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Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

(Scott Pilgrim #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  173,792 ratings  ·  4,155 reviews
Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rockband, he's "between jobs" and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 18th 2004 by Oni Press
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh man this is fantastic. How had I not read it before?! I rewatched the movie last night (for like the 10th time) and reading it made me want to just have it on all the time. It’s such a great VIBE. I’m going to have to read the rest of the series for sure!!!
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I knew this was going to be one that I loved! SO MUCH FUN I NEED THE REST OF THE SERIES. I feel like this series is just going to be the perfect MOOD BOOSTER for me. Feeling down? SCOTT PILGRIM WILL LIFT YOU UP.
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

I saw the movie adaptation a couple of years ago and, ever since then, I've wanted to start the graphic novels. I'm so happy that I finally did, because this definitely didn't disappoint! I liked it even more than the movie because the art is used in such a clever way, so different than any other graphic novel I've read before (I've only read Maus and Fun Home, but those were for school.) The humor was great as well and I already ordered the next volume so I can read it soon!
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Game on!

This is the first book (in a series of six) of “Scott Pilgrim” saga.

Creative Team:

Creator, writer and illustrator: Bryan Lee O’Malley


Um… am I dreaming? -- -- I’ll leave you alone forever now.


My first contact with Scott Pilgrim’s world was through the movie adaptation, that I wouldn’t watch (at least not so soon as I did) if Mary Elizabeth Winstead (which I love) wouldn’t be in the cast.

And I would lost a lot! Since that movie rules!

So bizarre, cleve
Jun 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, graphic-novels
DNF at page 54.

(This was exactly what I was feeling while reading Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.)

I actually tried watching the movie a while back, but it made me really, really uncomfortable. And the same happened while reading the graphic novel.

I wanted to read it because I really liked Seconds, but I guess I somehow forgot that the movie was based off of a graphic novel. And I hadn’t made the connection between the two until I started reading and feeling really (and I mean really)
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The art was used SO cleverly which my graphic design mind loved and is probably one of the reasons I liked it so much.
I've seen the movie so I had a little more to go off of when reading this, but I was surprised to find I loved it maybe more than the movie?
It's so quirky and wonderful and just so much good stuff wrapped into one thing.
Traci Haley
Jun 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2008
I debated what to rate this graphic novel. On the one hand, the characters are thoroughly unlikable. Scott Pilgrim is a vapid, useless lump of a man who is dating a high schooler because that's the level of his maturity/emotional intelligence. Ramona Flowers is standoffish and rude because it makes her look "cool". The only redeeming character was Wallace, the gay roommate. On the other hand, once introductions got over, during the last scene of the book (the concert and Scott's fight with the f ...more
Sam Quixote
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Scott Pilgrim is dating a high schooler!” - so begins one of the finest comics sagas of all time.

I’ve read Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim before, seen the (extremely faithful) Edgar Wright movie adaptation, and have just re-read it (this time in colour), and the comic still blows me away with its quality. Reading the same story the third time around and it’s not boring in the least. It even somehow feels fresh despite having been published in 2004!

On paper the story seems like no great sh
B Schrodinger
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Am I too old to like Scott Pilgrim?

I just don't care for a main character who is in his twenties, has no job, sleeps (the zzzzzzzz kind) with his roomate, dates a high school girl and cheats on her with a kinda cool delivery girl.

How is this guy attractive to women at all?

Back in my day...

This graphic novel made me feel old.

Scott Pilgrim is a bit of a dick and it is hard to cheer for him when he is fighting his girlfriends ex boyfriends. I think the only way the author manages to make us on his
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Slacker, loser 23 year old Scott Pilgrim sponges off of his assertively gay room mate; is not really over his Ex, but dates a high-school girl to satisfy his ego?; is in a band; when love at first sight strikes him when he first espies and then dreams of American, and Amazon courier, Ramona. A weird, but ultimately interesting and to an extent almost satisfying Canadian slacker romantic and almost dark, comedy that will have strong appeal to people that grew up with or near similar youth communi ...more
Meredith Holley
Scott Pilgrim is so how I see the world. I’m sure it’s because of the years of doing almost nothing but playing Mario Bros in my childhood, but the levels and energy bars and coins, etc. as applied to mundane life things are so perfect to me. Also, the characters. Oh, the characters. Scott Pilgrim is such a rad character because he is so douchey, but still somewhat sympathetic, and everyone spends the whole story pointing out his doucheyness. I just really love a story that calls a douche a douc ...more
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Buying all of them, what can I say?!
I make memes OBSESSIVELY only during TWO situations
a)I LOVED the book
b) I HATED the book
This book is option b

