Book Review: The Diary of a Late Bloomer by, L.M.L. Gil

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


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.

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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


I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

There’s something about the synopsis of this book that really speaks to me. The book description is short, but I felt a lot of hope and bravery in it. And in these strange days of pandemics and social unrest, I was looking for a bit of hope and bravery in my life, an escape that might make me smile. These are the initial expectations that I set for this book – a pretty high bar to hit.

There is no better way to describe the main character, Lo, than as a “Late Bloomer.” She is 20 years old, but still has to sneak into her mother’s drawers to get lipstick as she has none of her own, and doesn’t even really know how to apply it correctly. She’s awkward and a little strange, but in a totally endearing way.

Diary of Late Bloomer was a sweet, fun book. The diary style makes for a quick read that you can consume in the course of a weekend. Was the hope and bravery that I was looking for included in the book? Yes, in a quirky way it was and I was glad for the escape!

I give this book 3 Sips!

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