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Review: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (Vol. 1)

>>Sunday, July 18, 2010

Title: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (Vol. 1)
Author: Bryan Lee O'Malley
Pages: Not Numbered
Genre: Graphic Novel - Comedy/Action/Romance
Rating: B+

From Goodreads:
Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rock band, he's "between jobs," and he's dating a cute high school girl....more Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rock band, 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 turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.

This book starts off as a slice-of-life story set in Toronto (yay, a Canadian author!) that is pretty normal until some cool elements are introduced. Such as Ramona skating through his dreams (literally) and at the end, Scott battling an ex-boyfriend some mix of anime slash video game style. I thought that was pretty clever and also interesting because this book has such a "normal" feel to it, until these weird things just happen. It makes you wonder what else the author has up his sleeve.

I found that the writing was good. The author captures a lot of moments I think many of us have with friends and relationships and shows it in a funny way. I thought it was quite funny and laughed out loud many times. A great example is when Scott meets Ramona. She's a good heroine in the story: even though she is using Scott's dreams she is very stand-offish towards him at first and this creates some comedic moments.

The art great; at a glance it seems very simple and sparse and in a cartoon style but I think it was really well done and enhanced the action and feelings of the characters. The only gripe I had with it was at first it was hard to distinguish the rather large cast of characters due to the minimal style. But it's worth it.

I recommend this to anyone who has any interest in geeky things or is just interested in a slice of life comedy with some fantasy. My only problem is I wished it lasted longer. It's a quick read (I read the volume in 30 minutes) but I look forward to the next installment.

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