Facing Evil Exes

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

Sometimes in life you need some light entertainment from your bookshelf and when that time hits… Scott Pilgrim should be your next go-to guy! He isn’t worried that his band is coasting or that he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. He’s a 23-year-old who bums around from day to day sponging off his flatmate and landlord until he encounters one girl (no, not his high-school girlfriend I hasten to add…) who turns his life from ordinary to extraordinary.

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life is a quirky graphic novel that follows its protagonist’s lead in not taking itself too seriously – it’s hipster and sarcastic with classic and cultural references galore! However, worry not it’s still measured and simple enough in its delivery that it won’t alienate readers. It was an exceptionally speedy and entertaining read with witty dialogue and fun, interesting characters which sets up the series nicely.

Despite being a very fun character to read about, I did find it very difficult to actually like Scott. He’s very much someone who expects things to happen to or for him and is happy to manipulate situations and take advantage of people – not something I can admire I’m afraid! However whilst Scott wasn’t exactly a character I could connect to, I found Ramona Flowers utterly fascinating! I mean, living in a world in which your ex still exists can be hard enough but imagine a world where all your exes not only exist but are evil and any new boyfriend has to do battle with them in order to date you… amazingly awkward!

I imagine I will dip in and out of this series when I need some light-hearted fun, if not to catch up with SP but to find more about a colourful yet mysterious girl and her interesting past!

3 star


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