Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Spoiler Free, I promise!!

Oh Scott, how I will miss thee. This is a hard one to review. I reviewed the first five books in the Scott Pilgrim series in sort of one big lump review a while back and to review this one as a stand alone would sort of blow the ending, so I won’t do that. But this is the end 😦 When I got this book in the mail I was both filled with joy and a little saddened too, knowing that there wouldn’t be anymore Scott Pilgrim books after this one. So I turned the pages as slowly as I could, sucking in every detail of O’Malley’s wonderfully endearing, entertaining, zany and true to form comic.

For a VERY brief explanation of what this series is about, Scott, a 20 something guy with little motivation aside from video games and the occasional band practice, falls for the mysterious and super cool Ramona Flowers. But in order to be with her, he must first defeat her seven even exes. And oh no…lest you think that this is some mech/samurai/anime type thing that you surely won’t like (though I happen to enjoy those things as well :p), it is not. These battles take place in night clubs, city streets, shopping malls and libraries often right after Scott has had conversations with his gay roommate Wallace Wells or band practice with his friends Stephen and Kim for their band Sex Bombomb.

Is this series the deepest most meaningful thing that I’ve ever read? No. Did it bring me to tears on every page and did I learn tons of life lessons from reading it? No. But there is a certain something about this series that I just can’t put my hand on that I love so much. I think it captures, through Scott, that sort of in between place that a lot of twenty somethings find themselves. When Scott isn’t battling Ramona’s exes, he’s really just trying to figure out what the hell he is doing. And I remember that period of my life clear as day. I think I’m still there sometimes. In fact, I know I am. Everyone is giving Scott advice on what to do, where he should live, what he should be, who he should be with. And it seems that everyone else has their stuff together. Knows themselves. Though we eventually learn that that’s not the case. Everyone goes through this.

While I can’t relate EXACTLY to Scott’s experience in this book and to his circle of friends, there are things I can relate to. There’s a feeling I can relate to. On top of that, O’Malley just made me smile on nearly every page. He opens the book with Scott wearing a Smashing Pumpkins shirt and towards the end of the series, we see the same thing. Some things don’t change. There are so many awesome video game references made throughout the whole series. The humor is just top notch. And then there are some gems of touching moments throughout the book as well. True moments of looking inward.

So am I getting sappy over this humorous, light hearted series? Yes I am. Because underneath that humor, O’Malley says a lot. And he gave us characters that I’m really going to miss. A lot.

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10 Responses

  1. I wanted to re-read the first 5 books before jumping in to the 6th. I read the first 4 in one large clump and enjoyed it more than reading the 5th after a long period of time. There are too many characters for me to remember. Anyway, I didn’t read your post (to avoid spoilers), but I hope you enjoyed it.

  2. Hey Colin! There’s no spoilers in my review, I promise! I don’t even really talk about the book much…just about the series. Really liked it! I wish I would’ve reread the series first though.

  3. I tried reading the first one of these and I just couldn’t get into it. Something about the art, it was too busy or something, I had a hard time focusing on it. 😦

  4. I don’t know why, but I have this awful feeling that I’m just too old for these. I know that’s a ridiculous thing to say…I hate that I even think that! I never get those kinds of thoughts about books marketed as YA. Never. Because I gain so much from so many books labeled YA. Lots of those feelings happen throughout life. So much depth and reality and connection. So why do I get this feeling about this series?!! It makes me mad at myself. I wonder if part of it is that I feel I won’t really get all the cultural references or something. Or more likely, I’m just being stupid. 😦

  5. Amanda, I feel so alone in loving these books :p LOL…Sorry you couldn’t get into them…they’re definitely their own unique style. If I remember right, you weren’t a big fan of Lost at Sea either, right? I’m thinking O’Malley just isn’t your cup of tea!

    Debi, I don’t think you’d be too old for it at all!!! It is indeed a ridiculous thing to say! :p Aside from the video game references, I think the feelings that go through these books are pretty universal. And hey, I sent Annie the first book awhile back, so you can go borrow it from her and see if you’d like it 😉

  6. Yeah, I must admit I’ve been tempted to go “steal” it from her shelf a time or two…but then that “I’m too old” feeling creeps back in. Don’t worry, I really am going to give it a go one of these days though…how could I not, knowing you love them so.

  7. Waaaaaaaaaaaaait–is this the stories that the new Michael Cera movie is based on? Well, the movie looks great anyway. Just the perfect amount of cheese and love.

  8. Um, bad grammar Trish. Are these the stories…

  9. Debi, You totally should just try it :p It would take you like two seconds to read this one :p

    Trish, Yep!!! It is indeed the same series 😀 I’m super excited about the movie. I hope they did a good job on it. I think you’d like the GN series!

  10. Although it might not do justice to the comics, I am looking forward to catching the film when it comes out. I haven’t read these, which I am certain is a shame, and I just might need to go back and do so after the film. I have read other stories where O’Malley has done the art and I’ve enjoyed his take on the characters.

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