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Life is full of surprises in a winning novel about a girl dreaming big during one unexpected small-town summer.When seventeen-year-old aspiring designer Tahira Janmohammad’s coveted fashion internship falls through, her parents have a Plan B. Tahira will work in her aunt’s boutique in the small town of Bakewell, the flower capital of Ontario. It’s only for the summer, and Life is full of surprises in a winning novel about a girl dreaming big during one unexpected small-town summer.When seventeen-year-old aspiring designer Tahira Janmohammad’s coveted fashion internship falls through,


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Life is full of surprises in a winning novel about a girl dreaming big during one unexpected small-town summer.When seventeen-year-old aspiring designer Tahira Janmohammad’s coveted fashion internship falls through, her parents have a Plan B. Tahira will work in her aunt’s boutique in the small town of Bakewell, the flower capital of Ontario. It’s only for the summer, and Life is full of surprises in a winning novel about a girl dreaming big during one unexpected small-town summer.When seventeen-year-old aspiring designer Tahira Janmohammad’s coveted fashion internship falls through, her parents have a Plan B. Tahira will work in her aunt’s boutique in the small town of Bakewell, the flower capital of Ontario. It’s only for the summer, and she’ll get the experience she needs for her college application. Plus her best friend is coming along. It won’t be that bad.But she just can’t deal with Rowan Johnston, the rude, totally obsessive garden-nerd next door with frayed cutoffs and terrible shoes. Not to mention his sharp jawline, smoldering eyes, and soft lips. So irritating. Rowan is also just the plant-boy Tahira needs to help win the Bakewell flower-arranging contest—an event that carries clout in New York City, of all places. And with designers, of all people. Connections that she needs!No one is more surprised than Tahira to learn that floral design is almost as great as fashion design. And Rowan? Turns out he’s more than ironic shirts and soil under the fingernails. Tahira’s about to find out what she’s really made of—and made for. Because here in the middle of nowhere, Tahira is just beginning to bloom.

24 review for Tahira in Bloom

  1. 4 out of 5

    nitya

    - brown girls being badass and doing the arts!!!- pride and prejudice vibes- interracial relationships where the (male) love interest isn't white!!- dislike to friends to lovers- strong female friendships - small town in Canada setting- cottagecore vibes- LGBTQA+ representation- the author wrote this for her daughter 🥺🥰If you like any (or all) of these things, read this book!!!!Content warning: bullying, racism (microaggressions), cheating (by side character) - brown girls being badass and doing the arts!!!- pride and prejudice vibes- interracial relationships where the (male) love interest isn't white!!- dislike to friends to lovers- strong female friendships - small town in Canada setting- cottagecore vibes- LGBTQA+ representation- the author wrote this for her daughter 🥺🥰If you like any (or all) of these things, read this book!!!!Content warning: bullying, racism (microaggressions), cheating (by side character)

