Kicking off Elizabeth Scott Week, we have Paula from The Phantom Paragrapher reviewing Elizabeth Scott's first novel, Bloom!
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
Pages: 231 Publisher: Simon Pulse Published: April 24th, 2007 IBSN: 9781416926832
There's a difference between falling and letting go.
Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl lusts after. So why is she so unhappy?
It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: She's been holding back. She's been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the "right" thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect boyfriend?
But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can't see herself in -- and as Lauren's craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce -- Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice...before one is made for her.
Lauren, it seems that over the past summer her life has gone from Miss Invisible to Miss Popular as when her friend Jane moves away , Lauren starts a library job with fellow Popular student Katie and soon the two girls are hanging out and being bff's for life. If that wasn't enough, Lauren has the perfect boyfriend , Dave who is on the football team, handsome , gets straight A's etc. Though of course, for Lauren life with Dave takes no risks as he comes from a strict Christian background. All is going well for Lauren , until on the first day of school she gets a blast from the past - Evan Kirkland. His mum Mary and Lauren's dad used to date when they were eight years old. Life is about to get a tad interesting for Lauren , as she soon discovers that she has no classes with Dave but plenty with Evan and soon we read as Lauren starts to contemplate whether her life is with Dave or not, especially when he starts to discuss their future life together - it seems the more Dave discusses their future, the more her thoughts wander towards Evan . Is Lauren ready to give up all that she has built for a life with Evan or will she stick to the status quo and stay Miss Popular with the All Mighty Dave ? Find out more in Bloom - which as the title suggests we see Lauren start to Bloom like a Flower Bud. A great read for all fans of Elizabeth Scott's.
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