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In Bloom

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,554 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
A poignant and unexpectedly funny novel about Francis - one of the best and bravest teenage boy narrators since Adrian Mole. This is an emotionally honest story about wanting the very best from life, even when life shows you how very bad things can be.

Francis Wootton's first memory is of Kurt Cobain's death, and there have been other hardships closer to home since then. At
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2013 by Much-in-Little
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
North East Teenage Book Awards Nominee 2014

5 Words: Young-love, drugs, love, family, hope.

This was my first read of 2015 and it was amazing. And heart breaking. And it made me cry.

From the very first page, I knew this book would be special. I mean, it doesn't get more powerful that that first short page. That first page kind of stuns you, leaves you slightly breathless.

When I finished this book, I had tears streaming down my face. And I couldn't think straight. I still can't think straight, can'
Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Simon and Schuster for the ARC!

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. I was highly anticipating this book and I thought it was going to be a very emotional contemporary book that would hit me right in the feels. I was wrong. I am actually going to do this review in a list format because I think it would be easier to put my thoughts together.

Why I Did Not Like This Book:

1. Pacing - This book had such strange pacing. It had SO many page breaks. I usually like page breaks but this
enqi ✨🍒 (high lady of the night court, #1 helvar squad)
The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise is marketed as the fault in our stars from the boy's point of view, but in truth, the only resemblance to tfios is its premise, and afterwards, the book falls short of its predecessor's standards.

the romance was a no-go for me. it was the worst case of instalove i've ever seen... it seemed like francis and amber had no choice because they were both dying of cancer and they were the most compatible in the whole ward. unlike most of my friends i'm not that av
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Francis is sick with leukemia and being diagnosed changes his life as he knows it. With his mother and older brother, he gets through his treatments. Even when his two grumpy bed mates don't give him the time of day. In comes Amber, a girl like no other. One who speaks her mind, and does anything she wants. She's sick too.

This bright and bold cover really stood out to me and this is probably why I picked this up from th
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't a one star book. Just going in my on hold. It's a sweet book but just didn't capture me, I keep finding myself wanting to venture to other books. I'll come back to it though
Ok, so here's the problem with this book. AMBER HAS NO DIMENSION AS A CHARACTER, she's just this shadow that the author couldn't figure out how to work magic on and make her come alive. She's flat, she and Francis have ZERO chemistry. You can't just say they're madly in love and then expect us to believe it. You have to actually take us behind the scenes and show us all those little tiny moments where they make awkward eye contact, and can't stop grinning at each other. Yes, Matthew Crow, I prom ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-favourites
I love this with all my soul. Matthew Crow is a phenomenally underhyped writer. GET. ON. THIS.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sara Grochowski
My goodness, I adore this novel so incredibly much. Yes, it's another cancer book about a teen falling in love with a fellow patient and discovering what it means to live while his body is dying, but here's the thing: this book is so much more than the familiar premise.

“He had to be nice to me at the moment because he had to be surrounded by people. This was because boys like him were, essentially, pasta. Everyone thought they loved him because they had never been forced to experience the true
ashley 🌈
It was bad. Just plain bad. I decided to stop reading about halfway through.
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
Originally at Heart Full Of Books

(Warning: The blurb of this book is misleading.) On the back cover, this book is compared to ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. Normally, comparing a contemporary book with John Green is a risky business, as A LOT of people in the world love TFIOS. However, I’d say the only similarity with John Green’s most famous novel is that the two main characters have cancer. That’s like comparing Shadow and Bone with The Selection, because they both have a female protagonist!


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Je ne lis pas énormément de romans mettant en scène de jeunes personnes luttant contre des maladies. Pas que ce n’est pas intéressant hein ? C’est juste que ce n’est pas le genre de romans vers lesquels je me tourne… Puis je sais aussi pertinemment que je vais pleurer à un moment de ma lecture, surtout quand il est question de cancer. La quatrième de couverture mentionne plusieurs fois Nos Etoiles Contraires mais je vous dis tout de suite que je ne pourr
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Review By Beth

In Bloom’s synopsis immediately had me thinking of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Is this just another cancer novel? Yes it’s an emotive topic but can it be overdone? Are there too many novels dealing with this topic at the moment? I don’t think so and I think In Bloom is brilliant and is at least The Fault in Our Stars’ equal. I would even say I prefer it over the huge American hit because it has a British-ness to it which makes it easier for me to relate to.
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I’m pretty conflicted about this book, I’ve gotta say. There were some things I really liked, and others I really hated. The family/friendship aspect of this book was amazing - I absolutely loved the relationship between Amber’s mom and Francis’ mom, the strong bond between Chris and Francis, and just the overall development of the characters that made up Francis’ family. But, unfortunately, Francis was kinda crap. He was immature, whiny and childish; he was always looking for pity from anyone w ...more
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The saddest part is that this book didn't have anything specifically wrong with it. Sure, the main character was a bit of a dick, and the plot was a complete cliché, but I thought I could get a bit further through. It had promise- I liked the cover and the quote on the back of the book- but the book simply didn't interest me. It was boring. I didn't want to pick it up and read again, and I was only half reading it when I did- I never got lost in it.
I feel like it's hard to master
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'esperienza della malattia è qualcosa di indescrivibile, qualcosa che forse solo gli psicologi riescono a tirare fuori a parole dal paziente.
Per questo motivo, quando mi trovo di fronte un argomento così delicato, mi avvicino con titubanze e sospetto al libro in questione, sia in quanto potrebbe essere di una colossale banalità, sia in quanto, al contrario, potrebbe essere così profondo da farmi versare fiumi di lacrime.
Beh, questo libro ha stravolto tutti i miei pronostici e si colloca esattam
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I begin this review I just have to let you know I’m listening to Whitney Houston’s greatest hits because this book has made me feel lots of different things and I need some good 80’s music to help me write this review. So, if there are accidental insertions of Whitney lyrics then I’m sorry.

