Genre: Contemporary/Graphic Novels
Release Date: 8/18/2004
About the Book: Scott Pilgrim is 23, unemployed, living with a roommate, and playing in a band (which isn't all that good). He's dating Knives Chau (who's 17 and Scott's friends can't help but tease him over the fact that she's still in high school). When Scott meets Ramona Flowers, a hipster rollerblading delivery girl for Amazon.com, Scott is smitten. Only catch is, if he wants to date Ramona, he's going to have to fight off her seven evil ex-boyfriends...
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Sounds weird, I know, but it's tons of fun! I first heard about this through Unshelved and one of their special book club Sunday strips. I was intriged, so I did some research and found out there's a movie based on the books being filmed starring Michael Cera as Scott and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona (who I know as Gwen Grayson in Sky High) So of course after all that info, I had to check this series out.
It's quirky, it's fun, and I love that the author puts in little jokes (at the party where Scott and Ramona meet, someone mentions that she shares the name of Ramona Quimby). As to why Scott has to fight off the evil ex-boyfriends, not much known after the first volume (there will be six in all). But that doesn't stop me from pushing aside any logic and enjoying the fun ride. All the side characters are fun and I think as the series progresses, everyone will be fleshed out more. It may be a story about Scott and Ramona, but everyone seems to shine.
The only thing that sort of bugged me was the relationship between Scott and Knives. It didn't bother me so much that she was 17 to his 23 (they haven't even held hands in the beginning and I think Scott is dating her because he's lonely) but I didn't know why we had to have two relationships start at the beginning. I would have preferred it to be a story just about Scott and Ramona and not have the girlfriend factor in there. Ah well, adds to some of the drama I guess.
If you're going to be checking out Scott Pilgrim, I suggest trying to get your hands on the five released volumes. When I was finished I wanted to pick up number two and keep reading, but now I'm on the hold list at my library, so now I must wait.
Also, fun trivia fact-Bryan Lee O'Malley is married to Hope Larson, who is the author of tween graphic novel Chiggers.