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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  24,516 ratings  ·  4,629 reviews
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygo ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by First Second
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Salami It's inferred. Hector mentions finding his grandma's recipes which are Samoan and describes Ravani as "The most Samoa-y Greek food" he's ever tasted, …moreIt's inferred. Hector mentions finding his grandma's recipes which are Samoan and describes Ravani as "The most Samoa-y Greek food" he's ever tasted, Ari being Greek. (less)

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Julie Zantopoulos
I am such a sucker for soft, queer boys. MY HEART.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
"maybe just... don't try to be what you think you should be. be what you love." ...more
Jul 02, 2020 added it
Aw, this one wasn't for me 😭 I felt that the plot meandered, was paced strangely, and that the relationships didn't grow in understandable ways. I was constantly asking the book questions like "why is Ari still working at the bakery if he hired a replacement? why do we never see him practicing with his band? why is he having so much fun baking if he keeps saying how much he hates baking?" I just was not a big Ari fan, haha. Oh well! I know so many other people have loved it. ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, lgbtq
this was so adorable!! if you're looking for two soft boys baking and falling in love, look no further! ...more
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars

I saw so many glowing reviews for this that I basically harrassed my library into buying a copy, but I'm sad that my lasting impression of it is that is was just kinda average? There were certainly things I loved about it like the character development and the setting at a bakery and the gorgeous art style and how Hector would call Ari out when he was being a baby or manipulative, but I thought the rest of the plot was just kinda typical. Small town, summer, slow burn romance, family dr
may ➹
sometimes I just have to abandon my tbr and read about gays for the serotonin

Larry H
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know exactly what led me to read Bloom , the wonderful new graphic novel by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, especially considering that I had read exactly one graphic novel before this, and it didn't quite make an impact on me. But something about this story of friendship, love, family, and baking captured my attention, and it has definitely piqued my interest in reading more graphic novels in the future.

Ari's family owns a bakery that has fallen on hard times. They're struggling
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No One
I found this book very frustrating.

Ostensibly this is a romance between two young men (18 or 19?). Although nothing romantic really happens until about two-thirds of the way through the book.

What frustrated me is that Ari, the character who is working in his dad's bakery, is a selfish, self-absorbed, whiny, immature, pouting little brat. And I'm supposed to think Hector falls in love with him!!!!

When they finally kiss, I'm like, "NOoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Don't kiss him, Hector!!!!!!!" And
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

I was having a really crummy day but then I decided to read my ARC of this. It was so fun and easy to read. A great story that took my emotions for a ride.
Thank you to First Second for providing me with an ARC

Bottom Line:
5 Stars: Yuri on Icing 😉
Age Recommendation: 13+ (Occasional swearing, brief kiss)
Cover: 3/5
Plot: 4/5
Characters 5/5

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C.G. Drews
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just want all the soft queer baking stories of ever. This was such a ME graphic novel, set in a bakery in a quiet seaside town. Ari was a totally rumpled disaster, sensitive and explosive, while Hector was a solid and quiet force who loved baking and giving second chances. They meshed so well together, like the intense cuteness leveless were just 🙌🏻 I also loved how Ari's family was Greek and there was loving family culture in there too.

I did so feel for Ari, with the whole "I wanna do somethi
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just so cute!
Ari and Hector 💞
You two are so made for each other.
And with all that baking and food, it made me super hungry all this time.

I love how the characters are well developed and their personalities are so heartwarming. I would like to meet this family and friends of Ari. They are so supportive and there for him. Ari (Aristotle) is not a person you would adore but he owns up to his mistakes and Hector happens in his life making things better.
This one is so sweet! The kisses thoug
daph pink ♡
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
OMG! the baking scenes, travelling together, cooking together, sitting on rooftop etc.

And heck that first kiss though...that was sooo fucking cute!!BUT THEN NO NO NO WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN.

And I love ARI'S MOM AND Dad they are soo cute!!!

And why the heck all girls are so hyperactive { HANNAH, MEG} i mean i am not complaining and all.....its just they are hard to handle....though i love them.

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★ My last couple of reviews were huge so this review is going to be cute and fluffy, just like this book!

★ I suffered to get a copy of this book because I really wanted to read it! I am not disappointed but not impressed either. Those graphic novels are all becoming the same: Check, Heartstopper, Fence. They all involve 2 guys with a too fluffy, too fast relationships because the books are short for something meaningful!