  2. 5 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    4.5/5Farah Heron is one of my favorite adult romance authors so I leapt the chance to read her YA debut. Tahira In Bloom was as lovely as that stunning cover. Words can’t express how much I loved it so this review is going to be difficult but as always, I shall try!A FASHION DESIGNER MEETS A PLANT NERDI feel like all you should know about Tahira In Bloom is that it’s a coming-of-age story featuring an adorable dislike-to-friendship-to-love romance between an aspiring fashion designer/influencer 4.5/5Farah Heron is one of my favorite adult romance authors so I leapt the chance to read her YA debut. Tahira In Bloom was as lovely as that stunning cover. Words can’t express how much I loved it so this review is going to be difficult but as always, I shall try!A FASHION DESIGNER MEETS A PLANT NERDI feel like all you should know about Tahira In Bloom is that it’s a coming-of-age story featuring an adorable dislike-to-friendship-to-love romance between an aspiring fashion designer/influencer and a grumpy garden nerd. I’m a romance-fiend, so I read this for the romance, but it wound up being even more special because of Tahira’s characterization and her story arc.Tahira is eager to start an internship with one of her fashion designing inspirations when it unfortunately falls through. She and her parents come up with a second plan for her to work her magic on her aunt’s failing boutique in a small, flower-obsessed town. The main goal is for her to achieve just the experience she needs for her college application, but it ends up being an even more transformative journey for her.AN INSPIRING JOURNEYI adored Tahira. She’s hardworking, goal-oriented, and truly just loves fashion. She wants to change the fashion world with her elaborate and creative designs and that passion shines through the pages of Tahira in Bloom. Besides her intelligence, her good heart also makes her entirely too lovable. She has no problem admitting when she’s in the wrong. The summer is quite the learning experience for her as she learns about where her true passions lie, how to deal with family pressure, and how there isn’t just a single path for her to fulfill her dreams.WHERE WAS MY SOFT AND KIND-HEARTED PLANT NERD?I’m sure you all want to know about the plant nerd I mentioned in the intro of this review. Friends, where was my plant nerd when I was in high-school??? Rowan is a rude grump at first meeting, but he just does has misconceptions about influencers. So he and Tahira get off on the wrong foot. I loved Rowan as much as I loved Tahira. He has a heart of gold and is gentle and soft when he does open up.I loved how their relationship evolved, especially in the friendship stage as Rowan and Tahira team-up to take part in a flower arranging competition. Farah Heron brings romance and swoon to every interaction of theirs through heartfelt conversations to romantic stargazing evenings with all the shared touches. It’s wonderful and definitely appealed to the romance fan in me. Alsooooo, there was a secondary sapphic romance between Rowan’s sister, Juniper, and a certain long-time friend that had my heart FULL.THE UGLINESS OF HUMANITYFarah Heron also explores friendships in Tahira in Bloom and I loved how she weaved in both toxic and joyous positive friendships. There are also important discussions on racism and racial microaggressions throughout the book. Both Tahira and Rowan and his family face the ugly sides of humanity as they are Muslim and Black, respectively. I won’t say too much about them but they are handled with care and a lot of truthfulness as I’ve come to expect from the author.I could go on and on about this book. I haven’t even touched how fascinating the flower arranging contest was but I figure I should leave some of that for all of you to read. Tahira in Bloom is a heartfelt and swoon-worthy read full of romance, friendship, and flowers. It’s not to be missed!Content notes: Discussions of racism, racial microaggressions, bullying, mean girlsRelationship disclosure: Farah Heron and I are mutuals on social media.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    Ambitious and adorable. More of a coming-of-age than a dislike-to-love romance, but equally inspiring and heartfelt. Tahira dreams of a career in fashion and the premier fashion school in NYC fits her enthusiastic plan. But when her perfect summer internship falls through, she ends up working in her aunt’s boutique in a small town of Ontario. Despite her best friend’s company on this summer trip, she can’t have the best time of her life because a) that boutique is lame and b) that grumpy neig Ambitious and adorable. More of a coming-of-age than a dislike-to-love romance, but equally inspiring and heartfelt. Tahira dreams of a career in fashion and the premier fashion school in NYC fits her enthusiastic plan. But when her perfect summer internship falls through, she ends up working in her aunt’s boutique in a small town of Ontario. Despite her best friend’s company on this summer trip, she can’t have the best time of her life because a) that boutique is lame and b) that grumpy neighbour Rowan is annoying her with his judgements. Rowan is rude but handsome and completely opposite to Tahira; he’s disinterested in fashion and very much interested in plants. She, on the other hand, is allergic to flowers. When a flower-arranging contest demands them to pair up—because Tahira believes this would win her a ticket to NYC, the fashion capital—she must find a way to work with Rowan. And so it begins: a romance that gradually builds on mutual respect as the two secretly admire each other but must keep up their enmity as two strong-egotistical characters.With a focus on Indian parents passing down their gene of ambition and young dreams, an exploration of faith and religious practice, an interracial relationship, the pressures of social media, racial prejudice, and finding true friendships, this YA debut proves to be as entertaining and nuanced as Heron’s adult rom-com Accidentally Engaged .↳ if you wish to support: blog | ko-fi | twitter 17.04.2021 already invested when the mc is a south asian muslim but the author says it has 'fashion, flowers, friends' so I'm even more interested and not just because this promo line has alliteration.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darcey

    ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review.4 ADORABLE STARSThree Minute Thoughts:Tahira in Bloom was positively squeal-worthy adorable, while also overflowing with meaningful messages on racism in modern America, and learning to discover and fight for your goals in life. Farah Heron crafted a beautifully-written story on summer romances and long-lasting friendships, rich with desi parents, South Asian culture and the mistakes and miracles of b ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review.4 ADORABLE STARSThree Minute Thoughts:Tahira in Bloom was positively squeal-worthy adorable, while also overflowing with meaningful messages on racism in modern America, and learning to discover and fight for your goals in life. Farah Heron crafted a beautifully-written story on summer romances and long-lasting friendships, rich with desi parents, South Asian culture and the mistakes and miracles of being young! I loved every moment of this.The Extended, Long, and Very-Probably-Messy Review:I really enjoyed this book! I’ve been meaning to find a good contemporary romance to fill my heart with giggles and smiles, and this absolutely nailed it, with the added plus of desi rep, flowers and fashion design!Tahira was a woman on a mission, and I loved it. Her character was strong and pushed through trials and tribulations that threatened to uproot the Plan to become a part of the fashion industry, and I really enjoyed her goal-driven personality, where she knew what she wanted and how to work towards it. Her meet-cute with Rowan was hilarious and the perfect way to set them off on their adorable enemies-to-lovers spiral, and Rowan himself was equally incredible, and just as focused on reaching his goals in life, which I loved.“Thanks to them I’d had grit, determination, and Asian ambition bred into me since birth.”(This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader’s copy.)The side characters were equally realistic and easy to imagine, and I loved sweet Juniper’s innocent but brave character, and even the little glimpses of Tahira’s sister. The sapphic relationship woven into the story alongside our main couple was so cute, and I also loved the more-serious but equally essential themes of racism and Islamaphobia.Oh, and the romance! Tahira and Rowan were simply the sweetest little pair, and I loved their development from mild enemies to friends to… more. They had their troubles, as all couples do, but they came out the other side stronger, and were so honest and real with one another, which I loved.“Your art, passion, your brilliance. I will always be drawn to the brightest light in the universe. It’s inevitable.”(This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader’s copy.)All-round, I’m so glad I was accepted to receive this ARC, and I loved every moment of the book! I’ll definitely have to check out more of Farah Heron’s books, and I wholeheartedly thank the author, publisher and NetGalley for the free copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fafa's Book Corner

    Mini review:Trigger warning(s): None till the point I read. Rep: Tahira is an Indian Muslim. Rowan is Black. Juniper is Black.DNFI was so excited to read this book! It had everything I look for in a book. Plus the flower aspect sounded so cool. Unfortunately I didn't like it.The beginning was fine, but as I read on I realized that I wasn't actually interested in the story. I didn't care about any of the characters. What grated me the most was Rowan who kept on calling Tahira 'thirst trap'. That Mini review:Trigger warning(s): None till the point I read. Rep: Tahira is an Indian Muslim. Rowan is Black. Juniper is Black.DNFI was so excited to read this book! It had everything I look for in a book. Plus the flower aspect sounded so cool. Unfortunately I didn't like it.The beginning was fine, but as I read on I realized that I wasn't actually interested in the story. I didn't care about any of the characters. What grated me the most was Rowan who kept on calling Tahira 'thirst trap'. That was just disgusting! I could not for the life of me imagine them as a couple.I do still recommend. It just wasn't for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅

    -A South Asian MC-Stunning cover-Muslim repMy desi heart is so happy rn!

