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Picking up where Absolute Beginners left off, Bleu finds herself pent up with a heavy dose of teenage lust Not content with Alan and Victor's pathetic attempts to woo her, she grabs Clover and hits the town in a side-splitting search for some real boys, only to discover that there aren't any With only one prime candidate in Bleu's mind - her history teacher Mr. Bishop - Picking up where Absolute Beginners left off, Bleu finds herself pent up with a heavy dose of teenage lust Not content with Alan and Victor's pathetic attempts to woo her, she grabs Clover and hits the town in a side-splitting search for some real boys, only to discover that there aren't any With only one prime candidate in Bleu's mind - her history teacher Mr. Bishop - she finally makes the decision to tell him how she really feels, but things don't always go as planned in the crazy, mixed up world of Bleu L. Finnegan.


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Picking up where Absolute Beginners left off, Bleu finds herself pent up with a heavy dose of teenage lust Not content with Alan and Victor's pathetic attempts to woo her, she grabs Clover and hits the town in a side-splitting search for some real boys, only to discover that there aren't any With only one prime candidate in Bleu's mind - her history teacher Mr. Bishop - Picking up where Absolute Beginners left off, Bleu finds herself pent up with a heavy dose of teenage lust Not content with Alan and Victor's pathetic attempts to woo her, she grabs Clover and hits the town in a side-splitting search for some real boys, only to discover that there aren't any With only one prime candidate in Bleu's mind - her history teacher Mr. Bishop - she finally makes the decision to tell him how she really feels, but things don't always go as planned in the crazy, mixed up world of Bleu L. Finnegan.

30 review for Blue Monday Volume 4: Painted Moon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    For me, Blue Monday is an odd book. It's never really a favorite, but it's always interesting enough that I'm willing to pick up the next book. On one hand, it wallows in 80s music that I hate and is clearly inspired by 80s movies that I find boring. On the other, the characters are very infectious and Chynna does a good job twisting around the various relationships in interesting ways. Of all the characters, Clover is the one that I can't quite form an opinion of. She's absolutely essential to For me, Blue Monday is an odd book. It's never really a favorite, but it's always interesting enough that I'm willing to pick up the next book. On one hand, it wallows in 80s music that I hate and is clearly inspired by 80s movies that I find boring. On the other, the characters are very infectious and Chynna does a good job twisting around the various relationships in interesting ways. Of all the characters, Clover is the one that I can't quite form an opinion of. She's absolutely essential to the book, because she's the only proactive character. Nothing would happen if she weren't around to instigate things. On the other hand, her Irishness doesn't really click for me. Maybe because it seems like such a drunken, loud Irish stereotype. I like her and I don't, but she certainly keeps the book moving. Victor is the most sympathetic character, I feel. Unlike Alan, he's a genuinely nice guy, and I feel that Chynna does the best job portraying him as a truly emotionally confused teenager, which the rest lapse into stereotype (funny stereotype, but stereotype nonetheless) more frequently. The artwork is kinetic, frantic and still clear. Although the jokes can be a mixed bag, Blue Monday remains a hoot, and despite some feeling that the characters aren't all quite deep enough to keep my interest for another book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shalor T.

