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Blue Monday Vol. 2: Absolute Beginners (Blue Monday #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  637 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Things start off bad as a costume party goes all wrong, and the brain-damaged, hormonally-challenged boys videotape Bleu in the bath. From there, Bleu and Clover will stop at nothing to get the tape back, while Erin makes it her personal mission to make sure everything stays screwed up! You see, this deranged action is actually a mating ritual in Alan and Victor's eyes, an ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 12th 2001 by Oni Press
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Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
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May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Friends
I really enjoyed reading the first individual issues I picked up all those years ago, and definitely recommend reading this part of the series. It works fine as a stand alone book.

I find Chynna Clugston-Major's art pleasant and very amusing. I think she captures all the characters, and the point of the story really well.

Highly enjoyable read if you're not easily offended and love situation comedies with a true touch of character! ;)
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novel
What if Archie and the gang were mods, punks, and rude boys?
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Still fun.
A...fairly accurate depiction of high schoolers, which is to say it's about children being horrible to each other and screwing up both their lives and other people's. It wasn't my kind of thing, but it'll appeal more to actual teens, I expect. The coloring is excellent!
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nineties kids
Recommended to Skjam! by: Goodreads
Disclaimer:  I received this volume through a Goodreads giveaway for the purpose of writing this review.  No other compensation was offered or requested.

Bleu L. Finnegan isn’t precisely your normal high school girl growing up in 1990s Northern California.  For one thing, there’s the blue hair, which she’s had since at least elementary school (though it’s not clear if it’s natural.)  She’s also way more into then-contemporary musicians than the average person, and most of the people she hangs out
Paul Allard
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
1990s adolescents and their problems – continued in this volume

With cartoon-type illustrations, this comic collection deals with adolescents in the 1990s, their problems with relationships, with rivalries, with crushes and Bleu's crush on one of her teachers as well as an unfortunate incident at a party.

It's quite fun and reasonably entertaining although would suit the American reader more than others as there are many references to US culture / high school life. It all gets a bit tiresome unles
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Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, indie-comics
A fun story about teenage crushes. There's plenty of good humour, even if it does go completely off the rails with the addition of a giant talking sea otter that only Bleu and Clover can see. It's a little less out of place given the cartoonish violence. The humour often extends to the margins, as little doodles are sometimes included; quite a few feature the editor, Jamie Rich. The art is very manga-esque, and adds to the overall silliness. This isn't as good as the first volume, but it's still ...more
Book two in the Blue Monday series.

After her friends Alan and Victor videotape Bleu taking a bath and then spread rumors all over school, Bleu wants revenge. A "hooligan rules" soccer match takes place with Clover getting some payback. What neither girl realizes is that Alan actually LIKES Bleu; yes, like THAT, and wants to ask her out.

When a kilt-wearing Pooka shows up on their date, disaster and hilarity make it a night Bleu will never forget.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG, this is getting better... can't wait to read the next one. I got to confess that I love the clothing of the main character and her friend I mean I was so mod too, that remined me so much of my own closet
Another decent volume from Blue Monday. I wouldn't say the level of crudeness increased, but the quantity did. The stories were decent, and I enjoyed it well enough, but the first volume's Adam Ant story arc had this one beat.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Mmm pretty darn enjoyable but not as good as the first volume.
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
it was interesting reading these in quick succession, it's clear that clugston was learning and applying that learning. no. 4 really deserves a 6, it's that amazing.
Joy Barr
Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Archie for indie rock kids.
Oh, the name drops!
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any story with a giant otter pooka spirit animal gets 5 stars. Lol.
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