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El azul es un color cálido

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,290 Ratings  ·  1,495 Reviews
Clementine es una adolescente sin problemas. Llega del campo para integrarse en un instituto en el que se siente a gusto. Un día se cruza en la calle con una pareja de chicas. Una lleva el pelo teñido de azul, y le sonríe, mientras Clementine baja la vista. A partir de este preciso momento todo va a cambiar para ella: su relación con sus nuevos amigos, su sitio en la famil ...more
Hardcover, 161 pages
Published June 2011 by Dibbuks (first published April 1st 2010)
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Blue is the Warmest Color was one of my favorite graphic novels of last year. It was a quiet story that crept up on me. It doesn't use a lot of words or flash to get the message across. What starts out as a coming of age story centered around a young girl finding herself and falling in love, turns into a realistic and at times heartbreaking story of love and hardship. I really enjoyed this story, and it is one of the only graphic novels that brought me to tears. This story is best when it's gone ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Warwick by: Abdellatif Kechiche
Shelves: france, comics, lille
One of the films I saw at Cannes this year was La Vie d'Adèle (in English, Blue is the Warmest Colour), which eventually and deservedly won the Palme d'Or. I was a little obsessed with it – I dreamed about the film for two nights after I saw it, and I was still going over it in my head weeks later.

One person who was not a fan, though, was Julie Maroh, the author of the original comic book. She said the sex scenes in the film were ‘ridiculous’ and had been ‘turned into porn’, and she complained a
Oct 10, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I opened to the first page while on my lunch break at my brand new job, and abruptly closed it on page 3. "I can't cry in front of these people, I barely know them," I thought, while chowing on my sub, holding my tears in my lower lid. Sometimes you open up a book and say "ah, fuck" cause you know it's gonna be like that.

The first half of this book is perfect, and I never call anything perfect. The artwork is stellar, Clementine's pain, confusion and excitement is so real and palpable. I saw mys
Apr 05, 2016 Ilse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone ever fallen in love
Perhaps matronly women shouldn’t read graphic novels about loves at tender age. Perhaps they shouldn’t read soul-peircing stories like this. Perhaps this knocks down their finest defences, their carefully constructed barricades of cynism and despair.

Happy people have no stories. Paraphrasing Tolstoy, all happy loves are the same, each unhappy love is unhappy in its own way. And evidently, it will end in tears. Sob you will, dear reader.

Reading this dreamy graphic novel, a flood of sad songs, po
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
This was incredibly moving and just a beautiful story about a love that transcends gender and sexuality. I loved this and it is one of my favorite graphic novels that I've read. I highly highly recommend this. Warning though there are mature scenes in this one.
Anna  (Bananas!)
Mar 18, 2014 Anna (Bananas!) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, f-f
*huff* I'm disappointed. It was goodish. It felt so dramatic though and in a contrived way. God, I really wanted to like this more.

I didn't feel a connection between the main characters. Even the way they meet had a hint of instalove. However, I can understand and appreciate being inexplicably drawn to a person and even feeling like they're going to be meaningful to your life before you really know them. Their relationship needed fleshing out though. We barely got to know them and all the absurd
“We do not choose the one we fall in love with, and our perception of happiness is our own and is determined by what we experience…”

I picked this up completely on a whim and flew through it in a single sitting! The artwork in this graphic novel is absolutely stunning.
It was heartwarming and cute and it was just what I wanted after finishing Stars Above

This review and more can be found on my blog.
Inés Izal
Oct 06, 2014 Inés Izal rated it really liked it
Un historia tierna, bonita, dulce y realista.


Conocemos a Clementine, una chica asustada que teme admitir como se siente por sus propios prejuicios y los de la sociedad. Es un camino duro, inseguro y lleno de dudas, pero que harán que Clementine se dé cuenta de que solo el amor puede salvar este mundo, ¿por qué avergonzarse de amar a una persona de tu mismo sexo?

