young adult / graphic novel
A sweetly satisfying love story set in a small beach-side bakery, Bloom follows Ari, a young man keen to leave his family’s struggling business and make it big in the city with his band. When easygoing Hector joins the staff and brings his love of baking to the job, Ari begins to see it might not be so bad to spend his summer selling the Kyrkos Family Bakery’s Famous Sourdough Rolls. The illustration style is soft and dynamic, with a lot of details like playlists and room layouts included, so you can really settle into the story. There’s some trouble and misunderstanding, but just enough to be tied up neatly by the end, and I really liked the pacing of Ari and Hector’s slowly unfolding love, along with the ebb and flow of teenage friendships and rivalries. If you’ve finished up Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper and crave a similar book, this is just right.
First Second 2019