    Like another reviewer said, this book is actually the third one as far as plot chronology goes. However, the book is essential in showing us more of the characters and their lives. In Painted Moon we see that Bleu is having more than a little trouble trying to get to sleep. Her friends are more than willing to help her with suggestions, but it's Erin's suggestion that really shocked her: masturbation. When the group is shocked to discover that Blue (and also Victor) have never "taken things into Like another reviewer said, this book is actually the third one as far as plot chronology goes. However, the book is essential in showing us more of the characters and their lives. In Painted Moon we see that Bleu is having more than a little trouble trying to get to sleep. Her friends are more than willing to help her with suggestions, but it's Erin's suggestion that really shocked her: masturbation. When the group is shocked to discover that Blue (and also Victor) have never "taken things into hand", they emphasise that they both should try it. While Victor's attempts weren't as successful, Bleu's attempt succeeds in not only getting her to sleep but also introducing her to a whole new world: BOYS. (Before that she'd liked guys, but she'd never felt the frustration that many of her school mates went through.) As a result of her new blossoming sexuality, Bleu decides that she's finally going to do something she's always wanted to do, and that's confess to Mr. Griffin! Also in this book the tension (not the good type) rises as Erin continues to attempt to steal Alan's affections, culminating in an ending that shocks all of the characters. The series has always been a bit on the edge, so it's surprising that some people have had a problem with this volume. (In previous volumes the characters have discussed sex to a minor degree, as well as had some quasi-adult situations.) Parents may worry, but the book is still appropriate for your teenager. Clugston-Major's work may push the envelope from time to time, but never very far. My only complaint is that the next volume isn't coming out fast enough!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiamatty

    This is probably the strongest volume of Blue Monday. Taking place before Inbetween Days, it has a broad focus that never feels like it's meandering. As with the earlier volumes, it's primarily about friendship and romance. Chynna writes the teenagers well. They feel authentic. She's got a good insight into high schoolers. The art is good, too. All four volumes are a great read, and it's interesting seeing Chynna develop as a writer. It's a bit of a shame that this is the final volume, as it This is probably the strongest volume of Blue Monday. Taking place before Inbetween Days, it has a broad focus that never feels like it's meandering. As with the earlier volumes, it's primarily about friendship and romance. Chynna writes the teenagers well. They feel authentic. She's got a good insight into high schoolers. The art is good, too. All four volumes are a great read, and it's interesting seeing Chynna develop as a writer. It's a bit of a shame that this is the final volume, as it would've been cool to see where the story went from here. I feel like these characters had some stories left in them. Still, there are worse things a story can do than leave you wanting more. So I would highly recommend this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Korynn

    Blue Monday is Archie with real teens and swearing. In this case, a small core group of outsiders in high school, bonded by their oddity and ability to banter with each other. In this book, a direct follow-up from Absolute Beginners (you can skip Inbetween Days, it follows Painted Moon)we see Bleu trying to cope with the fall-out of events from the last volume and dealing with such never mentioned teenage issues as sexual orientation and masturbation. Although a veneer of shallow baiting masks Blue Monday is Archie with real teens and swearing. In this case, a small core group of outsiders in high school, bonded by their oddity and ability to banter with each other. In this book, a direct follow-up from Absolute Beginners (you can skip Inbetween Days, it follows Painted Moon)we see Bleu trying to cope with the fall-out of events from the last volume and dealing with such never mentioned teenage issues as sexual orientation and masturbation. Although a veneer of shallow baiting masks the teens true intentions there is some real heart underneath.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Book four in the Blue Monday series (plotwise, right after Absolute Beginners). Desperate to meet some "normal" guys, Bleu and Clover go out for a night on the town. Unfortunately, they don't have much luck. Erin gives Victor some bad advice in order to improve her own love life, and the tension between Clover and Victor continues to build.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Better than volume 3, but still just ok. Volume 1 was cute, volume 2 fell a bit short, and then it just got unnecessarily crude. I'm disappointed, but if this is the direction it was to go, I'm glad she's moved on to other projects.

  7. 5 out of 5

    scarlettraces

    6 stars. totally awesome. you know what i'm talking about.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Akemi

    Just simply loved it... simple story, really funny and music that I love, what else can I ask for? That it is my hope that it finish soon

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cc

  11. 4 out of 5

    Max

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nyssa

  13. 4 out of 5

    Oryx

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary K

  18. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

  19. 5 out of 5

    Arooj

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

  21. 4 out of 5

    L.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adam Berry

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jaime the Wizzard

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Todd

  25. 5 out of 5

    Candice M (tinylibrarian)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mitch Brown

  27. 5 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kylethoreau

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela Wheeler

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