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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Book Review: Bloom by Kevin Panetta, illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau

This graphic novel centers around Ari. He's just graduated from high school and wants to move to Baltimore from his beach town with his best friends and fellow band-mates. But his sister has just gotten married which leaves him to help out his parents with the family bakery. He really doesn't want to do that, so he advertises to find someone to replace him, so he can escape.

Enter Hector. He is in town temporarily to sort through his grandmother's belonging and sell her house before resuming college. And he loves to bake. Really loves it. He's a pretty happy guy, easy-going and mature, but his love for baking really and truly comes through on every page. And eventually he starts to remind Ari that he once loved baking too. And his presence also serves as a counterpoint to Cameron, the band's lead singer and lead asshole. Will Ari ever see the light in front of him? Or will he keep being is own worst enemy, in getting his life together?

This is a charming graphic novel about love, friendship, figuring out how to adult, adjusting to more grown-up relationships with your family, and love. Yes, I did say it twice. And sourdough.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

This book is published by First Second, a division of Macmillan, my employer.


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