Clementine's initial reaction to Emma, the girl with blue hair, undid me. The art in this book is perfection, but it's never more perfect than when Maroh is crafting the facial expression of one of the characters. Clementine's face when she sees Emma for the first time says it all.
Attraction, jealousy, and above all else complete confusion as to why she'd even feel that way in the first place. I can't imagine what it's like to realize that you're attracted to the same sex, and based on the panels that follow Clementine's first glimpse of Emma, neither can she.
What builds from there is one of the most heartbreaking and wonderful stories I've ever read. There's this mid-point where, once these two are together, everything starts to show in color. It was such a subtle change that I almost didn't catch it, but that's also why it's so fitting. Clementine's world fills with passion, and Emma is the center of that. Which, of course, makes the ending all the more devastating. Trust me, you'll need tissues for this.
I feel it necessary to warn any potential readers that there are panels in this book that might bother some. There is nudity, and love making between two women.
If you have an issue with those things, this probably isn't for you. If you don't, prepare to be enchanted. I can't express enough how much I agree that this is not only a lovely, but very important book.
Blue Is the Warmest Color shows that love crosses all boundaries, no matter how solid we might think they are. I fell in love with a girl for the first time at the age of fifteen, but I remember being attracted to girls far earlier than that. I went to school in a liberal neighborhood where a teacher might let slip a homophobic comment every now and then, but there were many openly gay and bisexual students. Not everyone is so lucky, however, and Blue is the Warmest Color is the story of a young girl named Clementine who finds her feelings at war with the judgments of her parents and her peers.
Alternating between present and past, Blue is devastating, funny, and at times achingly vulnerable. My one complaint about the novel is that the end comes so quickly.
This is my first serious try to get into reading graphic novels. And was it a moving start. In the beginning I struggled with this new medium, especially the drawing style. I didn't like the messy drawing, but those done more realistically were beautiful. However, the story itself is a moving, realistic take on teenage life, the struggle of finding yourself, especially when you try to cope with having a norm-breaking identity wich isn't fully accepted in the society.
Though I couldn't understand how Clem could be so obsessed by Emma from just having seen her once in the street, their relationship moved in a realistic, honest way. While there were interest from the beginning, they struggled with their emotions and love, and the relationship had its struggles, downs and lows. It's a nice story of love, acceptance, living life and to be who you are, because there's always someone out there loving and accepting you.
The art and the story are easily 4. But, I had to really concentrate to read the handwriting, especially the cursive writing. It was just too tiny. It's a shame as it detracted from the overall experience of the book. The ending made me tear up a little, but it's a good story. And the art is wonderful and expressive. All in all a really moving experience.
I'm not even going to lie this book is a little out of my comfort zone but I did enjoy it. Sad story and I wish the ending had been a little better but I did like how it covered a longer time period giving the reader a full perspective of her life. A very passionate and romantic novel filled with philosophical and heartfelt feeling.
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