When Mrin realized that the MC {23yrs old} is dating a high schooler {17yrs old}

This comic made me feel many things..which does not usually happen
But it made me feel mostly BAD things..namely disgust & anger
I just wanted to keep his high school girlfriend AWAY from him
Look I have read many books with unlikeable characters & have ended up LIKING them BUT pae
Will M.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This wasn't so bad, but that cover sucks.

I'm not that fond of reading contemporary novels, and it's no different with graphic novels. This had a simple plot, and nothing made it amazing for me. The artwork was decent, but I've seen way better. People have been recommending this everywhere, so I decided to finally give it a try. It's honestly not that bad, it would appeal more to the contemporary readers. I'm still interested to continue on with the series though. There's this mysterious thing ab
J.G. Keely
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, comics
After the slow trudge through Shelley's 'The Last Man', I decided to switch to some lighter fare. It's about time I got back to my comic book to-read pile, anyways. So I pulled out Scott Pilgrim.

I've heard a lot about the book in comic book circles, and it's been overwhelmingly positive. Despite this, I've been somewhat wary of the 'trendy hipster' label it's been saddled with, but that gets thrown around too much, and I figured beyond the trendy elements, I'd get snatched up by something deeper
R.K. Gold
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So spoilers ahead
I’m so happy to finally be reading the comic! I love the movie—it’s in my top 5 all time and after the first volume I’m amazed by how accurate the film’s adaptation was—I was able to quote the lines before I read them.

Volume 1 introduces us to Scott, his band, his sister, his roommate, knives and Ramona

He defeats his first of her seven evil exes and they become an official couple.

The dorky charisma of the characters made it impossible not to smile all the way through it and the
jv poore
Scott Pilgrim doesn't have girl troubles. So long as you don't consider having to fight and defeat each and every evil ex-boyfriend of the latest girl to catch his eye. And that's not even the weirdest thing about her.

This first foray into Scott's life amused & delighted me and I don't think I would have checked it out if I hadn't seen it on so many Want to Read shelves
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The movie adaptation of this comic book series came out during my second year of college. I went to go see it with friends and we were totally blown away because everything was so "scene" that it literally hurt, and also all the video game and anime callbacks, plus the fact that it was kind of like a Jackie Chan movie as done by Judd Apatow. My twenty-year-old brain was blown away by the awesome, and it never occurred to me to question t
Jim Ef
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know how sometimes writers want to please everyone? So they end up creating something like a genre-salad and its usually bad. Here we have the same thing but it works, it works so freaking well. First of all the art is a combination of manga and classic comics style. Now to the story. It starts like a music romance-comedy and then out of nowhere comes out a fighting scene!! Oh and I just love how his opponent drops money after he defeat him.
The story is about Scott, a 23 year old boy who’s a
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twentysomethings in an entertaining dance of romance, awkwardness, hyper self-deprecation, and quirky humor, with light elements of comic super heroism. Glad I finally got around to this.
Jeannette Nikolova
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

I watched the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie years ago and it was real love. For a while it topped the “Jeannette’s Favourite Movies” list. (Even as I’m writing this, I have a strong urge to re-watch it.)

Therefore, it’s probably completely understandable that I absolutely loved this book. It was fan-tastic! And obviously while they were making the movie, they paid huge attention to detail, because even though I had forgotten some moments and scenes, it w

Okay. So. Here’s the problem I have with this comic: I have seen it’s movie counterpart nearly 100 times. I can quote it word for word, and I loved it because it was cool to see a comic like movie. With that being said, I think it may have ruined any potential enjoyment I would have gotten from this comic had I not seen the movie.

