A young adult graphic novel about two young men fall for each other in the bakery where they both work.
Kevin Panetta is a comic book writer. He has worked on books for properties like Steven Universe, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, and WWE. Kevin came to writing after years dedicated to comics as a reader, retailer, and convention organizer. He lives in Washington, DC, with his cool wife and two cool dogs. kevinpanetta.com Savanna Ganucheau is a comic artist living in Australia, with a BFA in film from the University of New Orleans. In addition to creating the popular webcomic George and Johnny, Savanna's artwork has appeared in notable publications including Jem and the Holograms, Adventure Time Comics, and Lumberjanes.
This is the best kind of romantic tale: innocent and unfussy,
yet overwhelming. Author Panetta's story is baked to perfection: a
crush that turns to infatuation--and later love--in the confines of
a professional kitchen bristling with hot stoves, stuffed shelves,
and perfectly shaped spanakopita. --Los Angeles Review of
Books Panetta and Ganucheau's graphic novel debut is as much a
love story between people as it is with the act of baking.
Ganucheau's art, in black ink with varying shades of blue, mixes
traditional paneling with beautiful double-page spreads of detailed
baking scenes, where the panels sometimes take on the shape of
braided loaves...A tender blend of sugary, buttery, and other
complex flavors that's baked with a tremendous dash of
heart.--Kirkus, starred review
Beautiful artwork depicts characters coping with life's increasing responsibilities and is especially sumptuous when focusing on the yummy desserts. This is both a delicious foray into the world of baking and young love and an endearing, realistic tale of two teens helping one another grow. -A fresh take on the coming-of-age story that spotlights the triumphs and travails of young people.--School Library Journal, starred review Bloom is a charming and compelling look at the first summer after high school, with the angst of choice and decision looming and the blush of first love. (Plus: there's baked goods!)--Melissa Fox, Watermark Books, Wichita KS Illustrator Ganucheau's black, white, and blue art is drawn in a simple, naturalistic style with manga-adjacent expressions that suit the story...a pleasantly diverse cast and realistically varied relationship dynamics from Panetta (Zodiac Starforce) offer a thoughtful look at how one grows into and out of relationships, with all the commensurate joy, awkwardness, and reconciliation that family and friends offer. --Publishers Weekly A quiet, earnest romance with warmth and depth. --Booklist