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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Original edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416926836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416926832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—In a style reminiscent of the work of Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti, Scott tells the story of Lauren, a not-so-popular high school junior who is dating the secretly celibate most popular boy in school. Without warning, Evan, the loner son of her distant father's former live-in girlfriend, returns to town and stirs up confusing emotions for Lauren, who once believed that a popular boyfriend was all she needed to secure happiness. Soon, she invents extra band-practice time as an excuse to avoid her boyfriend, her super-stressed best friend, and her empty house, and spends more time with the decidedly not celibate Evan. While the setup is fairly standard fare for YA romances, Lauren's inner conflict over her affair with Evan, and the various lies surrounding it, rings true, and the novel has enough drama to keep readers interested.—Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA
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"Finely drawn, honest, sweet and charming, Bloom is like getting a beautifully wrapped gift -- it's lovely to start with and just gets better as you tear into it."

-- Michele Jaffe, author of Bad Kitty

More About the Author

Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I've had a bunch of jobs over the years--I've sold pantyhose, hardware, and once spent three days burning cds during the dot.com boom (worst. job. ever.)--but hands down, writing is the best! You can read lots more about my books at my website, http://www.elizabethwrites.com

Customer Reviews

The supporting characters were great as well.
Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
Overall, this book has a good story plot and the pace is just right.
Book worm
Her best friend is Katie who is dating Dave's best friend Marcus.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Lauren's life seems almost perfect at first. She's got a perfect boyfriend, Dave. She's not struggling with school. She's got an awesome best friend, Katie. She doesn't really fight with her father. Her life is good. Safe, but good.

She's not happy, though. Lauren doesn't know why, but her life doesn't seem like all it's cracked up to be. Neither does her relationship with Dave, who may be just a little bit too perfect. She finds a chance to make herself happy when Evan Kirkland comes to town, but is she ready to let go and take the plunge? Is Lauren ready to leave her safe, boring life behind for the passion and happiness that she sees with Evan? She's not sure. She has, after all, struggled not to be like her mother, who let herself run away to pursue what she wanted even though it meant leaving her husband and young daughter behind. But does being who she, Lauren, wants to be have to mean sacrificing her happiness just to make the choice everyone else seems to think is right?

BLOOM is a beautiful, powerful love story, a wonderful coming-of-age story, and most of all just an amazing novel told in Lauren's fresh, funny, and distinctive voice. Lauren is a strong, likeable character, and she is not the only three-dimensional character in the story--they are all fantastic. Fantastic is also a good word to describe BLOOM itself. Elizabeth Scott is a wonderful writer, and this brilliant novel makes me very excited to see what this author will write next!

Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on June 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Girl dates boy. Boy likes girl. Girl likes other boy. Drama ensues.

So goes the basic storyline of Elizabeth Scott's debut novel, BLOOM. But watch out, readers, there's a bit more heft to the story than meets the eye.

Seventeen-year-old Lauren appears to be a typical teen queen bee. She's popular, she's pretty, and she's dating Dave, the cutest boy in school. Her best friend, Katie, is dating Marcus, Dave's best bud, and the four make an enviable team --- or so it seems.

It turns out that Lauren is on the fence about her life these days, and she doesn't know quite what to do about it. She's tired of going home to an empty house --- what with her father practically living at the office after screwing up yet another relationship (her mom left them a long time ago). She is exasperated by Katie's inane banter (usually involving shopping or nail polish or Marcus). Worst of all, she's beyond exhausted with appearing "perfect."

The more time she spends with all-American Dave and his cookie-cutter family, the more she realizes that she's not the person he thinks she is. She doesn't want to go to college close to home so she can be with him; she loathes the idea of having sex with him (he's more religious than most, hence the chastity); and she longs to connect with a boy who she can actually be real with and passionate about, rather than be seen as some adored girl on a pedestal.

So, when bad boy Evan Kirkland shows up at school after a long absence, Lauren is beyond shocked. Especially because he's the son of one his father's ex-girlfriends --- and super hot. When he and Evan eventually reconnect, the sparks are undeniable and Lauren must choose between going after her unfulfilled desires with Evan and staying safe (and bored) with Dave.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nian on January 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
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. Although, to be honest, I couldn't force myself to finish it, and I had about 60 pages left. I don't think I liked anything about it. Nada. But I'll give props for this being published. Really, I wonder how books get their deal--some novels I've read in the past could have passed as sloppy writing from a 6th grader.

Characters. Lauren is whiny times a hundred. Overboard. She's always complaining about this or that--yes, teenagers do that, but I have an incredibly hard time sympathizing with her about anything. It's like her story is so, so forced. I don't know how to explain it, but I feel like her problems are just fake, and everything that she's going through is fake. I know it isn't, but that's just how I feel when I read the book. Especially when Lauren's detailing Dave's perfection. There, I notice the repetition again.

Since I read Perfect You first, I noticed that Scott likes to repeat things over and over again, and it's no different here. Line 1: Dave is perfect in every way. Three pages later, Line 2: Dave is smiling that perfect smile of his. Two more pages later, Line 3: Dave even has straight, perfect teeth! The stress on Dave's perfection drives me crazy. How can anyone be that perfect?
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