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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  9,824 ratings  ·  784 reviews

The kidnappers are actually her Aunt Sandy and Uncle Max, but that doesn't matter to Domenica Santolina Doone, better known as Dinnie. She feels as if she's being taken out of the country against her will. Certainly no one asked her opinion. Dinnie is used to change-with her family constantly moving from state to state while her father searches for one new "oppor
Paperback, 273 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published August 22nd 1998)
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Francheska In my personal opinion, I think that Dinnie started to become positive once Guthrie was caught in the avalanche. There, Dinnie started to realized why…moreIn my personal opinion, I think that Dinnie started to become positive once Guthrie was caught in the avalanche. There, Dinnie started to realized why Guthrie kept saying, "Libro" at everything. He was celebrating life. At that point Dinnie started to be like Guthrie and be positive, but she has a long way to go.(less)

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For every person, there are books that you read that completely shape your life or push your life in a certain direction. For me, this is one of those books.

I first read this book in seventh grade on a whim. I had to read Walk Two Moons in another class the previous year, so I recognized the author's name and decided to give it a chance. To this day, I am glad that I did.

This is the book that inspired me to want to go to Italy, travel in general, and learn Italian, as well as many other language
Lua diLux
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 7gla
Dominica is a kind girl that travels with her mom, dad, sister Stella, and brother Crick until Stella had a baby and she was kidnapped! Where did she leave to? That’s a mystery. I really loved that Dominica could make friends so easily! She would walk into a school with no friends and walk out with 20! The only think I didn’t like about this book was the fact that Dominica had to leave her magical life to go back to the USA! This book is perfect for anyone from the ages 9-17 it is amazing.
Hannah Jayne
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Viva! Viva! Viva!

i just have a lot of feelings okay

reading this is like taking a clean sheet of paper and crushing it into a crumpled ball, and opening it, and crumpling it, a few more times for good measure, and finally teasing it apart to gently brush it flat again, only it never will lay flat again, it’s worn, and creased, and there are stretches in it’s grain that can never be undone. and you are the paper. and now you don’t know what to do with yourself.

funny, that sounds a lot like life
Such a fantastic, sweet, sad, lovely, AMAZING book. *sighs with happiness*

"Such the best." - Guthrie
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Bloomability is the story of 13-year-old Dinnie who's "kidnapped" by her Uncle Max and Aunt Sandy after her older sister unexpectedly has a baby. You see, Dinnie hasn't led a normal life. Her family travels whenever and where ever her father finds another "opportunity." They live a nomadic lifestyle, never staying in the same town for very long.

For Dinnie that changes when Uncle Max and Aunt Sandy, who Dinnie barely knows, whisks her away to boarding school in Switzerland. Uncle Max has just tak
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
I love books with a plot that takes you on a roller coaster trip, not knowing what to expect and one that keeps you turning the pages and not wanting to put the book down. This book is not one of those books. This book has a plot like "It's a Small World" really doesn't take the reader anywhere exciting and then it ends. I listened to this book on CD. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice little story about a girl who experiences a life changing "opportunity" attending an American School in Switz ...more
Gretchen Rubin
I've loved other books by Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons, Absolutely Normal Chaos) and was happy when my children's-literature book group picked this book, because I've wanted to read it for a long time. Swiss boarding school! Need I say more? ...more
Ashley Ferrell
Read this one with the Fam! It was great!
Megan Miller
This book, guys.
This was one of the defining books of my childhood. (And all thanks to a random box of hand-me-down books from my cousin.) I don't have a lot to say about it. I reread it during my trip to Myanmar, and the memories and the longing for wanting to keep everything you loved close to you, and the acknowledgement that you can't, and all the beautiful phrasing just... I can't really explain the feeling.
It's not my favorite example of healthy relationships between sexes, especially for
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in middle school, and over ten years later I still find it as refreshing as the first time I read it. The story of Domenica Santolina Doone is an engaging one. Preferring to be called Dinnie, she is whisked away to Lagano, Switzerland where she goes to an American boarding school where her uncle and aunt are headmasters of. At first opposed to the change, Dinnie is challenged and reshaped in this coming of age story. Her relationships resonate to the reader as they see the ...more
This is possibly my favorite childhood book besides Harry Potter. It changes the way I think every time I pick it up. Reading this is a blessing that I wish upon everyone in the world.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nothin better than returning to formative stories and finding them just as good as you remember them
Samantha Watson
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Dinnie has been on the move her entire life, constantly going with her family towards their next "opportunity". Then she gets an opportunity completely of her own, to go with her aunt and uncle to a school in Switzerland. At first she is terrified, but soon finds out opportunities are all around, as long as you're willing to be bloomable.

