Was there any doubt I’d give this five stars? Well, I guess if you don’t know me personally, sure.
Scott Pilgrim is one of those stories that you either really LOVE or you really HATE, I’ve found. I am one of those that really love it! The story is just fun. You feel like, at some point or another in your life, you know someone just like the characters. The humor just slays me because it’s so drab and blah…and if you’re not careful you might miss it!
I was glad to see what I adore about the movies came almost directly from the book. Book one covers the beginning: Scott, the 23 year old, is living a miserable life in Toronto. He’s dating a high schooler…yeah, a catholic school girl high school student, named Knives. His roommate is Wallace, who’s gay and dating Scott. Not the original Scott, I should say. Scott’s younger sister, Stacey, is still the better, smarter Pilgrim sibling. And he’s in this band that knows no more than three guitar chords and has a girl drummer as their hook.
But hold on Stephen Stills, Kim Pine, and Young Neil…The other band has a girl drummer, too.
The art is adorable! My editions are the full-color hardbacks, but I am so tempted to get the Black and White versions just so I can color them in. (And all the Pilgrim Purists all stare at me in shock and horror when I tell them that. Of course, I am just now reading this story, so…)
Scott does get to meet Ramona Flowers in this book. Yay! And he gets to find out about her Seven Evil Exes. Yep. Seven.
It all ends with the somewhat epic battle between Matthew Patel and Scott. Ends like it does in the movie. Ish. It made me laugh the same, for sure.
This edition also includes the bonus material in the back. I found out that Scott and I share a birthday. That most of these characters are based on someone Bryan Lee O’Malley knew IRL, some are purely fiction…the floor-plans and drawings and explanations take this book above and beyond just the typical Scott Pilgrim book 1. Definitely bonus!
I do rec this story, whether you’ve seen the movie or not. SO worth it.
*A JANU-RANDOM READ* Only seen the movie a zillion times and I’m just now reading them. Thanks for the books, Santa!