Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Scott Pilgrim: Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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Everything is totally sweet.  Scott Pilgrim's life is so awesome.  He's 23 years old, in a rock band, "between jobs," and dating a cute high school girl.  Everything's fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties.  But the path to Ms. Flowers isn't covered in rose petals.  Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends stand in the way between Scott and true happiness.  Can Scott beat the bad guys and get the girl without turning his precious little life upside-down?


I loved this!  There is something wonderful about reading the story of someone your own age, and as a drifting 23-year-old myself, I sympathized and laughed with Scott Pilgrim.  New Adult Lit is becoming a genre of its own, and this manga series would fit the bill perfectly. 

One of my favorite kinds of fantasy is when the fantastic and the mundane collide, and everyone is like, "so what? this is totally normal."  Such is the case here.  I was mislead into thinking that a girl rollerblading through Scott's dreams was freaking him out, and this would be a story of him discovering the craziness of fantasy.  And then one of Ramona's evil ex-boyfriends shows up, and he promptly jumps into video game fighting style, pummeling his opponent in the air and using special moves to destroy him.  So....the mix of reality and fantasy was already firmly established, and is just a sidenote to the story.  Best.

Scott's sence of humor and awesomeness was right up my alley.  O'Malley has excellent dry humor, and I laughed out loud several times.  The drawings are fantastic.  Basically, I loved everything.

However, this is definitely a young adult (or really, new adult!) manga.  Not for kids who have finished Naruto and are looking for something new. 

Five out of five crappy rock bands.

Release Date: August 2004
Reading Level: Grade 9+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: GRAPHIC OMA

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