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Blue Is the Warmest Color [Kindle Edition]

Julie Maroh
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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A tenderly told graphic novel for adults about a young woman who becomes captivated by a girl with blue hair.


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"A great love story that made all of us feel privileged to be a fly on the wall, to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak evolve from the beginning." --Steven Spielberg

"A devastatingly emotional book about a love affair between two young women, with unforgettable notes of sensuality and sadness." --The Guardian

"A very real and truthful-looking portrait of two human beings in a passionate relationship." --Evening Standard

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 55854 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press; Mti edition (19 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV6T6DQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue is the colour 21 Jun. 2014
By Squirr-El TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this in the library yesterday while waiting for the librarians to process some new superhero comic books for me. I read a wide range of books and comic books. I found this to be uninteresting as far as my personal reading tastes go, but it was a well-executed graphic ‘novel’. It is obviously aimed at a target audience that I don’t belong to, but it doesn’t mean that I cannot appreciate the technical aspects of the work. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, with the current world in full colour, while the flashbacks use a sepia tint, with only blue showing whenever it is worn by important characters, or rather characters important to the narrator, such as the blue-dyed hair or blue shirt of the romantic interests. The story is told via the reading of a diary of one of the main characters, by the person she was romantically attached to. The diary is of a Belgian schoolgirl – the author-artist is Belgian – and tells of her struggle to understand her emotions and attractions as she grows up in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. She has a boyfriend (with a blue shirt), but has strange dreams about an older girl she saw in the street. She has a gay male best friend in school, who takes her to visit a gay bar, where she meets the girl of her dreams (and who has blue-dyed hair). She then struggles for a quite while with her repressed feelings and ‘normal’ social attitudes, before eventually finding true happiness, finding that her parents do not share her liberal attitudes, losing true happiness, and possibly reconciling with true happiness before the end of the story (I can’t actually remember).

It is a ‘romantic’ story, in the old-fashioned literary sense as well as the modern emotional sense, but, like old –fashioned literary romantic works, is touched by tragedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read... 1 Aug. 2014
By Beck
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After hearing about this everywhere I decided to try it out, I didn't want to rally watch the film as it was apparently disapproved of by the author and some people who'd seen it said it was quite gawdy, I'm a book-girl anyway so....

I do like to buy paper publications for those books I know are picture-heavy, and neither am I a comic book reader, but I decided to try this on my kindle paperwhite due to the price difference. I was aware it will lose some of its visual presence being in black and white and I felt it did lose something in the way of how easy it was to read the dialogue on the kindle but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story or indeed the quality of the artwork via my kindle paperwhite.

Really refreshing and unique, had me in tears at the end. You read the story as flashbacks of memory from a diary. The story is quite a delicate romance and coming-of-age story about a high-school girl that meets her soulmate who turns out to be a woman and how she deals with the ramifications of that throughout different areas of her life.

I'm not generally a romance kind of girl as I find it all quite repetitive but this was really lovely, if quite ... well blue. Read it all in two sittings and that was only as I had to stop to go to work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sometimes I need a moving, heartfelt, important and human comic book to balance all the blood and gore that is my usual fare and this was the perfect antidote to all those.

Clementine is in school and has a boyfriend but it's not a good fit. Every time they are intimate it doesn't feel right to her and he is little more than 'part of the expected' for a girl in school. Then she meets Emma - an independent, freespirited punk who entrances little Clem. They begin a intense and deep love affair - Emma leaves the partner who taught her to love who she was, as she now teaches Clem to love who she is. Not everyone is as deliriously happy about the love affair though. And Clem never quite reaches 'happy'.

We know from the beginning that this story is not going to end happily - anything called 'Blue' never does. And the tale is told from Clem's letter to Emma.

It's a gorgeous story and the sepia palette with touches of blue (mostly Emma's punky hair) adds to the tear-jerking, emotional rollercoaster. It literally looks as if the story is tear-stained. I loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really beautiful love story 26 April 2015
By Jo
Format:Paperback
My best friend recommended Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh to me while he was reading it himself. He loved the movie, and so wanted to read the book, and found the book to be just as amazing. Although I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, I trusted his opinion and bought it for myself. Having now read it, I can say this is a seriously beautiful love story.

This is a really wonderful story of a young girl discovering her sexuality and finding love. Watching Clementine learn about herself is really sweet; from the first stirrings of attraction to Emma, her initial confusion, shock and disgust with her feelings and desires, and eventually coming to accept her sexuality and that there's nothing wrong with it. It's lovely watching Clem and Emma's relationship develop, Emma trying to help Clem accept her sexuality; the fragile, nervous beginnings; and plunging head first into their love affair.

Theirs isn't a relationship without it's problems. Clem does take some risks to be with Emma, but Emma doesn't seem to be fully committed at first. There is almost a selfishness to Emma, but also fragility and fear. As much as she helps and encourages Clem to discover her sexuality, she's also worried about being hurt. The actions of both characters, at some point, really caused problems for me, I had a hard time dealing with the lack of respect shown, but it's very realistic. Everyone makes mistakes, and I could sympathise with their reasons for the things they do. Although they get past their issues, they still have to put up with the disgust of others, and their lives are far from easy.

Blue is quite sexually explicit, but it's not gratuitous. It's not sexy, it's more sweet, with Clem finally allowing herself to feel and do what she wants, and just give in to it, discovering and falling in love. It's quite beautiful really.

A wonderful graphic novel with a beautiful story.
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