  7. 5 out of 5

    SincerelyTahiry

    2.75 rounded up to a 3. I read this with my Muslim book club and it was Cringey for the most part. Dialogue was very YA circa 2014. There isn’t any Muslim rep in case u were wondering LOL. Shawty mentioned going to the masjid only twice and that’s also the only time prayer was mentioned. There were a lot of moments where the author could’ve made the character grow and correct previous behavior but alas that didn’t happen. The influencer aspect was annoying as hell too. And this is coming from an 2.75 rounded up to a 3. I read this with my Muslim book club and it was Cringey for the most part. Dialogue was very YA circa 2014. There isn’t any Muslim rep in case u were wondering LOL. Shawty mentioned going to the masjid only twice and that’s also the only time prayer was mentioned. There were a lot of moments where the author could’ve made the character grow and correct previous behavior but alas that didn’t happen. The influencer aspect was annoying as hell too. And this is coming from an influencer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid CoverTahira in Bloom by Farah Heron is a story about fashion and flowers that will leave readers with a smile. As a fan of both of these forms of design, I loved reading about Tahira’s summer in the flower capital of Ontario, and she is a strong and confident main character as well. Balancing humour and heartfelt moments with more serious topics, this is a charming contemporary that I would definitely recommend.When the designer Tahira was planning on interning with ov Full Review on The Candid CoverTahira in Bloom by Farah Heron is a story about fashion and flowers that will leave readers with a smile. As a fan of both of these forms of design, I loved reading about Tahira’s summer in the flower capital of Ontario, and she is a strong and confident main character as well. Balancing humour and heartfelt moments with more serious topics, this is a charming contemporary that I would definitely recommend.When the designer Tahira was planning on interning with over the summer breaks her leg, Tahira’s only alternative is to spend the summer in the flower capital of Ontario, helping out with her aunt’s clothing store. When she arrives in Bakewell, Tahira is appalled by the town’s inescapable flower theme, and the frustrating and unfashionable gardener who lives next door. However, when Tahira learns about a flower arranging contest that might give her a shot at meeting one of her favourite designers in New York, she decides to give floral design a chance, even if it means teaming up with the irritating flower boy to make her dreams a reality.❀ CONFIDENT MAIN CHARACTERI loved Tahira’s character, and she is so confident. She’s passionate about fashion and willing to do whatever it takes to follow her dreams of being a designer, and I enjoyed the way she learns to explore alternative pathways for her future. What I especially appreciated about Tahira is the way she is portrayed as an influencer, not as someone shallow as is normally the case in books about influencers, but as someone hoping to share her talent with the world. Tahira’s social media presence has the power to launch her career in fashion, and I loved seeing social media finally being portrayed as something to be taken seriously.❀ SPOTLIGHT ON DESIGNOne of my favourite elements of the book is its spotlight on two forms of design, fashion and flower arranging. Throughout the book, there are beautiful descriptions of Tahira’s styling as well as elaborate flower arrangements, and I enjoyed the way the two are portrayed as not so different. Through Tahira’s experiences, there is also commentary on racism in the fashion industry and important discussions about the way marginalized designers are forced to work harder to gain visibility. The integration of these themes makes the story even more well rounded.❀ COMFORTING STORYTahira in Bloom by Farah Heron is a comforting story about following your dreams. I adored the inclusion of both fashion and flowers, and the main character’s drive is inspiring to read about. While this is a cute and upbeat story, there are also discussions about more serious topics, such as racism in the fashion industry, which make this one a both heartwarming and thought-provoking read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    kate

    There is something so satisfying when the contents of a book is as gorgeous as its cover and this book happily falls into that category. Not only is it a brilliantly written enemies-to-lovers romance with depth, it's also got flowers, character growth in each of its multilayered and loveable characters, casual bi and pan rep, discussions on racial prejudice in the fashion industry and society in general (specifically towards South Asian and Black communities) and so much more. This was just a re There is something so satisfying when the contents of a book is as gorgeous as its cover and this book happily falls into that category. Not only is it a brilliantly written enemies-to-lovers romance with depth, it's also got flowers, character growth in each of its multilayered and loveable characters, casual bi and pan rep, discussions on racial prejudice in the fashion industry and society in general (specifically towards South Asian and Black communities) and so much more. This was just a really, really great YA contemporary read.TW: discussion of racism

