The Diary of a Late Bloomer; A quirky coming of age novel
Publication date: June 29th 2020
Genres: Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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.
Will Lo find her place to shine or will her social anxiety DQ her dreams?
Late Bloomer is a new adult novel that is a cross between Bridget Jones’s Diary, Baywatch and Kuragehime.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
The Diary Of A Late Bloomer is a solid debut novel by L.M.L. Gil. The main character, Lo, is awkward as hell, and really blossoms over the course of this book. I could relate to Lo’s insecurities and how she was constantly making excuses and blaming herself for all that goes wrong around her. She was pure and innocent and eager and anxious all rolled into one.
Lo is such a sheltered character, but over the course of the year that this story takes place, she really comes into her own. She faces her fears, slays some dragons and learns to live life rather than just exist in it. She’s got a great group of friends, and I loved the support system that she has in them.
I also thought the premise of the story being told through Lo’s diary entries was interesting, and a fresh take on the storytelling. There definitely is a romance in this story, but I really appreciated it as a coming-of-age tale.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
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