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Bloom    by Elizabeth Scott order for
by Elizabeth Scott
Order:  USA  Can
Pulse, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Lauren isn't popular, but her boyfriend is, which makes her the most envied girl in school. As her junior year begins, she can't believe she's been going out with Dave for six months. Dave is perfect thoughtful, sweet, smart, a football hero and sure to be the homecoming king their senior year.

At first Lauren worried that they wouldn't last, but Dave is talking about their future together. His parents were high school sweethearts and they seem to take it for granted that she and Dave are going to be together forever. Since he takes his religion seriously, Dave is celibate so their lovemaking stops before it gets too serious.

Lauren enjoys being almost popular and basks in Dave's attention, but she worries that their relationship is lacking. On the first day of school Lauren runs into Evan Kirkland, a friend from her childhood who moved away when her dad dumped his mother. From across the classroom and before she speaks to him, Lauren's feelings for Evan are stronger than her feelings for Dave even when he kisses her.

Lauren wants to do the right thing, but what will make her happy? In Bloom, Elizabeth Scott has written a sweet, satisfying love story.

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