‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ by Julie Maroh [Book Review]

This afternoon, whilst purposely trying to avoid the terrifying Coriolanus essay I’ve got to write, I finished reading Blue is the Warmest Color, a graphic novel (one of the categories for the 2016 Reading Challenge) by Julie Maroh. It was the perfect (temporary) distraction from real-life.

Title: Blue is the Warmest Color
Author: Julie Maroh
Released: 2010
Pages: 156
Category: #22 A graphic novel
Rating: 6/10

“Love is something way too abstract and indefinable. It depends on what we perceive and what we experience. If we don’t exist, it doesn’t exist. And we change so much; love must change as well. Love catches fire, it tresspasses, it breaks, we break, it comes back to life… we come back to life. Love may not be eternal but, it can make us eternal…”

Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel by Julie Maroh. It centres around the life of sixteen year old Clementine who is beginning to question her sexuality. When her gay best friend takes her out for the evening, she spots a beautiful young woman, Emma, with shocking blue hair, and immediately develops feelings for her.

The graphic novel is told in two formats: a reflective diary, which allows Clementine to be an ever present force in the story, and live-action sequences, focusing on her relationships with Emma, her family and her friends. The art is mediocre – at times it is difficult to distinguish between certain characters – but the story is beautiful.

This is a story about true love, self-discovery and acceptance. The first half is brilliant, but unfortunately the plot nose-dives at the mid-point, though the ending is (thankfully) wonderful. Clementine as a character is well developed and interesting, but the reader is never fully allowed to enter into Emma’s world, and as a result there are a few questions left unanswered. Despite this, it is a powerful, hard-hitting story that transcends gender and sexuality.


Whilst this graphic novel wasn’t perfect (not that I’m an expert in the medium by any means) it was very raw, real and overflowing with emotion. There are some mature themes featured in this book, including drug abuse and death, but they only added to the impact of this tragic love story.

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