★ They sometimes involve a breaku
monica kim
Jun 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
overall, a lovely story, but i just wish the narrative was a bit stronger. will still pick up the next though!
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-romance, gn-glbt
A first graphic novel for Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau about two queer boys and a May- December (summer) romance while they--Ari and Hector--work in a bakery owned by Ari's father. It's pretty and sweet and hovering maybe between 3 and 4 stars for me, say 3.5, because there's not as much characterization or depth as I would like. Not much happens except baking and touches and glances, in keeping with romance, for a very long time, but I especially like the food passion in it (there are so ...more
Gabriela Reads
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
2/5 ★★☆☆☆

“I would love to have something like that... to be on a team with someone... and to be better together than you ever could be alone.”

I didn't like the story or the characters. There are many inconsistencies in the plot, it doesn't seem to follow a logical order and the ending happens very hastily. Many scenes don't end properly, they skip from one part of the book to another without any explanation. It was very disappointing, to be honest.

The characters aren’t much better, they hav
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

*phewww* thank GODD the “official” star rating is on record, because guys...




I can’t E-VENNNNN!
I could not get enough of this beautifully executed— both visually AND in written word— queer lovvveeeee story!!

Bloom gave me vibes of a sort of vague mash-up of Aristotle & Dante Dis
h o l l i s
Basically what I'm learning is that no LGBTQ+ graphic novel will ever come close to the soft adorable hilarious brilliance that is CHECK, PLEASE.

I feel like I waited for this hold to pop up f o r e v e r and wow what a disappointment.

Bland characters, shitty characters, perfectly predictable pious characters.. not to mention a lack of direction or cohesion; overall just.. nothing to recommend it. I can't even round up.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
“I would love to have something like that... To be on a team with someone... And to be better together than you could ever be alone.”

representation: Greek MC, Samoan MC, lots of side characters of colour, m/m relationship.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


This was so beautiful. Not only in the art style, but the story itself was so lovely. There was one joke made about PTSD that rubbed me the wrong way, but I can't really fault it for a
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I don't know why or how I waited as long as I did to pick up Bloom, because this has to be one of my new favorite graphic novels of all time. The art is stunning, the characters are so precious and lovable, and I adored the rep (a Greek gay MC, a Samoan gay love interest, and multiple side characters of color).

This is definitely a more character- than plot-driven story, so if you're like me and you prefer character-driven reads, this one will be right up your alley; not a ton of drama or conflic
2-1/2 stars, rounded up
Ari Kyrkos's sister has just gotten married, and now his parents expect him to help out with the family bakery on the Maryland shore. But Ari is dreaming of moving to Baltimore with his friends so their band can play clubs and develop a following. Then Hector, who's in their town to tie up his grandmother's estate, gets a job at the bakery. And Ari finds himself torn over what he really wants.
Well, meh.

I had high hopes for this book since a number of my Goodreads frie
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Let love simply bloom . . . and it is unstoppable." -- Pope Francis

A relatively chaste and reassuring coming-of-age romance story with two young men, Bloom is a graphic novel set (I think) in a Delmarva beach town. It is presented much in the same style as DC Ink's recent series - which feature teen versions of characters like Catwoman and Raven - meaning a tri-color format (here being black, white, and a comfortable turquoise hue) and relaxed illustrations.

Ari is about eighteen years old, stuc
Len Evans Jr
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first graphic romance novel that I have every read and although it was a bit weird reading it at times I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The artwork for it was outstanding and really added a lot to the read. The story was sweet and totally adorable. Loved it a lot!
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Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
so so so sweet and soft!!!
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

This was ADORABLE, had amazing art, some really well written parts, and I LOVED that it discussed not knowing what you want to do with your life post high school-which is so important as a huge amount of teens have the same inner struggles.

4.5 stars from me though because I needed more of the adorable romance because it only started to take off maybe the last 15% of the book.

Thanks so much to Fierce Reads for sending me an early copy for review!
that was absolutely adorable! I'm so glad I got to buddy read this with my friend Laura because we were both in a cute mood and it was perfection! I loved how baking is such an important part of this graphic novel, you can see how much it means to both characters and how baking shaped most of their lives. the romance was also adorable, with a little slow burn, from strangers to best friends to lovers. perfect! and the art is absolutely beautiful! (4.25) ...more
Lauren Lanz
4.5 glowing stars

I don’t know who you thought I was but I’m definitely the person sitting in the back of the book store reading graphic novels.

Bloom was unbearably cute; something of a sweet love story involving two boys and a family run bakery.

Wonderful art if the cover doesn’t tell you as much. The use of solely white and blue hues made for some really eye-pleasing drawings.

As for the story, it was so easy to fall in love with; every character was amazing in a simplistic way. This was a great
Kate (GirlReading)
so soft. so pure. too scrumptious to handle.
Vicky Again
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
so sweet and cute and the art is FREAKING AMAZING

all the baking scenes had me drooooooling
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