Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bloom- Elizabeth Scott

I know this already has a post, but since it was my second book for the YA Romance Challenge, I will post mine anyway.

When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be like every other teen book. Granted, some parts are very similar, but there were many twists that kept me engaged in this book.

Lauren, a high school senior, has the perfect boyfriend, Dave. They have been dating for over a year and everything seems perfect. He's popular, gorgeous, he respects her, he takes her to church, and his family loves everything about her. The truth though, Lauren believes she is far from perfect. She knows she doesn't deserve someone like Dave. She also begins to feel bored with the relationship they have. She doesn't know what's missing, until she finally experiences something new, and that something new is Evan, a guy from her past.

The book is also about friendship. Her relationship with Katie, her "so-called" best friend, doesn't really know anything about Lauren's life. It's not her fault though; Lauren just can't bring herself to tell Katie how she really feels about Dave, or about the problems she has with her family. Also, Lauren feels like they don't have anything in common, other than the fact that they both have boyfriends. Then Gail, a girl in her music class, comes into the picture, and Lauren begins to open up and tries to be friends with someone she actually has something in common with: the love of music.

This book is a tale all about relationships: friendship, love, and family, and it definitely is different from any book I've read. Elizabeth Scott has a way with words that not only keeps the reader engaged, but also helps relate to the characters, by showing not only their positives, but also their flaws. By the end of the book, you will be able to relate to Lauren, even if nothing like this has ever happened in your life. You feel her emotions and her struggles and you know how hard it is for her to do the right thing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has had to choose between what may seem right and what really is right.

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