by Julie Maroh

Reviewer Rating:


I picked up Blue is the Warmest Color because I had heard the movie adaptation had won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and because I’m something of a graphic novel junkie. While I’ve heard this graphic novel described as erotica, and admittedly some of the illustrations are explicit, I found the the heart of this story is a love story. Clémentine is a high school student in France  who just can’t seem to make things work with her boyfriend, while her dreams are haunted by a girl with blue hair she saw in passing on the street. There is plenty of teenage angst, tragedy, love, conflict, and friendship to keep the story engrossing, but the ending felt abrupt and almost fell into melodrama. While the graphic novel is definitely geared toward those experiencing their own coming-of-age stories, I would keep the maturity level of the reader in mind when recommending it.

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