"Emma, me preguntaste si creía en la existencia del amor eterno. El amor es algo demasiado abstracto e indefinido. Depende de lo que nos
Anthony Vacca
Jan 06, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novels
I want to see the recently released Blue is the Warmest Color because I am the kind of degenerate who will buy a ticket to to the movie-house whenever a NC-17 flick rears its sexually-explicit head. Unfortunately, Birmingham, AL has little love for the foreign art house cinema, so all my sordid viewing pleasure will have to wait until the eventual DVD release. Luckily, this award-winning piece of French debauchery is based off a graphic novel, and even more the luck, my library bought a copy. So ...more
May 23, 2016 Roya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
I was looking for a book to distract me from the monotony that is reading The Chronicles of Narnia (three more books to go!). Don't get me wrong, it's a great series, but if you're like me and want to keep the story fresh in your mind, you don't take breaks. Evidently I needed a change, so I got this. Sadly, it didn't distract me for long - I read it in one sitting.

I first saw the movie adaptation about a year ago and loved it. As is usually the case, there are some stark differences between tha
Aria Stuck in Wonderland


This... got me really emotional.

LGBTQ is a genre that I am interested to get into, but I just haven't really delved into.

Why not?

Who knows?

I just haven't felt the urge to really read them, I think. But I have read a few.

Ely and Naomi's No Kiss List

Then there's the popular Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secret of the Universe.

Eeehhh... Oookaaay... seems that it wasn't really a few. I only read two. Well, that's quite embarassing.

Anyways, back to my review.

Read this! Reading this graphic n

Be still by beating heart.

The movie adaptation of this graphic novel is one of my favorite movies of all time.

I mean, seriously, look at them and tell me they're not amazing. I DARE YOU.

So I figured I would love the graphic novel as well. I was not wrong.

This is a powerful, moving love story that follows a young woman named Clementine discovering her sexuality with the help of a blue-haired gal named Emma. It is no surprise to me that this made such a heart-wrenching movie. The source material i
Maxi  ❥
I cried a little near the end :(
Jan 12, 2016 Matilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αγαπώ πολύ τα graphic novels γενικότερα και επειδή είδα και την ταινία που είναι βασισμένη στο βιβλίο αυτό, αποφάσισα να του δώσω μια ευκαιρία! Ήταν πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα η ανάγνωση του και μου άρεσε η σκιαγράφηση της πρωταγωνίστριας και του περιβάλλοντος της. Το βιβλίο εστιάζει σε έναν μεγάλο έρωτα και στις επιπτώσεις που αυτός έχει στην ηρωίδα και στο περιβάλλον της. Το πάθος και η αγάπη που κυριαρχεί στο βιβλίο είναι έκδηλο και σε παρασύρει να ταυτιστείς με τα συναισθήματα της Κλεμεντίν. Πολύ όμο ...more
Saeed Mohamadi
Shallow Story, horrible graphics and worst ending possible.

This broke my heart at least twice and I could not stop crying. This could have been read in about two hours but I couldn’t force myself through that much emotional stress at one time. The artwork is beautiful, the characters are beautiful, the story is realistic, which makes it beautiful. Ahhh, beautiful.

The first half of this was explorative, deep, inspiring, and crushing. I wish I’d bought the French version, but even in English the author’s poetic nature comes across. The second half rushed
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
I read this in the span of a few hours today, and it resonates with me just as much as its (fantastic) film adaptation did. Graphic novels can be a hugely powerful medium, and the few that I've read so far this year do nothing but enforce that. A must-read!
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖shut me up already✖


Me gusto (por decirlo de alguna manera) como retrata la inseguridad de Clem, como la destruye el ser lesbiana y todo lo que le cuesta aceptar su sexualidad, es triste que incluso ahora en el año 2015 siga habiendo tanta homofobia. Es horrible la verdad, y te hace dar cuenta de todos los p
Nov 08, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wanted to love this graphic novel so much more. Apparently, it's geared to the YA reader, which I didn't know (at least, several reviewers alluded to that). Not a deal-breaker since I love YA literature, but knowing that would have prepared me for the direction of narrative -- it's all about the process of coming out and how torturous it is for the heroine, Clementine.

This story didn't reach me. Partly, it was a clunky translation from the French. Partly, the story was just packed with every
Mar 04, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jo
Tender and keen coming-of-age story about two young french girls who fall in love. The use of the color blue is uh-mazing and the part of this graphic novel that I liked best. The way that Emma's hair color changes as her relationship with Clementine changes is such a clever way to add another layer to the story of first love: that initial attraction, building the relationship, and the grief surrounding a break-up.

