Bloom / written by Kevin Panetta ; artwork by Savanna Ganucheau / 2019
In this contemporary graphic novel, Bloom tells the story of love, friendship, family, and baking. As Ari reaches the end of high school with dreams of moving to the city, he is eventually left working at his family’s bakery for the summer. When Hector ends up working there, the two develop a connection that spans friendship, love, and ultimately self discovery. Bloom perfectly captures that feeling of uncertainty with what the future holds along with these pivotal experiences that we have all felt and struggled with. A light yet impactful read, Bloom hits the exact mark of reality for that transitional period between leaving your teenage years and growing into adulthood. Panetta does not shy away from the real and natural road bumps of life; Bloom is an excellent coming-of-age novel with stunning illustrations.
Bloom is available from CECH Library, as well as the OhioLINK, and Search Ohio lending networks.
Review by Alyssa Gruich, CECH Library Student Assistant | Political Science, A&S 2022