Delicate, and moving, Bloom is the coming-of-age story of a young man named Ari who is seeking something more in life, and of Hector, who is looking to find more stability. On his own, Ari struggles to realize that his dream may not in fact be his dream, and that his dissatisfaction at working at his parent's bakery may stem from factors other than disliking the job. On his own, Hector has sought a bit of solitude after the loss of his grandma and a failed relationship. Then when meet, they bloom. Hector's passion for baking, and maturity captures the heart of Ari, while, Ari's cute awkwardness and earnest nature, attracts Hector's. This graphic novel slowly builds their bond, and some last minute drama tests it, but there is also a good amount of time spent on their relationships with friends and family.... and also baking. The illustrator draws moments of baking in a sensory style. These are wordless moments, where panels lose their box-like forms to flow and elicit the sense of a shared blissful moment. This is just one of those heartwarming reads that stays with you.

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