Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Published by: Arsenal Pulp Press on September 3rd, 2013
Genre: Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Romance, Fiction
Source: Borrowed from the Library
Summary (from Goodreads): Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.
Review: I picked up this graphic novel out of the library database looking for something new to read and I remembered hearing really good things about it. I flew through it in just over an hour I was gripped from the first page. It’s such an interesting coming of age story with LGBT messages. You really get strong emotions just from a few sentences and fantastically drawn images. I found myself close to tears at some parts.
I did find that the last pages/portion of the book came out of nowhere and happened so quickly. I would’ve preferred if it was slowed down a bit. I will definitely be searching for the film adaptation of this but I don’t think it will live up to the wonderful artwork of this novel.
I definitely recommend you set aside a few hours one day and give this a read!