Here today with another comic recommendation!
Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau
My Edition: Paperback – 353 pages – 2019 – First Second – ISBN: 9781626726413
Ari is out of high school and ready to move to Baltimore with his friends to pursue a career with their band. But his parents need him to stay home and help out with the failing family bakery. Ari figures if he hires someone to take his place, he’ll be able to follow his dreams and not leave his parents completely stranded. Hector is in town to tidy up family affairs after the death of his grandmother and it just so happens he loves to bake. After Hector is hired, Ari finds he’s spending more and more time at the bakery, though he still dreams of moving to the city.
I’ve said it a million times, so I’m going to try to stop saying it (after I say it once more): I won’t read a comic if I don’t like the art style. The pleasant blues/teals on the cover caught my eye as I was browsing B&N and after a quick look at the art and the blurb about a MM romance, I bought it. So forevermore, if I read a comic/graphic novel, it’s because I like the art style, unless I state otherwise!
This book is a heckin’ chonker too – really feels like I’m getting my money’s worth! Also it appeared to be a one-off (and after reading it, I assume it is), which I’ve been in the mood for lately because I’m awful at finishing series.
Anyway, this book is super cute! It’s a casual MM romance that deals more with adjusting to life out of high school and figuring out what you want, and how to get it. So if you prefer your romance light, this could be a good pick for you. To be honest, I was hoping for more smooching.
Hector is adorable and talented and immediately lovable. Someone I would definitely want to be friends with. He’s clearly a very positive person and does his best to bring up those around him. Ari, on the other hand, is a prick. I’m sorry! He does have some growth at the end, but like, the very end. I really wanted to slap him. Totally a realistic character and I could understand where he was coming from, but my gourd. Hector’s too good for him.
That aside, I still loved this and would recommend it for anyone looking for a sort of slice-of-life, low-key MM romance, struggles-of-growing-up, bakery-appreciation graphic novel! There’s even a real live bread recipe in the back and a playlist. I will definitely keep my eye out for more from these two!