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3.7  ·  Rating details ·  12,967 Ratings  ·  555 Reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Having held out on having sex with her boyfriend in order to avoid making the same mistakes as her mother, Lauren's feelings on her relationship with Dave and her moral beliefs become even more complicated with the arrival of a new friend, Evan Kirkland.
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books
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Anais Stewart I didn't even finish the last chapter... I was just happy the book was ending. But I did read the last couple of pages and it was cheesy as fuckkkk
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May 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
Audrey (holes In My brain)
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Michelle Pham
Aug 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
*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.
Sep 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Princess Bookie
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kody Keplinger
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, ya
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
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Nina ♥
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
shana naomi
Jul 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nivan Mamak
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish. Main character CONSTANTLY thought about guy. LITERALLY CONSTANTLY.
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
Sarah Marie
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

3 stars

Lauren is a girl who isn’t considered to be popular, but is only popular because she is dating the ultra-perfect-popular guy in school. Lauren is full of insecurities and she only stays with her boyfriend, Dave, because it’s the right thing for her to do so she doesn’t become her mom. Then Evan Kirkland moves back. Evan’s mom used to date Lauren’s dad and they developed a close friendship and now when she sees him she can’t deny her sudden attraction to him. Even i

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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
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
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Niratisaya Niratisaya
book #2 of Ms. Scott that I read.

sejujurnya, setelah membaca Perfect You sebagai bacaan yang pertama, saya mengharapkan ada yang lebih dalam Bloom, tapi sepertinya tidak. Bahkan bisa saya katakan, Scott melangkah mundur selangkah.

oke, mungkin dia ingin menciptakan sosok Dave sebagai pacar yang sempurna, tapi rasanya dia tidak perlu mengulang2 kata 'perfect' berkali-kali saat menghubungkan Dave dengan istilah sempurna. Senyum yang sempurna, pacar yang sempurna,....

tapi di luar itu, Scott masih b
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Michelle Arrow
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, chick-lit
*Me, sitting at home, on my computer, on google, searching up "Evan Kirkland Bloom" *

Google Search Results: 2

Taken by Lauren and by Michelle!

Well hello there, my fellow bookworms, today's book is Bloom by Elizabeth Scott. I had very high expectations of this book, and I admit, my expectations were higher than expected! Boy, who'd think my mom, out of all people, has found me one of my favourite books? Well, lovelies, it's true!

What captivated me into reading this, was the cover... And the plot.
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