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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  10,873 ratings  ·  496 reviews

There's a difference between falling and letting go.

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 bo

ebook, 240 pages
Published June 20th 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published April 1st 2007)
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When Lauren is with Dave, she’s envied by all, and Lauren thinks nothing can get better than being with her boyfriend. With him, his perfection rubs on her, making her perfect as well. But Lauren isn’t happy. And when an old friend, Evan, comes along, Lauren suddenly realizes that she should change things about her life before she can’t.

I am not impressed with Bloom at all. I guess I had high—extremely high—expectations and was less than pleased when I finally finished reading. I don’t think I
*3.5 stars*

AND YES, I will admit that I'm adding half a star for those mind-blowingly HOT kisses. Man, this woman can write kissing scenes like nobody's business. Even if the ones kissing have a tendency to make me REALLY want to slap some sense into them.

Also, I hatehateHATE the phrase 'chewed-off smile.' Ms. Scott seems to have a thing for it, but whenever I read it I think of someone literally chewing off the other's smile. And that's just...blech.
Audrey (holes In My brain)
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Bloom, by Elizabeth Scott, looks like one of those teen-romance type books, and, well, it is, but it’s actually good. It’s all about Lauren, who gets relatively good grades, has a “perfect” boyfriend, and plays in jazz band. And then it’s all about Evan--at least in Lauren’s mind, because he’s all she can think about. Oh, and did I mention that her boyfriend’s name is Dave? Yeah, you read right; Lauren cheats on her boyfriend. But that’s hardly giving away the plot, since it’s fairly obvious fro ...more
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Michelle Pham
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Elizabeth Scott is an amazing writer. I never knew about her books, until this: I fell upon them while I was at Borders looking for the author Keiran Scott(A Non-Blonde Cheerleader Series),next to her I saw the name Elizabeth Scott and I saw the cover of Perfect You and picked it up because the cover looked interesting. I read the plot, very good as well. So I Bought It. I read that and loved it, so I looked up her name and went to Borders and bought Bloom . And this is where my review begins.
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: This is my second Elizabeth Scott book. I will be reading more from her! I heart her! I particularly enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end. As I flipped the pages and got closer to the end, it left me sad. I enjoyed it a lot! I love that Lauren runs into Evan after so many years and they have an instant connection. Not so much as brother and sister (their parents were dating) but more like a connection into their souls. I loved watching the chemistry between them and the way t ...more
Bloom has been on my list for quite awhile now and it finally got bumped up to the top of my Amazon cart and made its way to my door. This is my first Elizabeth Scott book and she comes highly recommended. Comparisons to Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen abound and, as I am a big Caletti fan, I was hoping for a nice, cozy read on a snowy February evening.

Lauren is pretty sure she's as average as it gets. The one thing she excels at is playing the clarinet in her school's jazz band, but no one but he
Kody Keplinger
So Elizabeth Scott is OFFICIALLY my favorite YA romance author. I read LIVING DEAD GIRL first (so not a romance) and then decided to backtrack and read her earlier work. I was startled at first to see comedies - ROMANTIC comedies - but then I gave them a shot, and WOW glad I did.

Lauren in BLOOM is such a real character. She's that girl that hangs out with popular people but isn't quite popular - I knew loads of these girls in high school. Her boyfriend is gorgeous, but things just aren't right b
Nina ♥
Sep 23, 2010 Nina ♥ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers looking for a quick read.
Summary: Lauren is miserable. When she was only a child, he mom abandoned her and his father and never came back. And her father might as well have. He's never home and is rarely there for her when she needs someone to talk to. But she has a gorgeous boyfriend whom any girl would kill to be with and a great best friend, and that almost makes up for her absent father. She's not exactly happy, but she's content; and she's content with being content. She's convinced that if she let loose any of her ...more
When I had read this book, I wanted to discuss it with my friends. I found I couldn't. It doesn't have anything to do with the plot or the story, but with the protagonists. One hour after I had read it, I realized I didn't know the names anymore. Have you ever tried to tell somebody about a book and had to begin "Well, there is this girl... her name? I don't know. Let's just call her girl#1. Girl#1 has a boyfriend... his name? I don't know either. Let's just call him boy#1. She also has a best f ...more

This book was so thrilling and beautiful. I've only ever read two books that made me feel this way, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, and this. This is one of the two books that really, REALLY, understood me, as much as I understood it. Bloom is an amazing book that will have you yearning for what the Lauren and Evan have in this book.

I can't explain it- but the emotions in this book were so real, the confusion Lauren had, I could feel all of it. I stayed up until 2 AM on a scho
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Zemira Warner
Aug 03, 2011 Zemira Warner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of good YA romance
I think Scott wrote this book to show the problems teenagers go through in high school. The book deals with relationships, divorced parents, friends and school. Scott displays these topics in a way that is relatable and interesting to the reader. I highly suggest this book.

