Book Review


May 20, 2019

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 become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Bloom Synopsis
Bloom Front Cover

My Thoughts:

Bloom has to be hands down the most anticipated graphic novel of the year for me. I think I first heard about it from Chelsea Dolling Reads Youtube Channel. Anyway I heard about it I ordered it and this weekend I finally got to read it.

First off Savanna Ganucheau’s artwork in this novel is so spectacular and evocative despite only being done in shades of blue. It all feels so raw and real. The true test is the double page spreads that completely lack any words yet are stunning and moving.

On the other hand, Kevin Panetta’s writing is poignant and stirring at times but at other things make no sense. I overall enjoyed the story but personally thought the romance was a bit lacklustre and Ari’s friends annoying at best. The overarching story though was very sweet. I think mostly I had hoped for more and was given a very light on content story.

I give it 4 stars

Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau was released February 12th 2019. You can get a copy from Amazon, Book Depository, Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls or wherever you like to get books.

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