Monday, 6 July 2020

The Diary of a Late Bloomer by L.M.L Gil + #Giveaway


The Diary of a Late Bloomer; A quirky coming of age novel
L.M.L Gil
Publication date: June 29th 2020
Genres: Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance, Sports

A Book With a Vegetarian Character.

I am linking this review up with July 2020 Foodies Read over at Based On A True Story.
Every wallflower blooms at their own perfect time, but some like quirky Lo, take longer than others.
Lo is a sheltered 20-year-old who loves baking, manga/anime, and octopi. When she spots her college swim team’s tryout flyer sporting her favorite sea creature, an octopus she knows it’s a sign that she must join the Flying Octopi. The only things standing her way are her social awkward nature and the fact that she just learned to swim.


I don't often choose to read young adult fiction, but there was something about the synopsis of The Diary of a Late Bloomer by L.M.L Gil that really spoke to me so I decided to give the novel a try. I loved the brightly coloured octopus on the book cover too. It turns out that, other than our height, younger me had a lot in common with our socially awkward protagonist, Lo. I could genuinely empathise with her extreme anxiety in social situations and her tendency to blame herself for anything going wrong around her also rang uncomfortably true. I'm totally on board with with her cure-all balm of baking too. There's a lot of food in this novel so I would recommend having snacks on standby before you start reading!

As its title suggests, this novel is written as a series of diary entries. Lo writes about her days over the course of a year, ending each entry with a wonderful Plan Of Attack - three actions she is inspired to take as a result of the day's events. It was interesting to see how Lo's focus gradually changes as the weeks go by. This really is a lovely coming of age novel in which I witnessed her blossom from an incredibly oversensitive worrier to a confident young woman, albeit still an endearingly odd one. The Diary Of A Late Bloomer manages to portray the non-conventional behaviours of outcast teenagers in an authentic and humorous way, but I never feel as though Gil was poking fun at her characters. Instead, I felt a stronger connection with these young people because or their lack of bland normality.

What really made this novel for me was Gil's sharply observed relationships both between the swim team members and within Lo's immediate family. Perhaps the AIM conversations sometimes felt a little too formally worded, but the in-person conversations are beautifully written, full of the hidden information that each character is too repressed to openly reveal about themselves. I happily rooted for Lo all the way through The Diary Of A Late Bloomer and was delighted to have taken a chance on Gil's writing. I think this story would appeal to quirky young adult readers as well as, of course, those of us who've left those years behind but still retain our quirks!



Author Bio:
L.M.L. Gil is a writer, a reader, and a dreamer.
When she is not writing, editing, or thinking about her next story, she is either in the kitchen testing out a new recipe or snuggling with her fur munchkins reading.
As a glutton, she equates a good novel to a scrumptious dessert, which leaves your heart a little lighter and a smile on your face.
She hopes her novels provide a sweet treat without the calories

GIVEAWAY!
Win a $40 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of The Diary of a Late Bloomer by L.M.L Gil.
Open internationally until the 16th July.


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11 comments:

  1. This sounds like a well written and fun read! Great review! :)

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  2. I've also steered clear of YA fiction, but this sounds like a good exception. Thanks for the review.

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  3. I often enjoy YA reads, this one sounds fun.

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  4. This sounds like a genuine and interesting coming-of-age novel. So many YA novels are so angsty and I will appreciate the difference here. Best wishes to the author on the new book.

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  5. The cover looks great, and this is the sort of book that I normally love to read.

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  6. souds fantatstic would be a pleasure to read

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  7. Count me in please - I'd love to win this.

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  8. What a very generous giveaway

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  9. Fab great giveaway book looks interesting

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