What it is: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh is the story of Clementine, a high school student, and Emma, a college student, who begin a romantic/sexual relationship. Emma guides Clementine to understand and come to terms with her sexuality, but ultimately tragedy tears the two apart.
What I liked about it: The art is fantastic. I have a tendency to speed through graphic novels, only reading the words and not paying much attention to the pictures, but Maroh’s art grabbed me and slowed me down. The blue motif throughout is excellent, and she used illustration accompanying dialogue to describe emotions without words. Both of these strategies perfectly utilized the advantage of a visual style. For example, Clementine is shown drowning when she feels overwhelmed–it’s a quintessential example of “show, don’t tell.”
What I didn’t like about it: The storyline and character relationships aren’t particularly original. While I was engrossed in the book because it’s so quick and easy to keep turning the pages in graphic novels, I wasn’t overly entranced by the story or characters themselves. It was an enjoyable read, just not profound.
Memorable quote: “Love catches fire, it trespasses, it breaks, we break, it comes back to life…we come back to life. Love may not be eternal but, it can make us eternal…”
Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Challenge satisfied: #5, read a book by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ.
Additional notes: There’s also a movie version of Blue is the Warmest Color (and I’m pretty sure it’s on Netflix), so I’m interested to see how they compare.
Blue is the Warmest Color is book 16 of 24 for my Read Harder Challenge. You can also read my reviews of Mouthful of Forevers and The 4-Hour Workweek.
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11 thoughts on “Review: Blue is the Warmest Color”
I should start on that book soon. Seems to be amazing.
It’s really wonderful!!
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Somehow I missed that this was a graphic novel, I thought it was just normal old prose… I’ll definitely have to read it now. :)
It’s a SUPER quick read. I still owe you a post on this, don’t I?
I think we talked about a book/movie comparison. Any time you feel like it, TM is on an extremely loose schedule right now. :)
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Okay!! Goal is to get it to you after my fall break.
Cool beans. :)
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I had NO IDEA this was a graphic novel. I never watched it on Netflix, but now I will after (of course) seeing if my public library has this title.
I just recently watched it on Netflix, but it’s VERY different than the graphic novel. They’re almost two completely separate stories.