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This was a fantastic read about love, trust, and struggle with identity and sexuality. For those of us on a non-hetero journey through life, this book brings those feelings when you fall in love. Buying this book now that I have read and enjoyed it! So happy the library had a copy!
Clementine is a junior in high school when she stumbles upon an intense and unexpected love in a lesbian bar. Everything that follows tests her relationships with her friends, family, and even her own perception of herself. Good for readers wanting passionate romance, teen drama, and nuanced LGBT storytelling.
I know, I'm like a Terrible Gay, but this was just... weird? The art was very pretty, but it was just a like really bad take on lesbian experience? Like okay maybe it reflects some people's experiences (the author's?) but it was just this like very overwrought lesbian tragedy. Even the struggles with internalized homophobia, which is something I'm really interested in exploring right now in my life, felt just super surface and not very nuanced.
About halfway through the book, I flipped to the frontmatter to see if it was like published in the early 90s or something, but it was published in French in 2010???? And again, as with No Crystal Stair, maybe it's supposed to be Baldwin-esque (in the style of Giovanni's Room) in the way it's written and the story it tells but y'all... we got that with Baldwin and about 800,000 lesbian pulps. Do people like this because it got made into a movie? It was just wildly disappointing to me, as this piece of lesbian lit that had been so upheld as 'must-read'.
(Also, I see the butchphobia right there. Associating butchness with jealousy and possessiveness is gross and I was disappointed to see it.)
This was a beautiful story. The art was incredible and I loved the monochromatic coloring save for the blue -- the symbolism of it all was great. I struggled with the bit when Emma revealed herself to the parents...it seemed unrealistic to me that she would walk around Clem's parents' house in that state...but okay. Also, the jump in the middle from when they were young to when they had been together 30 odd years was frustrating because I wanted to know more about the development of their relationship such as what led Clem to cheat on Emma in the first place? It seemed a bit disjointed.
Regardless, I liked the story and the art. I am glad I got to read it and it makes me want to see the movie.
Having seen the movie first I'm so glad I read the book too...I actually loved both versions and I cried at the end of both. So incredibly tragic but in very different ways - the original story keeps their love much more cohesive and the timeline's more followable. The drawings are a bit harsh for my taste but I liked the unique use of colour. I think we all yearn to be with our soulmates, male or female... and sometimes we never even get to meet them.
Saw the movie. The book is for teenagers. A silly adolescent story of sexual attraction, jealousy, longing, etc. Glossy pages, cartoonish illustrations.
A touching, emotional story. This book left an impact long after I finished the last page. The illustrations paired with the original and personal story that invites you into the lives of two young girls in love make this a story to remember.
One word to describe this book: beautiful. The illustrations are beautiful. The characters are beautiful, inside and out. The story is beautiful. I loved it.
I loved the movie, and I adore this book. But I suggest it for teens/adults who can handle some contents. lol
Beautifully rendered, smart graphic novel about coming of age, falling in love, and finding yourself. Julie Maroh's story of two girls finding each other is intensely personal, and manages to be uplifting and heart rending at the same time.
Perhaps the first graphic novel that was the basis for a Palme d'or winning film. The director used this as more a jumping off point and there are some significant differences in the film, which is excellent.
Perhaps melodramatic and it is still a gorgeous and moving story, in print and in the art. I think one of my favourite panels are the ones of Clementine beaming non stop after a pretty girl kisses her and pays her a compliment. She's so delighted and happy in a way that she wasn't with her boyfriend and it takes awhile for her to understand a properly accept what is happening to her here. It's poignant and very real, or at least I see it as such. I'm now curious to see how the movie panned out, especially considering what I've heard about the author's feelings on it.
It's a gorgeous story as I said, definitely for adults, and it will rip your heart out it but uplift you all at once. And I don't think you'll look at the colour blue quite the same way.