I’ve been following Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau around the Internet for a couple years now, so when I learn that Panetta (along with Ganucheau’s sister) was working on a graphic novel, the hype was real. Bloom finally came out, and I’m so glad to have read it!
Aristotle (Ari) just graduated high school, and he’s ready to get out of East Beach. He works at his family’s bakery, but he wants to move to Baltimore with his band, to do bigger things. Since the bakery is just manned by himself and his parents, Ari needs to find a replacement before he can even consider moving.
Hector is in East Beach because his Nana passed away. He’s staying in her house for the summer so he can clean it out and prepare it to be sold. Instead of sulking about the house, he applies to work at the bakery.
This is a romance book, so romance definitely comes in to play. Seeing the relationship of Ari and Hector change from acquaintances to coworkers to friends to maybe more is really great. Ari is super adorable, and Hector is a precious perfect angel. I loved reading about them so much!
One thing that can not be overlooked is Savanna Ganucheau’s art. She did an amazing job with a limited blue palette. She also absolutely nailed people’s facial expressions, and there were gorgeous flowers in many frames. I was also blown away by her splashes.
I adored reading Bloom. I can not recommend it enough, and I hope you get your hands on it soon! I got my copy at Barnes and Noble, but you can also order it from Amazon, and get it just about anywhere books are sold!
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