will be writing a good/not so good review. Good: -Hector. I just adored this fluffy guy who is way too sweet. I loved how hard he worked ...
  • Mareike
    This is a beautifully rendered graphic novel and a very sweet tale of young love in a little seaside down. I think I smiled almost all the way through, except for a few moments that made me tear up a little. I also (view spoiler)[googled several of the baked goods that are mentioned in it and can't wait to try and make them. And the same goes for the sourdough recipe that's included in the extras. (hide spoiler)]
  • Anniek
    This is such a cute graphic novel! I really enjoyed it, and I loved the characters. My favourite thing about this is the art, which is very emotive. The writing felt a tad forced at times, breaking the flow of the story a little. Another minor criticism is that I thought the story was pretty slow to start, while the ending was kind of rushed. But overall, it's a highly enjoyable graphic novel about bakery boyfriends!