It should be pointed out that the comic basically acted as the movies script, and was nearly word for word from comic to screen. I guess I was hoping for more chara
(DISTANCE SHOT. MANNY is typing on his laptop)

MANNY: (typing) It's EXACTLY the same as the first half of the movie Scott Pilgrim Versus The World. Just uncannily like. Except that it isn't as well-drawn or funny.

(NEW ANGLE. More typing)

MANNY: (typing) To be honest, I feel a little ripped-off. I know that's completely illogical since the book came first, and I should be, you know, like praising its originality and wit, without which the movie would never have been. But all the same.

Wow Scott is a real dick. Having a girlfriend and then going for another girl? Seriously? I hate that kind of attitude in books/manga/graphic novels so this is -2 stars for that. -1 star for the slightly boring story.

I have been meaning to read this book/comic for some time, lots of people seem to like it and I loved Bryan Lee O'Malley's previous book named: Seconds. However this was just a disappointment.

We have a main character named Scott Pilgrim and he is pretty useless. Lives with a friend,
This is a black and white graphic novel about a self-absorbed 23 year old boy. There is a scene at the end where Scott has a big fight with an ex-boyfriend of his current crush that is epic. The series is set up to be Scott having to fight 7 evil ex-boyfriends for the hand of Ramona.

He is also dating a 17 year old high schooler who he wants to break up with. I actually enjoy this series and I don't know that I like Scott all that much. I like his gay roommate Wallace better. Wallace is an assho
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well that was different!

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life is a funny graphic novel to review, not because it was laugh out loud funny but because it was a bit 'meh'.

I have had time to reflect upon it, and having originally awarded it 4 stars, I have downgraded it to 3. There are several reasons why I have done this:

1) Despite O'Malley's cute illustrations, most of his characters look the same, and unless he drastically changes their hair, their facial features are mirrors of each other. Thes
Prabhjot Kaur
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Scott Pilgrim is dating a seventeen year old high schooler. He is twenty three himself and his friends think that he is only dating her to get over his last breakup over a year ago. Scott is in between jobs and he is also in a band called Bob-omb.

Scott dreams of a girl and then also happen to meet her in real life. He is smitten with her and tries to find more information about her. He finds out that her name is Ramona Flowers and she delivers for Amazon. He orders some CDs from Amazon to meet
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I can't believe it's been ten years since Scott Pilgrim was published and at least five since I discovered Bryan Lee O'Malley's truly original concept.

I've started rereading this series earlier today and it was just as fresh as I discovered. Scott Pilgrim was this shallow guy dating high school girls and mooching off his roommate; but one could just not help root for him. Especially when he falls for the mysterious Ramona Flowers and because now he started dating her, now has to fight her seve
Brian Yahn
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Everything about Scott Pilgrim is fun.

There's a feel to it. It's in the mood. The illustrations give the world this video-game vibe. And the premise seems like something out straight out of a video game.

Scott Pilgram has to defeat his love interest's seven evil-ex boyfriends. In this book, we only meet one evil-ex, but the way Scott defeats him, through song, is incredibly fun.

But even with everything the series had going for it, I'm not sure I'll continue. In the first installment, I wanted to
Bryce Wilson
Nov 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adrift 20 somethings, indie rock/cult movie/videogame fans, geeks
Shelves: comics
Lovely mix of Hornbyesque Lad lit, Steven Chow style comedy, and Simon & Garfunklesque post adolescent melancholy. Worked nicely as a palate cleanser after the wrist slitter that was Into The Wild.

It's funny and imaginitave without being twee, honest without being obvious, and sweetly sad without drowning in ennui. It's a precious little book. Even if like me comics aren't quite your thing.
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Bryan Lee O'Malley is a Canadian cartoonist. His first original graphic novel was Lost at Sea (2003), and he is best-known for the six-volume Scott Pilgrim series (2004 to 2010). All of his Scott Pilgrim graphic novels were published by Portland, Oregon-based Oni Press. In July 2014 his graphic novel Seconds was released by Ballantine Books. He is also a songwriter and musician (as Kupek and forme ...more

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