This was technically a reread for me, as I read it in either late elementary or early middle school. However, this reading brought me into a deeper love for Di
Sara ♥
This book was really cute. It's about a girl, Dinnie, who has moved around all her life (12 times in her 12 years) and doesn't really know what the concept of "home" means, you know? So her two older siblings are starting to get into some mischief (each in their own way), so her parents send her to live with her aunt and uncle for the school year. In Switzerland. So in this area of Switzerland, where she attends an "American" school, she has to learn Italian and meet a lot of new people from all ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This semester, in my reading class, our teacher asks us to read this book called Bloomability which is written by Sharon Creech,the main character called Dinnie, in my mind, Dinnie maybe is a real people in the real life. I mean there must be someone who living in this word just like Dinnie.And this book is talking about three period life time of Dinnie. the first period life is Dinnie with her family, the second period life is talking about after Dinnie going to swizerland. the third period li ...more
Bish Denham
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I totally enjoyed this book. I liked how, despite a rather haphazard family life, there is still a lot of love. In many ways 13 year-old Dinnie reminded me of myself at that age. Not in the moving around part, but the way she experienced her inner self. On the inside she felt isolated in a bubble, she felt insecure. She's an observer who doesn't make friends easily. On the outside, though, the face she presents to the world, is very likable. She's basically a good girl trying to do what's right. ...more
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a really good book about a girl that get taken by her Aunt and Uncle to Switzerland (she has lived in America her whole life). The book is about her time that she has in Switzerland (in a really weird school), about her friends and lots more.
Dec 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Kim  Dennis
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I didn't know much about it. I had listened to Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, which was a Newbery book, but it was sad, so I was a little worried about this one. (I'm all about happy endings.) This book grabbed me from the beginning, and never let go. It was a beautiful story about a girl growing and learning. Her story was only a year, but I still loved watching her transform. There were some great lessons about people. My sister might accuse Creech of telling us too much w ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, read2018
this is one of those books that I wish I’d read as a kiddo, because young!me would have appreciated it so. much. it’s a story about loneliness, and family, and travel, and friendship, and learning about yourself and the world, and it’s really beautifully told from a kid’s perspective. also every interaction re: the signs in the window is A+ quality family-ing.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I love Sharon Creech but this book was not my favorite. I feel like it was missing her signature family dynamics. I did like the setting in Switzerland at an American school. I found Dinny a likeable character I just felt she was a little bland. Still a quick read and I think actual middle graders would like this more than adults.
Gulshan Naqvee
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE BEST. It talks about SENSE of BELONGING. A sense of being from somewhere, being at somewhere and being FOR somewhere. It is extremely (informative) about human emotions! Had a great experience with the audio book. It was worth all the listening.
Melisa Thorne
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Category: Middle Grade
A middle grade book with substance! Love, separation and belonging, were portrayed in this book with a charming and refreshing narrative. Dinnie Santolina, 13, loves her family, even though her father is always in search of the next opportunity and her mother is happy to follow him. But when her brother Crick finally gets into enough trouble to go to jail and her sister Stella comes home at 16 both married and pregnant, Dinnie finds herself suddenly in Lugano Switzerland, w
Dana A. O'Dea
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I heard this book mentioned on three different podcasts recently, so I decided to check it out. It is a middle grade book set in a boarding school in Switzerland. I found it charming.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, middle-grade
Fun story. Not Newbery material like Sharon Creech’s Walk Two Moons (which I’ve not read yet), but I appreciated how she captured the TCK (third culture kid) experience. My 12yo daughter could relate :)
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't read this book for years, but I was happy to see it holds up really well! Just as good as I remember. Beautifully told coming of age story. ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good

I really like this book. It's fun to read. The only is I wish the author would have mentioned it Dinnie ever went back to the school. It seemed to end there should have been more to it.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
More of a 3.5. Still putting my thoughts together.
Ashley  Jacobson
Quick read. I enjoyed it enough, but it wasn’t nearly as magical as Creech can be. The story felt a little forced and I wondered if it might have been a true story to some extent, which is why it wasn’t as creative as my favorite, Walk Two Moons. It wasn’t until almost the end of the book that I read somewhere that Creech did have an experience in a Swiss school like this, and it all made sense.

I think it would have been more powerful to read as a middle grade student (maybe a little older and
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