Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

eBook - 2013
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A New York Times bestsellerThe original graphic novel adapted into the film Blue Is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film FestivalIn this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.First published in France by Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe's largest.The live-action, French-language film version of the book, entitled Blue Is the Warmest Color, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Directed by director Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, the film generated both wide praise and controversy. It will be released in the US through Sundance Selects/IFC Films.Julie Maroh is an author and illustrator originally from northern France."Julie Maroh, who was just 19 when she started the comic, manages to convey the excitement, terror, and obsession of young love—and to show how wildly teenagers swing from one extreme emotion to the next ... Ultimately, Blue Is the Warmest Color is a sad story about loss and heartbreak, but while Emma and Clementine's love lasts, it's exhilarating and sustaining." —"A beautiful, moving graphic novel." —Wall Street Journal"Blue Is the Warmest Color captures the entire life of a relationship in affecting and honest style." —Comics Worth Reading"Delicate linework conveys wordless longing in this graphic novel about a lesbian relationship." —New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)"A tragic yet beautifully wrought graphic novel." —"Love is a beautiful punishment in Maroh's paean to confusion, passion, and discovery ... An elegantly impassioned love story." —Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)"A lovely and wholehearted coming-out story ... the illustrations are infused with genuine, raw feeling. Wide-eyed Clementine wears every emotion on her sleeve, and teens will understand her journey perfectly." —Kirkus Reviews "The electric emotions of falling in love and the difficult process of self-acceptance will resonate with all readers ... Maroh's use of color is deliberate enough to be eye-catching in a world of grey tones, with Emma's bright blue hair capturing Clementine's imagination, but is used sparingly enough that it supports and blends naturally with the story." —Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)"It's not just the French who have a better handle on sexy material than Americans — Canadians do, too ... Who's publishing it? Not an American publishing house but by Arsenal Pulp Press, a Canadian independent." —Los Angeles Times
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781551525136
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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"Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out." -- Provided by publisher.

Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out.

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Feb 01, 2020

This was beautiful and heart breaking and so enjoyable.

Nov 21, 2019

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!

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 19, 2017

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.

Jul 31, 2017

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.)

Feb 11, 2017

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 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.

Apr 22, 2016

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.

Jan 16, 2016

SO SO SO SO much better then the movie! I loved this book.

Aug 09, 2015

Saw the movie. The book is for teenagers. A silly adolescent story of sexual attraction, jealousy, longing, etc. Glossy pages, cartoonish illustrations.

Jun 25, 2015

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.

OranguTang Jan 16, 2015

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.

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Jun 25, 2015

Sexual Content: Female nudity and graphic sexual content


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