Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Release: September 13, 2013
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
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.
Blue is the Warmest Color is about Clementine, a junior in high school, and her love for Emma, a girl with blue hair whom Clementine falls for despite how it upsets her family and friends and ruins Emma’s relationships.
In the beginning of the graphic novel, we discover Clementine has died and the last thing she wanted was for Emma to stay in her family’s home with her parents. The wish is granted and Emma reads Clementine’s journal, learning more about the woman she loves and her past with and without her.
I don’t remember when I heard about Blue is the Warmest Color. I believe I heard of the movie first and was interested in seeing it. But then I heard the movie was an adaptation and I just had to read the book! So thankful for Amazon.
I’m going to start by saying how much I loved the art. I’m so used to reading graphic novels about superheroes or zombies and that art seems harder and darker. This was soft and delicate, it fit the story and held it in such a comfortable light, it was brilliant representation of the story – that’s an awkward way to put it, hold on – it was a brilliant way to draw the story.
Julie Maroh really made Clementine and Emma believable. Clementine was easy to relate to as she struggled through her feelings for Emma after struggling with her feelings with a previous boyfriend. When it came to Emma, I had a slight dislike for her in the beginning, especially her earlier girlfriend, but I slowly warmed to her. I feel like it was meant to happen like that but that’s my own interpretation.
The story goes through their lives together, seeing how Clementine deals with her family’s feelings, Emma and Clementine’s future together, and Emma after Clementine passes. It was a beautiful story and I was so happy to read it.