Summary: Lauren has the life any high schooler would want: popular friends and the guy all the girls dream about. But while she tries to push away her unhappiness in hopes of obtaining the perfect life, everything changes when someone from her past appears in her history class.
As soon as I finished this book, I texted Magan: “I think I wrote this book my senior year of high school.” I’m serious. I was feeling lukewarm about Scott after reading Stealing Heaven a few months ago, and I’m so glad I decided to read Bloom next. I was not disappointed. Not at all.
Here’s the thing. You are in a relationship. It is deemed perfect on the outside. The person seems perfect on the outside and you just feel stuck. Your needs are not getting met. You meet someone else, or reunite with them in Lauren’s case and bam. You just cannot deny you are unhappy with your current situation anymore and you just want to be swept away.
Immediately I thought of:
1. Jo Dee Messina lyric: “Oh, one day you get what you want / But it’s not what you think / Then you get what you need.
2. When Dawson’s super cool aunt tells Joey about meeting someone that makes her feel alive and making a hard decision. (Yes, I take Dawson’s Creek lessons to heart.)
I feel pretty bad for Lauren. She likes to read and play the clarinet in jazz band but she feels the need to keep both of these a secret because of the group that she is involved with in school. That’s a lot of pressure. Not to mention, pretending everything is perfect in your relationship and at home when you dad is never even around to have dinner with.
Bloom does a great job of accurately painting Lauren’s insecurities (even though I wish she would just admit who she is and what she likes); even the development of the secondary characters is well done. At times when Scott could have ventured into cliches, she didn’t. All I can say is: yay. The chemistry between Lauren and Evan is intense and all- encompassing.
Most of all, I liked how Scott wrote Lauren as a character who was concerned she was repeating the mistakes of her parents. It’s the reason she sort of stayed still and didn’t make any rash moves. She played it safe. It’s amazing how much pressure she put on herself, even without the help of her parents.
I was left wondering though: did Evan really have to be a character from her past? One way or another, they were sort of siblings at some point. Would the story have progressed any differently if he was just some new guy in class?
You tell me. Add this book to your to-read list. Please?