Sep 2, 2013

Review: Bloom

Author: Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: April 24th, 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 231
Format: paperback, bought

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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.

My Review:

Lauren is a senior in high school, plays the clarinet, has a best friend Katie, and a dreamy boyfriend named Dave....or is he? Lauren has been with Dave for over a year, and nothing has happened. Its always I'm so lucky to have you, my family loves you... blah blah blah from Dave. Lauren puts up with it thinking its what she is meant to have. Then Evan comes along and her whole world changes.

Lauren learns what it really means to fall in love, but is it what she really wants? Does she want to lose her comfortable and safe life for a life that can be full of pain?

I really enjoyed this story. You get to follow the ups and downs in Lauren's emotions until she finally decides what she really wants. She spends most of the story unsure of it all. Her heart tells her one thing and her head is telling her another. She wants desperately someone to talk to, but she isn't sure who will listen to her without telling her she is stupid.

Lauren definitely has demons from not only a friendship stand point, but it also stems way back to her mother running out on her when she was 6. Not only does she not have a mother anymore, she might as well not have a father either. Her dad is always gone at work, never comes home until closer to 11 ever night. Lauren does all the grocery shopping and her dad hires a cleaning service to clean up the house. He even takes his clothes to a dry cleaners so he doesn't have to do laundry.

I felt we got to learn the characters pretty well. You know Dave is very innocent and religious. He never wants more than a quick peck from Lauren but is still planning on a life spent with her. Evan has his own battles and is trying hard to get his life going, even if that means working the midnight shift at his work. Katie has a family that also has a lot of issues, she is pretty much raising her two younger twin brothers alone. Marcus her boyfriend and Lauren are two of the only things that really bring her joy in her life in between all the mess at her house. With this being said, you still don't really get a wonderful connection with the characters. You get enough of a connection to kind of get who they are but not enough to truly fall in love with them.

I did give my heart out to Evan though. I was cheering for him throughout the book. I know I didn't get to know him completely but I still think he might be my favorite character in this book.

Even though the book was rather short, a chunk of the book was just Lauren figuring things out. It could be slow in points, but it does end up getting wrapped up in the end. I love the way it ended, I just think she threw the last bit into the ending at the last minute. It kind of cleared up some things about her family itself, but then it just skips to a couple paragraphs and it is done. I think it should have either been stopped a little before that, or had a little more go on to complete the ending perfectly.

I still loved the book. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 just because the characters weren't quite what I would want and then the ending of it wasn't quite perfect enough for me to give it a 5. I still enjoyed learning about true love in a way that really seems realistic and how things really could be. I am sure there are many out there than do go through something similar too. Fear of hurting others, but finding out in the effort to not hurt others you end up hurting yourself. There is always a time in everyone's life that you have to decide where you draw the line and decide to make yourself happy instead.

The setting was nice. I could get a vision of her school, her town, her huge house and the emptiness of it with it being just her most of the time. I could picture what all the characters looked like and I could also picture the way things happened in the story. I also liked the flow of the writing. You feel that you are there with Lauren in her head and feeling all the emotions that she is feeling. You follow it throughout the whole story and watch her blossom as it goes.

Really Enjoyed It!

1 comment:

  1. I read Bloom a while back and really liked it as well! Evan was just ... well, he was probably my favourite part of the book. Dave was a nice guy but just SO bland I rolled my eyes whenever he was there :P

    Awesome review!

    - Allie @ Little Birdie Books


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