Clementine, age fifteen, sees a blue-haired girl in the street one day. Further meetings with this girl, Emma, leads to attraction, eventually love. IClementine, age fifteen, sees a blue-haired girl in the street one day. Further meetings with this girl, Emma, leads to attraction, eventually love. I wanted to read this because a) it's a lesbian story that got quite a bit of buzz, and b) I need to practise my French. I was a little wary about reading this because I tried watching the film, got forty minutes in, and got bored. I knew I would not be bored by the graphic novel because we are told in the first few pages that Clem dies, and that we'll be seeing the story as narrated by her diary, being read by Emma. This structure immediately made it more interesting, knowing it would come to an end, whether or not our characters wanted it to. However even though you know Clem's death is coming, the circumstances leading up and the way we see it to it still build to make it heartbreaking when it happens. The bulk of the story follows Clem throughout her teenage years. Watching her exploring her sexuality, all the milestones, are shown tenderly. Although neither she nor Emma are perfect, and don't always fit together, it seems realistic. There is a long timeskip though, and thus while we see the events that leads to Clem's death, the scene the sets it all of is very unexpected, after not seeing their relationship for about ten years. I love Maroh's use of colour. In the flashback scenes when Clem is in love with Emma, it's greyscale, apart from highlights of blue. As their relationship changes, other colours are used, the shades and intensities appropriate to the scene. I can see why in my college library this got categorised under art. Strength 4 tea to a tragic tender love story.
Loved seeing the stories continue and seeing all the family interrelationships. Not sure why, but this one dragged on a lot more than Fall of Giants aLoved seeing the stories continue and seeing all the family interrelationships. Not sure why, but this one dragged on a lot more than Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, hence why it took me such a long time to read it. ...more
(Got halfway in November, stopped reading, read from beginning again) I liked the idea and the plot development. I didn't feel too close to the charact(Got halfway in November, stopped reading, read from beginning again) I liked the idea and the plot development. I didn't feel too close to the characters. The fight scenes were well written. The romance came out of nowhere for me....more
Cleanse and Blasted are brutality after brutality that I'm sure must have a point but are too extreme for me to want to try and think about Phaedra's LCleanse and Blasted are brutality after brutality that I'm sure must have a point but are too extreme for me to want to try and think about Phaedra's Love is...an interesting take onthe myth. 4.48 and Crave might be better to watch than to read. Skin was a good, coherent storyline that I think I get what she was trying to say....more
Review: Kitty and Theo have recently moved to Amsterdam. Kitty's mother's boyfriend's son is Ethan. The three of them must deal with falling in love,Review: Kitty and Theo have recently moved to Amsterdam. Kitty's mother's boyfriend's son is Ethan. The three of them must deal with falling in love, keeping secrets from each other, and getting through life. I wanted to read this because it kept getting flagged up in chats for featuring bisecusl boys, and I'd been meaning to read things by Keren for a long time. Keren reading short story from Ethan's viewpoint made me want to know more about him and therefore I started on this. It did seem a bit wandering regarding Kitty and Ethan's story, to start with (probably because I'm generally less interested in people working out who they like until there's bigger conflicts involved). I did like seeing the development of Theo's relationship with Sophie, which is told partially by flashback partially in the present too. I also liked seeing all the relationship strands between Kitty, Theo and Ethan converge and how that all panned out. The building and breakdown of relationships in this book are tumultuous, but good to read about. I really enjoyed reading about different cultures - Jewish and Dutch. I especially liked that Keren provided characters with different attitudes to aspects of their culture, offering a range of characters within such an under-represented group. The side characters made a good group. My favourite was Rachel, Kitty's sister, who was funny, and a good support for Kitty. There's a lot of things our main trio have to deal with. Family relationships, working out friendships, health issues, fitting in when moving abroad... A lot is happening here, and I quite liked seeing how Theo and Kitty fit in after the move. Part one is the climatic event, part two is before, part three is after. I liked this structure, as it catches your attention immediately, and establishes characters. I loved the ending. Kitty's discussion with her friends is good for reminding all of us of some lessons in life. Characters' justifications for the way they wanted things were realistic, especially Ethan's (last paragraphs of chapter 44) and while the strands unpacked within the novel are tied up, there's still an openendedness for the future. Overall:
Strength 4 tea to a story that is not about love, but is about relationships, romantic, familial, and friendshippy, and overall about life....more