  10. 5 out of 5

    julianna ➹

    please look at this cover. thank you

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Z

    Let me start by saying I absolutely love chapter titles. They are completely underutilized. I am happy to report Farah Heron has some of the best chapter titles around. After every chapter was completed, I went back to the title and was like "ahhh, brilliant" Thank you Farah Heron for going the extra mile. It was not wasted on me. Now onto the book. This is my first YA Rom-Com and it set the bar high. VERY HIGH. It is:Adorable 🥰Laugh out loud funny 😂 Makes me believe anything is possible 💞Tahira Let me start by saying I absolutely love chapter titles. They are completely underutilized. I am happy to report Farah Heron has some of the best chapter titles around. After every chapter was completed, I went back to the title and was like "ahhh, brilliant" Thank you Farah Heron for going the extra mile. It was not wasted on me. Now onto the book. This is my first YA Rom-Com and it set the bar high. VERY HIGH. It is:Adorable 🥰Laugh out loud funny 😂 Makes me believe anything is possible 💞Tahira, a high school student, dreams of a career in fashion with her sights set on the premier fashion school in NYC. When her perfect summer internship falls through, she ends up in small town Ontario working in her aunt's lame boutique.Even though her best friend is coming with, she cannot have a good time with that grumpy neighbor Rowan, who judges her every move. Unfortunately, they are going to need to forgo their animosity to join forces to compete in a flower competition to win a coveted trip to NYC which would give Tahira the chance to hob nob with a fashion icon. In true enemies to lovers fashion, the dialogue is hilarious. The YA component keeps it solidly PG-13 (or less), with plenty of fade to black moments. Just one 🌶️ on the spice-o-meter, and that's just perfect. It also covers racism, cultural expectations and stereotypes, heavy topics covered very well. I loved the diverse cast of characters, as well as the amazing personalities, especially Rowan's younger sister, Juniper, who had the innocence I wish we all still had in us from time to time. These characters will stay with me for a long time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ivy♡

    a south asian muslim mc ?? also this one has the prettiest cover ever ahhhh

  13. 4 out of 5

    rein [[iM aN aLlY]]

    I keep thinking about this bookI need it. Now.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    I recently read and loved Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron, so I couldn't help but jump at the chance to read and review her new YA novel Tahira in Bloom. While I didn't love Tahira *quite* as much, I still loved it just the same and this was a fun and informative read! It has a little bit of romance in it but overall, I would describe it as contemporary fiction and of course, it is young adult which I used to read all the time but have been slacking on the past couple of years. The cover of I recently read and loved Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron, so I couldn't help but jump at the chance to read and review her new YA novel Tahira in Bloom. While I didn't love Tahira *quite* as much, I still loved it just the same and this was a fun and informative read! It has a little bit of romance in it but overall, I would describe it as contemporary fiction and of course, it is young adult which I used to read all the time but have been slacking on the past couple of years. The cover of this book is gorgeous, and I can tell you the inside is just as great. I loved Tahira as a character, and her wanting to be a fashion designer and then ending up working at her aunt's boutique while dealing with flowers (she is allergic) was a nice touch. I was also able to relate to Rowan as far as how he feels about plants and nature. And of course, it has a nicely diverse cast which is always a plus!The audiobook for Tahira in Bloom is also quite lovely and narrated by Anita Kalathara for those of you who might be interested. She was perfection as the voice of Tahira and I loved every second of her narration. The only thing I will say that is disappointing about the audiobook is that it doesn't include the acknowledgments. I know not everyone reads those, but I ALWAYS do, and you will definitely want to for this book to get the reason Heron had for writing it. It was adorable and I love when an author includes something personal about themselves in their acknowledgments section. This falls into the enemies-to-lovers trope for the romance aspect which I really enjoy, and even though Tahira and Rowan were perfect for each other from the beginning - it takes them a moment to get there. Tahira also grows a decent amount by the end, and I love that she was able to find herself and what she wanted in the end. Overall, this was super cute and fun while also being a little serious and is the perfect YA contemporary/romance whether you are a young adult or not! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yogaa Lakshmi

