Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

By Julie Maroh

  • Release Date : 2013-08-19
  • Genre : Graphic Novels
  • FIle Size : 107.38 MB
Score: 4.5
From 231 Ratings
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Blue Is the Warmest Color The original graphic novel adapted into the film Blue Is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

In 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

"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


  • The Other Perspective

    By Joverseer916
    As a heterosexual male, a family member had come out recently. I was lost as to their mentality. I was unable to empathize with their feelings of confusion and guilt at their "unnatural" feelings as other family members put it. This book conveyed to me the emotions that family member felt that they simply couldn't put into words for me. Emotions I could never feel. A strongly recommended read that introduces or otherwise reminds you of the other perspective on homosexuality: being the homosexual and coping with that realization when the world expects you to desire what is right. There is no right. As the book says. It's perspective and experience. A beautiful read.
  • Awesome

    By Syleidlab
    Best comic
  • From a 16 year old standpoint

    By rab'saripley'slover
    I have questioned my sexuality for a very long time. Absolutely loved this book. While it's somewhat tragic with the death of Clementine, it's comforting as well, to see someone else find their sexuality, and struggle with it too. It's beautiful, and I think for mature readers, there are some great lessons to be learned with this book. Beautiful art, fantastic read. If you are mature enough to get past the nudity and sexually explicit images, I would definitely recommend this book. (P.S. I personally like the graphic novel more than the movie)

    By Aeonne J. Baumgardner
    When I first seen the movie I was like what's language is this in then I was like I don't want to watch this then maybe not I will so then I was so into the movie that I wanted to read the book
  • i'm guy

    By Azzam AL-Hazmi
    i'm so exited to purchase this book
  • Warm… this book IS warm.

    By SimplyQueasy
    If you read this book, prepared to be enlightened. It may seem like an ordinary love story at first - well, unordinary b/c of the content but ordinary in the romanticism of the subject. By the end of the book, I had better, more concise thoughts about love itself.
  • :D

    By camccorm
    Awesome comic book, can't wait to see the movie!
  • Loved it.

    By exarchop
    Overall this graphic novel was very well put together, although it did lack expansion of personal emotional relationship between the girls. (Very, very excited to see the movie adaptation). The overall message of the story was very interesting and I highly recommend you check it out yourself!