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, LGBT, Young Adult, Comics, Romance, Contemporary

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
    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 ARCBottom Line:5 Stars: Yuri on Icing 😉Age Recommendation: 13+ (Occasional swearing, brief kiss)Cover: 3/5Plot: 4/5Characters 5/5 Pinterest [image error]/a> | Reddit
  • C.G. Drews
    I just want all the soft queer baking stories of ever. This was such a ME graphic novel, set in a bakery in a quiet seaside town. Ari was a totally rumpled disaster, sensitive and explosive, while Hector was a solid and quiet force who loved baking and giving second chances. They meshed so well together, like the intense cuteness leveless were just 🙌🏻 I also loved how Ari's family was Greek and there was loving family culture in there too.I...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    3.5 starsI saw so many glowing reviews for this that I basically harrassed my library into buying a copy, but I'm sad that my lasting impression of it is that is was just kinda average? There were certainly things I loved about it like the character development and the setting at a bakery and the gorgeous art style and how Hector would call Ari out when he was being a baby or manipulative, but I thought the rest of the plot was just kinda typical...
  • 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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  • Vicky Who Reads
    so sweet and cute and the art is FREAKING AMAZING all the baking scenes had me drooooooling
  • 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!...
  • Hollis
    Basically what I'm learning is that no LGBTQ+ graphic novel will ever come close to the soft adorable hilarious brilliance that is CHECK, PLEASE.I feel like I waited for this hold to pop up f o r e v e r and wow what a disappointment.Bland characters, shitty characters, perfectly predictable pious characters.. not to mention a lack of direction or cohesion; overall just.. nothing to recommend it. I can't even round up.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Melissa Veras
    2.5 stars. This was not what I was expecting. I was so hyped for this, but I was not ready for Ari to be such a little shit. Hector deserves way better.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Acqua
    Bloom is a contemporary graphic novel set in a coastal small town. It follows Ari and Hector, two boys - respectively of Greek and Samoan descent - as they work together in the Kyrkos family bakery and fall in love.It is as adorable as it sounds, but I think that anyone who wants to get into this should also keep in mind that it follows a very insecure (and immature) main character who is dealing with a lot of self-doubt and with a friendship he ...
  • Alexa
    Closer to a 3.5 stars. I really loved the art style, and the entire set-up for this story and how it plays out was pretty great. I did wish we had a touch more when it came to the events leading up to the resolution of Ari’s story though, but I definitely have a soft spot for how adorable things were by the last panel.
  • 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.
  • Hilda
    I would love to have something like that to be on a team with someone and to be better together than you could be alone. This was the cutest thing ever!! Hector and Ari were so good together. Like that quote above says, better together. The name Aristotle sure is doing a comeback. I’ve seen a soap opera and now Thai book with the main character named Ari. I love it. But seriously, this book was all sorts of sweet but also dealt with coming of a...
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  • 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...
  • Kiera
    Cute, summery graphic novel about love and baking.
  • 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...