    First of, the cover looks awesome and appropriate for the novel. I immediately fell in love with it and clicked the 'Request' button on NetGalley.Tahira has her future all planned out, right from when she was seven years old. Get into an amazing fashion internship, keep designing for portfolio, increase social media influence and get in to the dream college in New York. But when a parakeet disrupts her perfect plan, she is left with no other choice but to go to Bakewell, where everything is flow First of, the cover looks awesome and appropriate for the novel. I immediately fell in love with it and clicked the 'Request' button on NetGalley.Tahira has her future all planned out, right from when she was seven years old. Get into an amazing fashion internship, keep designing for portfolio, increase social media influence and get in to the dream college in New York. But when a parakeet disrupts her perfect plan, she is left with no other choice but to go to Bakewell, where everything is flowery and gain fashion experience by working in her aunt's boutique. Not only did she have to deal with working at the simple boutique and living in a tiny house made of pine, but also the rude grumpy garden nerd next door. The writing style is simple, easy to understand and laugh-out-loud humorous at places. The setting of Bakewell, the flower capital of Ontario, is wonderfully described. The characters were diverse- both in terms of personality and representation. There's representation of South Asian Muslim, Black, Pansexual and Bi. I loved how toxic friends were identified and how the mc realized it. I also liked the lovely way in which passion for art is described!The desi-parent thing- the parents being totally supportive of their kids' ambition was totally unrelatable for me. I am an Indian (if you don't know that already), and I totally know the real 'desi parenting'- no matter what your ambitions are or where your interests lie, you are expected to become a doctor or engineer. You are not supposed to choose even your parents' profession (if they are not a doctor or engineer). I wish Rowan was more of a normal looking guy than a drop-dead-gorgeous guy. I keep telling myself while reading fantasy that, may be, the laws of nature in that world doesn't work the same way. I seriously feel that YA books, at least Contemporary, should have representation of not-so-gorgeous, not-so-perfect people. I also sometimes felt that the main character was too self-centered and a bit judgy but her character development in the second half of the book does solve some of that.Overall, Tahira in Bloom is a quick, satisfying read that shows that life does not always go on as planned and is full of surprises. I thank NetGalley and Skyscape for giving me this wonderful opportunity to read and review Tahira in Bloom. All opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Velez Diodonet

    "Art. Culture. Breathtaking beauty. You reminded me that I needed all that in my life, and that little bit of discomfort when something is new is worth it." Tahira in Bloom by Farah Heron was a sweet surprise. I thought it was going to be just a fluffy read but it was so much more. It was refreshing to see young people make mistakes and take full accountability. I loved how important communication and compromise were in the friendships and romantic relationships. I also loved that it showed that "Art. Culture. Breathtaking beauty. You reminded me that I needed all that in my life, and that little bit of discomfort when something is new is worth it." Tahira in Bloom by Farah Heron was a sweet surprise. I thought it was going to be just a fluffy read but it was so much more. It was refreshing to see young people make mistakes and take full accountability. I loved how important communication and compromise were in the friendships and romantic relationships. I also loved that it showed that art comes in many forms, including flowers. Even though this book was essentially a coming of age romance, it touched on many deeper themes in lighthearted ways and it contained more than one kind of representation that was celebrated equally (Desi, Muslim, Black, Blindian couple, LGBTIA+)My favorite character wanted to start a page to take pictures of books. Imagine that. 😜 It was also great to see how much of Desi culture the author infused into the book. There were scenes that made me laugh hysterically, lots of fuzzy warm ones that made laugh and some that made me question some of their character. Overall it was a cute and fun read with enjoyable writing. I would definitely read more of Heron's work. If you're into fashion, flowers, sweet romances and social media influencers this one might be perfect for you. Thanks to @amazonpublishing and @tlcdiversity for the gifted copy.Some of the main points were:💐 the algorithm favors white creators over others 💐 BIPOC creators are overlooked 8n many spaces & have to work twice as hard to gain visibility💐 social media fame is not the end goal for everyone💐 the fashion world can be cutthroat💐 female influencers are deemed less intelligent💐 there can be more than one path to the same goal💐 first impressions aren't always accurate💐 staying true to yourself and your values keeps you grounded 4.5 🔥