And I wonder if the use of the color blue is a nod to Picasso's blue period? See
Jun 26, 2015 Joca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leitura: Novembro de 2014
Releitura: Abril de 2015 (a opinião não se alterou)

A minha opinião em vídeo:
Giovanni Storiale
Immenso, realistico, completo.
Il ritratto integrale di una ragazza omosessuale che è costretta a scontrarsi con una società bigotta, chiusa, infernale.
Si legge in un soffio di vento.
L'ho amato dalla prima all'ultima tavola.
Feb 15, 2015 Isobel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with a girl for the first time at the age of fifteen, but I remember being attracted to girls far earlier than that. I went to school in a liberal neighborhood where a teacher might let slip a homophobic comment every now and then, but there were many openly gay and bisexual students. Everyone in my life knew that I liked girls, my mother gave me the “it’s okay if you’re gay” talk, and although I didn’t pursue relationships with women until later in life, I never felt like my feel ...more
Megan Olivier
Jan 03, 2015 Megan Olivier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one! It brought back all of the emotions I felt watching the movie. Definitely have some tissues ready!

I'll be talking more about this book in my January Wrap Up here:

Joce (squibblesreads)
3.5 stars
This graphic novel was translated from French and some of the language was a little stilted. The message was powerful but I also found the last 30 pages a little rushed. Overall I enjoyed it but there were some flaws.
Melissa Veras
Apr 03, 2016 Melissa Veras rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Aria Stuck in Wonderland
3.5 stars.

I'm not used to read graphic novels, but I liked this one. My heart broke a little at the end, and even if I didn't liked the drawing all that much, there were nice details (like the fact that everything is black and white, except for the blue things). I read this in one day, and the story was really entertaining.

BUT. I did have a few problems with it. The romance was instalove, the protagonist had such a low self esteem that the 90% of her happiness consisted in her relationship stat
Marcos Sánchez Bueno
Jan 30, 2016 Marcos Sánchez Bueno rated it really liked it
4 / 5

Muchos son los que me habían dicho que novela gráfica y película no iban unidas de la mano.
Esto es cierto, "La vida de Adèle" y "El azul es un color cálido" poco tienen que ver, tanto en mensaje como en historia.
Para todos aquellos que tengáis dudas sobre si leer la novela después de haber visto la película (y viceversa), yo os digo que la he leído después de enamorarme del film, y solo os puedo contar que son dos productos totalmente distintos (y no por ello uno mejor que otro).
Seth T.
Nov 09, 2015 Seth T. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

When I was a young and abysmally unprepared twenty-four-years old, I asked my girlfriend to marry me. She said something along the lines of Sure and Yeah and Okay. I haven’t mythologized either my proposal or her reply because nothing ever came of it. Somewhere around a year-and-a-half later, she broke it off and we went our own ways, some of us more reluctantly than others. There was no heat or fire to the self-destruction of our relationship. No fights, no rages, no untempered passions. Instea
Dec 19, 2013 Aildiin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just gave another comic a 5 stars rating and after reading this book the only thing I can think is how I should rate this book at 10 stars, 15 stars...
I have never been moved so much by a book or a movie. I was crying while reading the last quarter of the book...
I have to steal the words of someone to say how good it was for me :
"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mo
Jan 01, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
4.5 stars.

This is a beautiful graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous and emotive, and Maroh's ability to depict emotion in her characters' faces is second to none. And then there's the story, which is a mixture of happiness and pain.

I had already seen the film and loved it, and the graphic novel is close to it in some ways. However, the film took liberties with the storyline, and much of the second half of the original story is vastly different, with a completely different ending. However, I sti
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Julie Maroh (born 1985) is an author and illustrator originally from northern France. She studied comic art at the Institute Saint-Luc in Brussels and lithography and engraving at the Royal Academy of Arts in Brussels, where she still lives.
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“L'amour est quelque chose de trop abstrait et d'indiscernable. Il est dépendant de nous perçu et vécu par nous. Si nous n'existions pas, il n'existerait pas. Et nous sommes tellement changeants... Alors l'amour ne peut que l'être aussi. L'amour s'enflamme, trépasse, se brise, nous brise, se ranime...: nous ranime. L'amour n'est peut-être pas éternel mais nous, il nous rend éternels... Par-delà notre mort, l'amour que nous avons éveillé continue d’accomplir son chemin.” 31 likes
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