May 7th, 2007

Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell, knowing

Interview: Elizabeth Scott

When Elizabeth Scott was a teenager, she did not yet plan on becoming a writer. She did not know exactly what career she would pursue once she was out of high school. What she did know was that she didn't want to live in the middle of nowhere.

Years later, all grown up and having had a variety of jobs, Elizabeth found herself writing a novel about a girl who is searching for something more. In BLOOM, Lauren finds herself stuck in a kind of emotional limbo. I suppose you could say that she too is in the middle of nowhere. ( Read my full-length book review. )

Spring has sprung, BLOOM is in stores, and Elizabeth is hanging out at Bildungsroman. Collapse )

Read my reviews of Elizabeth's novels, including Bloom, Perfect You, Stealing Heaven, and The Unwritten Rule.

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Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

I guess I kept hoping some kind of miracle would happen. It wasn't even like I was asking for a big one.

So begins BLOOM, the story of Lauren, who finds herself stuck in an emotional limbo. She's not depressed, but she's not happy either. She feels as if she is missing something. But what? She likes playing the clarinet and working at the library. She gets good grades. She gets along with her father - well, pretty much - who has gone through a succession of girlfriends since her mother left a decade ago, when Lauren was six. She has a great boyfriend, Dave, but she feels like she doesn't deserve him. She has a best friend, Katie, whom she tunes when she starts talking about her own drama.

Then Evan comes into her life. More accurately, he comes back into her life. When they were eight years old, their parents dated, but like all of her father's relationships, it didn't end well. Evan and Lauren haven't seen each other since. His unexpected appearance in her class initially shakes Lauren up, but gradually, they become friends again - then more.

In both her dialogue and her internal monologue, Lauren's voice is honest, even raw at times. This is a great attribute to both the story and the character, whose biggest concerns are the deception she is carrying on and the confusion she is muddling through. She feels like there's a huge difference between who she is and who her boyfriend and her classmates think she is. As soon as she realizes what she does want, it is then that she stops feeling so scared, and starts becoming her own person. It is then that she can bloom.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Read Chapter One of Bloom. (PDF file)

Check out my interview with Elizabeth Scott and read my reviews of her other novels, including Perfect You, Stealing Heaven, and The Unwritten Rule.