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    Blooming where you're planted The book is definitely directed at young adults raised with the "progressive" mindset.Tahira is a high school senior of Indian descent who lives in Toronto. She's driven internally, as well as externally by her parents, to succeed in the fashion industry.She's been so focused on the goals & plans that her parents outlined for her that she eventually finds herself exhausted & miserableI didn't find her dislikeable - her self-focus is because she's driven to an unheal Blooming where you're planted The book is definitely directed at young adults raised with the "progressive" mindset.Tahira is a high school senior of Indian descent who lives in Toronto. She's driven internally, as well as externally by her parents, to succeed in the fashion industry.She's been so focused on the goals & plans that her parents outlined for her that she eventually finds herself exhausted & miserableI didn't find her dislikeable - her self-focus is because she's driven to an unhealthy level as opposed to being just straight up selfish, but I really couldn't find much to relate to or like about her until about 80% in when she gets her wake up call.Her realization of what she doesn't want (with the help of her mentor) leads to her realization of what she does want. And that epiphany leads to a universal truth, & some appreciable character development & maturation.So the lead up had some interesting stuff & a few nice touches, but it did drag at times - especially when it got preachy. The pivotal moment was worthwhile. And the ending was prosaically realistic yet mostly happy. That's about a 25% ROI. Hence the rating.***Potential Content:*Language: Minor swearing - 3-4 dozen common swears + 7 f-bombs*Sex: secular attitudes on sex as a recreational pastime; protagonist is sexually active but nothing more graphic than her dad tossing her a box of condoms; Same-sex secondary character relationship which includes a character who is a pansexual (non-stereotypicals)*Political: Lots of SJW-flavored talk - microaggressions & safe spaces; villains aren't simply nasty individuals - they're part of those privilege-skinned people, etc*Religion: protagonist is part of a Muslim family, though not much talk about their faith other than relating discrimination & bigotry; author has characters use God's Name (God/Lord/Jesus) trivially - aka in vain - which is puzzling as it's supposed to be offensive to all of the Abrahamic faiths that adhere to the Commandments - Christians, Jews & Muslims

  18. 4 out of 5

    Madison Wray

    4.25. Sweet teen romance. Loved the characters so much. I KNOW it’s a teen romance but wish it wasn’t fade to black bc the CHEMISTRY

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (jamie.bookworm)

    This is my second book by Farah Heron, but it’s the first YA she’s written. I love when an author branches out into another genre or age range and I think she did so flawlessly. While this is YA - the characters felt mature - and I really connected with the main two. Give me anything and everything that has to do with florals. This book made my flower loving heart so happy. I want to move to this town. There is diversity and representation in these characters that many youth/people will see them This is my second book by Farah Heron, but it’s the first YA she’s written. I love when an author branches out into another genre or age range and I think she did so flawlessly. While this is YA - the characters felt mature - and I really connected with the main two. Give me anything and everything that has to do with florals. This book made my flower loving heart so happy. I want to move to this town. There is diversity and representation in these characters that many youth/people will see themselves in - make sure to read the author’s note - and see the touching reason she wrote YA. Other things I loved a lot: fashion industry, social media aspects, the small town and that it was set in Canada! Thanks to the author for the ARC! It was truly my lucky day to win this giveaway!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Firkins

    A sweet story about a driven and talented girl with a capital-P Plan who comes to realize that plan might not be right for her after all. Of course, I had to pick up a book about a Canadian fashion student, and I loved all the discussion about design and how making art and marketing art are two very different things, and how there are many ways to build a career in the arts. Though the synopsis makes the book sound romance heavy, the story is more centered on Tahira's personal journey and how sh A sweet story about a driven and talented girl with a capital-P Plan who comes to realize that plan might not be right for her after all. Of course, I had to pick up a book about a Canadian fashion student, and I loved all the discussion about design and how making art and marketing art are two very different things, and how there are many ways to build a career in the arts. Though the synopsis makes the book sound romance heavy, the story is more centered on Tahira's personal journey and how she comes to new realizations about her goals and her means of achieving those goals. There's a fair amount of content about the use of social media, building a brand, amassing followers, etc. that will appeal most to readers who are building their own social media platforms, and Tahira is as involved with marketing as she is with designing clothes, so there's plenty of discussion about those topics as well for interested readers.Despite the heroine making decisions about her future career, with the lightness/chasteness of the romance and the overall focus of the story on shifting friendships and goal setting, this would be a good fit for readers seeking books that bridge between MG and YA. Overall: a sweet story with striking imagery, a light humorous touch, a resonant central character arc, and a plant loving cast that's easy to "root" for.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Destinee Sims

