Published By: Simon Pulse
Year of Publication: 2007
Summary (from goodreads.com): 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.
Review: Bloom is essentially a book about first loves – and you really can’t go wrong with that.
What really drew me into this book from the first page was Lauren. I thought she was a great character. She was honest, did, thought and wanted what I think teenagers do, think and want. I loved that. Sometimes it’s easy to make characters that aren’t as true to life as they could be in order to further the storyline, but I didn’t find that at all with Lauren. She was a very believable character.
On the other hand I found her boyfriend, Dave, to be a bit flat. It seemed like he was all about three things, sports, church, and his parents. It didn’t seem like he had a whole lot of personality. I would have loved to learn more about him.
Evan sounds like such a cute guy, maybe even one of the cutest fictional guys I’ve ever read about. I can totally see why Lauren liked him.
I really enjoyed the ending, specifically when it came to Lauren and her best friend Katie. I thought they had a very authentic and heartfelt conversation that cleared a lot up between them. It made a lot of sense to see where each one was coming from.
This is the second book by Elizabeth Scott that I’ve read, and I’ve really enjoyed both of them. (See my review for The Unwritten Rule.) I will definitely be reading more from her.
Disclosure: I got this book from the library.