(Isn’t this the prettiest cover? I love the daisy in her hair.)
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 guy?
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.
“…BLOOM is a beautiful, powerful love story, a wonderful coming-of-age story, and most of all just an amazing novel told in Lauren’s fresh, funny, and distinctive voice.” — Jocelyn Pearce, TeensReadToo.com
“…This is a good book that deals with love, not just romantic love but also love within a family unit, between friends, and love of yourself. Lauren learns throughout the book that you don’t have to be perfect to be loved. Sometimes people love you more when they get to see your whole self, flaws included.” — Kat Werner, YA Librarian, Benton Harbor Public Library
“A fresh, honest, and heartfelt look at first love.” — Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist for Honey,Baby,Sweetheart
“Finally drawn, honest, sweet and charming, Bloom is like getting a beautifully wrapped gift–it’s lovely to start with, and just gets better as you tear into it.” — Michele Jaffe, author of Bad Kitty
A Borders Original Voices selection for May 2007
A Books-A-Million Teen Book Club selection for August 2007
Congratulations, Elizabeth, your book sounds absolutely fabulous and I can’t wait to read it! I wish you the very best!