Blue is the Warmest Color Paperback
by Julie Maroh
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 162 pages, 1 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
- Publication Date: 03/09/2013
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781551525143
- EPUB from £14.39
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Review by cameling
Touching graphic novel of a teenager's growing pains and gradual recognition and ultimately acceptance of her sexual identity. It touches on friendship, young love, peer pressure, family and acceptance.
Review by kittyjay
Honestly, I really thought I would like this more - and maybe I'll have to pick up the French copy.<br/><br/>The art is good, but never really astounding; the closest it comes is in the background and landscapes, when it approaches stunning, but unfortunately, there are very few. Most are focused in the city, which don't have very many scenic shots, or focus on the people.<br/><br/>The conceit, of course, is in the color tone, with memories painted in sepia and shocks of blue, and the present a mixture of both. While this works to some extent, it was fairly obvious and occasionally added some brilliance that was much needed, but not much.<br/><br/>As for the story, it was moving and realistic for the most part, but the pace felt rushed at the end - the build-up was phenomenal, with Clementine, a young high school girl, exploring her sexuality and new-found love for an older art student named Emma. There's a definite eroticism, though I agree with the author that the movie sadly played this for titillation rather than gentle exploration and love. <br/><br/>Mostly however... it felt meh. I have a feeling part of this was due to the translation, which had some moments of transcendence, but occasionally felt very awkward. As I said, I'll have to pick up the original French to really judge.
Review by Sullywriter
A beautiful, moving, bittersweet love story.