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Blue Is the Warmest Color

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  27,411 ratings  ·  2,821 reviews
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, confiden ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published April 1st 2010)
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Andrea Chiara Well, there are some sex scenes but it's definitely not porn and they're definitely not represented like in the movie. It's fine…moreWell, there are some sex scenes but it's definitely not porn and they're definitely not represented like in the movie. It's fine(less)

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Jan 10, 2016 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
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Warwick by: Abdellatif Kechiche
Shelves: france, lille, comics
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
Federico DN
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: almost-fav
Love, as an indefinable gender-free blue miracle.

In this graphic novel we learn the story of "Clementine", an innocent sixteen year old schoolgirl. Clementine believes she is straight, but when she meets "Emma", everything begins to change. Blue hair, blue eyes, blue aura spreading all over her life. Her heart, her body, and everything within her is shaken to a world completely unknown before. Unable to understand her new found feelings, every emotional part of her begins to fall apart. Slowly,
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was beautiful and heartbreaking. Not only was the story incredible but the artwork was masterful. Definitely recommend to anyone, regardless if you enjoy graphic novels.
Whitney Atkinson
This book is a MASTERPIECE. I'm never particular about the art in graphic novels, but this is the most beautifully-illustrated graphic novel I have ever read. That, combined with the lesbian rep, the message, and this coming of age story full of angst and true love and tragedy gripped me until the very last page. I think this is the first graphic novel I've cried over. I cannot wait to track down the movie adaptation to watch it, because I'm sure it will be just as great. I cannot highly recomme ...more
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 08, 2013 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
Amalia Gkavea
‘’Only love will save the world. Why would I be ashamed to love?’’

Simply mesmerizing....
Anna (Bananas)
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-f, comics
*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
Athena ღ
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Love may not be eternal, but it can make us eternal." ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘’Only love will save the world. Why would I be ashamed to love?’’

Wow this graphic novel, it’s a crazy hit!!.... on so many aspects I saw myself when I was also that' age.. ; I don’t want to go into details, but in a particular period of my life I have lived Clem's patemas. ( who knows why at that time the great desire to become a psychiatrist was born in me) however it presents itself as a very strong story, perhaps extreme..... I have not seen there the classic tenderness of adolescent love.
This is translated into English from France. It has a French feel to me. I felt the characters were real and the struggle was authentic for the characters. I enjoyed the art and I love how that blue hair pops out. It sets a consistent tone with the art and story. This was apparently a movie. Now I want to see it. I hear the movie ends better and is more graphic.

I felt like this story showed the intimacy the two girls share from flirtation to sex with each other. I like seeing that love grow. I a
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Teen problems seem trivial to other people. But when you're alone and smack in the middle of one, how are you supposed to know what to do?" -- Clementine, the story's protagonist, on page 13

In Maroh's Blue is the Warmest Color Clementine is - to quote the standard lyric - sixteen-going-on-seventeen, seemingly and quietly going through late adolescence on autopilot when, out of the blue (haha), she has a chance encounter with the bohemian art student Emma. Quickly realizing that her orientation
Asghar Abbas
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I have seen the film, of course. It was everything they say it is, every award lobbed at it, well deserved. It was an event no doubt, a motion picture in the truest sense of the word. It was something different, refreshing.

I let it wreck me. It was so glorious, even with its glaringly obvious flaws and the fact that it was lacking somehow in some crucial way. Maybe it's the ending, that was really dissatisfying for me. Something seemed to be missing overall. Despite all this, I knowingly went i
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up this graphic novel largely because of Ilse and Warwick's very different— but equally fascinating—reviews and was not disappointed.

First, there’s the physical book itself. I don’t know if this is normal with graphic novels, but the weight of the book is exceptionally pleasing to the hand. The paper is thick and heavy and bright white, and turning each page is a sensual experience, just like the story itself.

The illustrations are wonderful, especially when it comes to Clementine t
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“ Love may not be eternal but, it can make us eternal.”

Very happy I found this in my library. I've only ever seen the movie trailer and didn't know it was a comic adaption.
Now, I don't really know what to tell you about it, so just go read it yourself. It's beautiful and sad and you're gonna suffer, but you're gonna be happy about it.

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Tamoghna Biswas
“Now tell me, briefly, what the word ‘homosexuality’ means to you, in your own words."

"Love flowers pearl, of delighted arms. Warm and water. Melting of vanilla wafer in the pants. Pink petal roses trembling overdew on the lips, soft and juicy fruit. No teeth. No nasty spit. Lips chewing oysters without grimy sand or whiskers. Pastry. Gingerbread. Warm, sweet bread. Cinnamon toast poetry. Justice equality higher wages. Independent angel song. It means I can do what I want.”

― Judy Grahn, Edward t
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
“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

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Deeply moving, powerful, tragic, sensitive, relevant.

Those are the first words that came to my mind after I'd finished this book.

For years I've been a fan of the movie. So it was about time to read the Graphic Novel which it is based upon.


The story is about two girls falling in love and having to deal with the expectations and prejudices of their families and friends. Though this mostly applies to Clementine, the younger of the two.
Contrary to Emma, who's a few years older and lucky enough to ha
Steven Godin
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first venture into graphic novels, that was only really bought on by watching the Palme d'Or winning film of 2013 (which I found astonishing, sexy as hell, but also profoundly moving. I know nothing about Julie Maroh, or graphic novels, so it's all new to me. Maroh is clearly talented at what she does, and I found myself surprised as to just how much I liked this. It does slightly differ from the film though. It's a simple enough set-up, Clementine, a high school junior, falls in love with un ...more
Julie Ehlers
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Please be aware, I know I'm a bad person for what I'm about to say.

There's a scene in the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where the title characters show up at Ben Affleck's house. Ben Affleck is playing a character at this point (he plays himself later on in the film), but still, he's pretty much just being Ben Affleck. Jay and Silent Bob have just gotten word that a movie about them is being shot in Hollywood without their consent, and they're bummed out, a fact that is immediately appare
Anthony Vacca
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel

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
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves reading LGBTQ


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! Readin
Upon further reflection, and after a reread, I found the (view spoiler) troubling. There's such a huge issue of LGBT stories resulting in miserable endings. While it may reflect many people's stories, it doesn't represent the majority, the way it is represented in the majority of creative content. This is especially troubling to me in books/movies/shows directed at or telling stories about young adults. If I had read this when I was a teen, on top of everything ...more
May 23, 2016 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
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brilliant touching and moving graphic memoir about sexuality, love and life being short... so make the most of it that you can. Very good indeed.
"Only love will save the world. Why would I be ashamed to love?"

I'm not crying you're crying.

This is one of the very few graphic novels I've read in my life.
I really liked the story. All I knew going into it was that it featured a FF-romance, but I had no idea if the tone was going to be sad or not.
Well, from page one the reader knows it's going to be a sad story (even if you didn't pay attention to the plot but only looked at the colors you would notice it).
Something that, rather stupidly
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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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