Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Teen Review: Graphic Novel

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
192 pages

Graphic Novel – Action / Romantic Comedy
Vol. 1 of 6
9th grade and up
Reviewed by M.K., 12th grade


Scott Pilgrim is an average Canadian slacker fresh into his 20s. With hardly an idea what to do with his life should his band, “Sex Bob-omb,” fail to reach the heights for which he hopes, he begins to dream of a strangely beautiful girl with colorful hair. He eventually meets Ramona Flowers, the girl of his dreams (literally), in the flesh. As they build a relationship, Ramona talks about her life and important aspects of it, such as the recent break-up that led to her moving to Canada, and oh, the fact that she can travel through an alternate dimension. Scott falls head over heels for Ramona, but he is about to find out that dating her won't be easy. As supernatural forces come into play, Scott must fight strange battles to win the rights to his soulmate.


Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1 is just the start of an incredibly unusual series of graphic novels. The characters, such as Scott's gay roommate and Ramona's ex-boyfriend, are all so varied and different that it's a joy just getting to know them, let alone reading about their crazy involvement in Scott's story. The story is interesting, blending all types of genres into one, and the writing is fun to read and humorous, especially for today's teenagers. Besides that, the graphic illustrations are out of this world. With vivid colors that pop, Bryan Lee O'Malley has created a great-looking world. He's combined the look of comic books, retro video games, and other different aspects to build a strange environment, especially in the action scenes. In fact, if there's one word I'd use to describe Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life and the chapters that follow, it would definitely be unique!

My Rating: 5/5

Editor's note: The library owns all six volumes of this series, as well as the DVD of the movie based on the series.

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