I had never heard of this book until I did some fiddling around on Amazon looking for some good YA reads and this book kept popping up and because I like the name Matthew and because the cover looked p
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
Thank you Andye from for your Review My Books program!

If you've read the synopsis, you'll know that Francis, our main character, is diagnosed with leukemia. If you managed to read past that line in the summary, you'll find that he falls for a fellow patient. If you're like most literary analysts, you'll have made an immediate connection to The Fault in Our Stars. But let me be the 31st person to tell you: not every book that deals with cancer and love is automatically a copy of H
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
ON s’intéresse plus aux personnes qui entoure le malade qu'aux malades eux-mêmes ce que j'ai apprécié.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I really liked the family aspect of this story
Francis had a very strong support system throughout
his ordeal. However, I had a difficult time liking him,
at times in the story he came off as a self-righteous

This is a direct quote from the book of what
Francis thinksof his mother:

"Mum only completed half of her college entry exams before
before giving up and taking the first job she could get.
With a track record that never strayed beneath a B, I was
already her intellectual superior and didn
Brenda Zalegowski
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen a lot of comparisons to The Fault In Our Stars (most unfavorable) and I think that's just unfair. The only similarity is the fact that two kids with cancer fall in love. Well guess what, John Green does not have the market on kids with cancer stories. Lurlene McDaniel was writing stories about kids with serious illnesses decades ago so I'm sick of the TFIOS comparisons.

I actually enjoyed this book much more than TFIOS, mostly because of Francis. He was just so likable as were his mom
Marshal (thebookishhowler)
Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

Review to come.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book! Inspirational and real!
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I was honestly really stuck between a 2 or 3 star rating for this book, surprising since the beginning portion of this book, I HATED so much.
here's why:
- Amber annoyed me most of the time, and even though I feel bad for saying that considering the circumstances, she was just for me. I didn't like her at all, not until the very very end.
- I felt in the beginning the humor was a little bit trying to hard, it made me cringe honestly, but whatever.
-Just sometimes Francis would be a littl
Jayne  Chen
This review can also be found on my blog: ! :)

Okay, first of all, I KNOW that you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover. Which I will not. But I WILL comment on just how BEAUTIFUL that cover is. The colors are gorgeous, and the font. You’d never be able to guess at what this book holds inside. Okay anyways, The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise. I liked this book. I really did. It was an easy read, a lovely Young Adult fiction piece that I’m sure would a
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ultimamente sono dannatamente stregata da letture profonde, intense, capaci di emozionare. Sarò masochista, non lo metto in dubbio, ma non posso farne a meno e non ne resto mai delusa. "Il nostro anno infinito" narra la storia di Francis, un quindicenne un po' imbranato e solitario, che inaspettatamente dopo alcuni episodi allarmanti e le estenuanti analisi, scopre di essere affetto da leucemia. Verrà ricoverato in una clinica per sottoporsi alle cure ed è proprio qui che incontra il suo raggio ...more
This book just touched my heart.
Jessica | Bookish Serendipity
Oh, I had such high hopes for this book. The cover! The premise! The characters! I desperately wanted to love it…but I didn’t.

The pacing at the beginning of the book really threw me off. We start with a lot of backstory about when Francis was 4 years old. We then skip forward to when Francis was 15 years old, which is when the majority of the book is set. A few pages later, the story jumps back a few years to when Francis first learned that he had cancer. There was a lot of back and forth at the
Lily Williams
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Francis Wootton was fifteen, but heading onto fifty, or so you would think from his old soul, and already knew the tribulation of lamentation and demise. However, he didn’t have a way to forecast the probability of him experiencing the grating stages of cancer. Just like his sister’s inevitable death and his father’s bitter departure, cancer was as abrupt for him as it was hectic. Though, he assimilated to the whole he-could-perish-from-cancer ordeal fairly quickly once Amber Sunrise had - nearl ...more
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Matthew was born and raised in Newcastle and began freelancing for newspapers and magazines whilst still at school, writing about the arts and pop culture.

He has written four novels, Ashes and My Dearest Jonah - the second of which was nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize for Literature - and one book for young adults, In Bloom, which was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the North East Teen Bo
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“He had to be nice to me at the moment because he had to be surrounded by people. This was because boys like him were, essentially, pasta. Everyone thought they loved him because they had never been forced to experience the true blandness of him on his own.” 8 likes
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