#2. Bloom – Elizabeth Scott
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 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.
I really enjoyed reading this fantastic YA novel. It’s a short book and I finished it in one sitting because there’s so much that I liked about the book, I was simply not interested in putting it down. This is the first novel that I’ve read by Elizabeth Scott, and I can definitely see why she is such a popular author – she has great insight to teens’ lives, behaviors, and thoughts, and creates characters that are very relatable. Reminds me a bit of another popular YA author that I recently discovered, Sarah Dessen. If you’re a fan of Dessen, Scott is another great choice.
I loved the characters in Bloom. Lauren, of course, was very well-written, and as the main character and the focus of the book I really liked her. I also found myself feeling very sympathetic to Katie, Lauren’s best friend, and she was most definitely my second favorite character. I felt like the characters were absolutely three-dimensional and all added different elements to the book, all interesting and necessary to the progression of the story – and I liked that other characters besides Lauren were well-developed. This isn’t the “best” story for teens because Lauren basically cheats on her boyfriend Dave with Evan for about a third of the book… but I think that, in high school life, the story is somewhat realistic. Teens don’t always do the right things, and especially when you’re so young and falling in love for the first time, you’re usually not thinking too clearly. So although the story wasn’t at all a lesson in morals, I think a lot of teens will relate to Lauren’s situation and root for her… no matter what choice she makes in the long run.
I highly recommend Bloom by Elizabeth Scott and I look forward to reading more by her in the future!
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