    I snagged this title months ago as my Prime First Reads choice…. Let me start off by saying that I made the right choice. Although I kept putting this one off for whatever reason, I was completely hooked once I picked it up. It was fun, relatable, and really captured the essence of a growing teen. I loved that this novel also shares a voice that is typically ignored in literature- that of a young women that is both of Indian descent and Muslim growing up in Canada. Heron helped remind me to be c I snagged this title months ago as my Prime First Reads choice…. Let me start off by saying that I made the right choice. Although I kept putting this one off for whatever reason, I was completely hooked once I picked it up. It was fun, relatable, and really captured the essence of a growing teen. I loved that this novel also shares a voice that is typically ignored in literature- that of a young women that is both of Indian descent and Muslim growing up in Canada. Heron helped remind me to be conscious of microaggressions within my community, but she also reminded me of how beautiful life can be when everyone is treated well. Moving beyond the diversity found within the characters, I enjoyed Heron’s style of humor. I love that the story was able to successfully be a rom com *and* slice of life all at once; most of the rom coms I read aren’t very realistic, so it’s a nice change of pace. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will note that it was a nice touch and supported the novel’s overall themes and messages. 🌸Educators- This would be a handy read during a high school unit focused on the young adult novel. If nothing else, this one would do well in your class library!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Sumner

    I give this 4.5 stars. The first, say, third of the book is very vapid and I really didn’t enjoy it. I was regretting choosing it as my First Reads for October. But little by little the characters began to develop and Tahira starts to open her mind to new things, new pleasures, new delights, new ways of being creative. I ended up loving the book by the end! I haven’t personally come across many, if any, YA books about less conservative Muslim girls that don’t focus on oppression but instead allo I give this 4.5 stars. The first, say, third of the book is very vapid and I really didn’t enjoy it. I was regretting choosing it as my First Reads for October. But little by little the characters began to develop and Tahira starts to open her mind to new things, new pleasures, new delights, new ways of being creative. I ended up loving the book by the end! I haven’t personally come across many, if any, YA books about less conservative Muslim girls that don’t focus on oppression but instead allow the characters to live full lives with Islam as a ~part~ of their identity rather than the plight of a Muslim girl in the western world being almost her entire identity. I think this type of book is something we desperately need more of! My Muslim best friend has about a dozen tween and teenage nieces (her husband has 13 siblings) and they are less conservative Muslims, non-hijabi and I imagine this is the kind of thing they would love to read. Or at least be happy to have the option to read a romance story about a Muslim girl like them that doesn’t focus on religion. I hope this makes sense. Like how in Never Have I Ever, yes, Devi is Hindu, she is shown praying at her home altar, but that’s only part of her personality. It’s not made into this huge, giant deal. She’s a complex character who happens to be Hindu. I think this kind of representation is vital.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    The field of sunflowers loomed golden in the background as she adjusted her faux leather shorts and simple crop top. She had to get this photo right to showcase her look. These designs meant a lot to her… they were created with her blood, sweat, and tears. It was her dream to get noticed and there was no time to misstep right now. She settled into a few more poses, hoping the sun was catching her just right. She could feel herself on the edge of greatness; she just needed that one last step to e The field of sunflowers loomed golden in the background as she adjusted her faux leather shorts and simple crop top. She had to get this photo right to showcase her look. These designs meant a lot to her… they were created with her blood, sweat, and tears. It was her dream to get noticed and there was no time to misstep right now. She settled into a few more poses, hoping the sun was catching her just right. She could feel herself on the edge of greatness; she just needed that one last step to enter the spotlight.Tahira in Bloom is a cute YA about a young teenager, Tahira, with a passion for fashion. A designer of her own clothes and an influencer of fashion, she has a dream to get into the design world and have her own line. When her summer plans fall through and she’s forced into a detour she’s not excited about, she learns that dreams can change and goals can be altered.Filled with teen drama, fashion design, and gorgeous flowers; this book is a sweet read about finding true friendship and achieving goals even when life throws you curveballs.If you’re a YA fan, lover of fashion or flowers, then you’ll want to pick this story up.TW: Bullying, Racism, Islamophobia.

  24. 4 out of 5

    sarah ♡

    4.5 ⭐️ oh my gosh I loved this!! received this as a gift and was very nervous bc i haven’t been having any luck with contemporary romance lately… but wow this was so good! turns out i can like contemporaries if they're done in a certain way 4.5 ⭐️ oh my gosh I loved this!! received this as a gift and was very nervous bc i haven’t been having any luck with contemporary romance lately… but wow this was so good! turns out i can like contemporaries if they're done in a certain way

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