The overall feel of this book was surprisingly complex. The romance view was fantastic; it was steamy without being graphic, it was sweet without being overtly so, it was understandable while being slightly incredible. Evan wa
Caroline (Words & Whispers)
Having now read three Elizabeth Scott novels, I feel I've learned really only one main thing: Scott never disappoints. Bloom looks like your typical YA romance novel--let me tell you, it's not. Lauren has the perfect boyfriend; and yes, literally, Dave is perfect. He's sweet, kind, in-tune to her feelings (or so he thinks), and to boot, he's religious, and has never pushed her into anything. While Lauren is left wanting more than Dave is willing to give her when it comes to physical stuff, she ...more
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This book was interesting in the way that all of elizabeth Scott's books are. And I do enjoy them very much but I realize for the first time when I read this book that I am outgrowing them. They revolve too much around things I have already been through (aka HIGH SCHOOL) and while I grow older the characters don't. I do still like the books but they don't speak to me the way they used to. The main characters decisions take to long to me, I feel like things could happen so much quicker if they ju ...more
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Lauren’s life is perfect, but she’s not happy. Wah, wah, heart bleeds for her. This book is one long story of indecision; if you know me at all, you know I hate people (and characters) who are indecisive! She’s got this really cute boyfriend who is kind and comes from a good family, but she feels as though she has to pretend to be a different person when she is with him. Hey, that happens sometimes. Just because a guy is cute doesn
Sep 19, 2011 Fred rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah Dessen fans
Recommended to Fred by: Amy
I really like Elizabeth Scott, and this is another good book. She sure has the saddest characters, ever, though, and sometimes it is almost too poignant to keep reading. MC Lauren lives a classic YA life of quiet desperation. She is pretty much raising herself, after her Mom abandoned her and her Dad when she was very young. She has one "friend," and a "perfect boyfriend," but in both of those relationships she's just faking it, trying to be the person she thinks they want her to be, since her r ...more
This was a cute little book about a girl who is faking her entire relationship with her seemingly perfect boyfriend which is all well and good for her until her ex-stepbrother comes back to town and she's smitten with him.

Much of the book is just Lauren saying over and over and over again how her bf is perfect and she wishes she was perfect too. Okay, we get it. There's way too much of that. In fact I could have used only a hundred pages or so of "He's so perfect, how can I dump him?" and then m
LORD, am I glad that's over.

It wasn't any one thing about this book that bothered me-- just, absolutely everything put together made it into a complete catastrophe. Another review on here described all of Lauren's problems as feeling forced, fake... Well, that's absolutely spot-on.

I'm too old to be reading young adult novels, mind you, and maybe this would have been considered acceptable to someone in high school, or perhaps middle school, but this book could be summed up as the following: whine
Oh my lord....
After reading the blurb I had fairly good expectations of this story but oh my god it was beyond boring. At one point I was forcing myself to keep reading to the end.
The entire plot line consisted of Lauren whining on and on about how she's for a perfect boyfriend but isn't happy and he's too good for her, whilst also thinking about touching and kissing Evan whilst her boyfriend was talking to her. HELLO?! Dump him maybe? Like any other person would
Then there was the structure of
Steph Su
BLOOM is a short and sweet read about a problem that most teenagers can relate to. Lauren may say that her life is not like those in the movies, but she certainly has a common story: having to choose between two boys, one of whom can give her everything she’s conditioned to want, and one who can maybe give her what she doesn’t know she really wants.

From this simple premise arises a simple, straightforward high school love story, with a dash of family angst thrown in. Admittedly Lauren and Evan’s
Nov 24, 2010 Milly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Elizabeth Scott, Sarah Dessen, and Susane Colasanti
I've always liked Elizabeth Scott's writing and this was no exception.
The way she described the emotions and the budding and irresistible attraction Lauren had for Evan was so tantalizingly beautiful! Reading those lines gave me butterflies in my stomach and goosebumps on my skin like I'm Lauren right there and then pulled to want to touch and kiss Evan with all of my being!

Conversely, Elizabeth Scott made me want to pull Lauren's hair out. Lauren is a weakling. She was selfish and she deserve
Kate Newman
I remembered reading Bloom a few years ago and really enjoying it...when I was fourteen. The writing was repetitive, I found Lauren to be an asshole (the kind you can't like in spite of their assholeness; ie, the bad kind), and overall the relationship between Lauren and Evan came off as pretty incestuous to me. I know they weren't ACTUALLY related or anything, but the whole our-parents-used-to-date-when-we-were-kids-so-we-were-basically-step-siblings-but-now-we're-dating is kinda creepy to me. ...more
Lauren Smith's mom left when she was six. Her dad, a distant figure in her life, is rarely there for her. Meanwhile, Lauren is dating perfect Dave. Dave is popular, gorgeous, and actually a decent human being. He's good and kind and he loves her, and any girl would kill to be his girlfriend. So why is Lauren so unhappy? It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland, a guy from her distant past, to wake Lauren up. With Evan, she feels different. It's not just that Evan excites her - when she's with Evan, ...more
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shana naomi
Jul 10, 2007 shana naomi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my family of teachers
i bought this because elizabeth is my friend and i was so proud of her for getting it written and published and it getting such a good response in the YA world. but it made me reconsider reading more YA novels in general and especially anything that can be similarly unconventional and honest in the way my favorite books growing up were.

here's what i wrote to elizabeth then:

"i loved that you never let easy assumptions lie, i fucking laughed the hell out loud on a quiet plane when dave wasn't ga
Lena ♫ ♪
This is my first and favorite Elizabeth Scott novel. I literally devoured it! It's your basic story of finding out who you are, who you want to be and who do you want to be with. Ahh, the beauty of teen angst!

Lauren has the perfect boyfriend. Dave's the boy that everyone wants to date. But she can't shake the feeling that something is missing. Then enters Evan. He's a blast from her past, and suddenly, all the things she should feel for Dave, she feels for Evan. But is she really willing to giv
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Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can't leave without buying at least one book.

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