William Morrow - Nonfiction/Memoir
Reason for reading: I saw the trailer and thought Bloom sounded inspiring. I love an upbeat memoir.
Side note about the trailer: I was going to include the trailer in this post but there's an advertisement before the trailer. Since a trailer is an advertisement itself, that gave me pause. An advertisement with an advertisement? That was just something I didn't feel right uploading to my blog, since I feel strongly about it being my personal space to blather on about books and not a money-making venture. However, if you're interested, just look up "Bloom trailer Kelle Hampton" on YouTube and it'll pop right up.
Kelle and Brett Hampton and their 2-year-old daughter Lainey were excited about the coming addition to their family. Sonograms indicated that Nella would be a healthy baby girl and Kelle's pregnancy was uneventful. But, the moment Nella was placed in her mother's arms, Kelle knew something was wrong with her. Nella's flattened nose and almond-shaped eyes were obvious signs of Down's Syndrome. After Kelle's worst fears were confirmed, she grieved the loss of the perfect, healthy child she'd expected but decided she would not let Nella's condition defeat her positive attitude and set about finding joy and beauty in every day of both her children's lives.
Bloom is a memoir in which photographer/blogger/writer Kelle Hampton shares memories of her life, with emphasis on her family's first year with Nella and her determination to live life to the fullest.
I think I'm going to ditch the usual love/dislike format
My feelings about Bloom are more complicated than I expected (and irrelevant -- for some reason, this book seems to have brought a lot of emotional crap to the surface). Since much of what I originally typed up is not worth printing, I'm going straight to the bottom line.
Recommendation: A beautiful but overlong book with a positive message, recommended but not a personal favorite. A very emotional read; bring tissues. Bloom is not a book I will return to, even to flip through and look at the photos as it's much like peeking into a family photo album, although the photography is really lovely. Readers must bear in mind that Bloom is a memoir; it is the author's story and focused on her experiences and feelings; it is not a book for people who are looking for information about Down's Syndrome but a book to read for its inspiring message about choosing to love life, no matter what's thrown at you, and to embrace everyone regardless of differences.
And, here's a totally meaningless cloud photo, "Beautiful Puffy Clouds Reflected in Porsche":