Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Book Info
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
© 2004 Oni Press, Inc., Portland, OR
ISBN 978-1932664089

Plot Summary
Scott Pilgrim is just your average twenty-three year old Canadian slacker. He lives with his gay roommate and best friend, plays bass in a rock band, and has an adorable high school girlfriend who adores him. Scott thinks his life is pretty awesome, until a gorgeous and fashionable mystery girl on rollerblades starts invading his dreams and then turns his life upside down when he sees her delivering packages at the library in real life. Soon after, she shows up at a party thrown by a mutual friend and he discovers that she is an American named Ramona Flowers who is working as a delivery girl for Amazon.ca. Scott has to make this dream girl his, no matter what the cost. So, he starts by ordering a package, starting him on the quest for her heart. Little does he know, she comes with some baggage in the form of seven evil ex-boyfriends who Scott must defeat in order to be able to call Ramona his girlfriend. Can a freeloader like Scott reign victorious? Or will he be love’s martyr?

Reader’s Annotation
Scott Pilgrim is just your average twenty-three year old slacker barely getting by, but his life turns upside down the mysterious Amazon delivery girl Ramona Flowers moves to town. Can he face certain death in the form of her seven evil ex-boyfriends to win her heart?

Critical Evaluation
Scott Pilgrim provided my first introduction to manga, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is fun, engaging and easy to read with interesting and complex characters that the reader will fall in love with. The book is definitely geared towards the indie crowd and those who have a love for video games, though in the world of comic books this is likely the norm. The book is chock-full of obscure as well as blatant references, making it a fun challenge to try and pick them all out. The dialog is very well written and complimentary to the also impressive artistic style.

Information about the Author
Bryan Lee O’Malley was born on February 21, 1979 in London, Ontario, Canada. Growing up, he realized that he his love of creating comics was the only thing in his life that he continually wanted to do, and decided to make it his vocation. He has pursued other interests such as film making in college, and creating music under the band name Kupek, a band in which there is only one member, namely O’Malley.

O’Malley started his main career in comics by doing illustrating and lettering work for Oni Press, then went on to release his first OGN, Lost at Sea, also through Oni. These set the stage for his next project: the Scott Pilgrim series – which would become his main vocation for the next six years.

Currently he resides in Los Angeles with his wife and fellow cartoonist Hope Larson.

Visit the author’s website.

Genre
Manga, Graphic Novel

Curriculum Ties
N/A

Booktalking Ideas
If you had a subspace suitcase, what would you keep in it?

How could Scott have better handled the situation with Knives Chau, having pursued Ramona while still technically dating Knives? Were his decisions wrong, or would you argue the case of true love?

Reading Level/ Interest Age
14+

Challenge Issues

  • Potentially inappropriate age difference for the Scott/Knives relationship.
    • Scott – 23, Knives – 17

Defense options

  • Be aware of your library’s collection development policy.
  • Be familiar with the material in question, and the context of the questionable content.
  • Assert the principles of the ALA Library Bill of Rights, and standards of intellectual freedom.
  • Consult online book reviews, and others who have read the book.
    • The book is set in Canada, which might have different laws regarding consent. Nothing sexual occurs between Scott and Knives, and he moves on to a more adult relationship.

Why Included?
After reading this series I absolutely fell in love with it and can see how it would appeal to teens, so including it was pretty much a must. It’s just an overall fun read that teens will enjoy and potentially relate to.

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