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

Posted October 5, 2017 by Amber in Reviews / 2 Comments

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Series: Scott Pilgrim #1
Publisher: Oni Press on August 18, 2004
Genre: Graphic Novel, Humor
Target Age Group: New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★

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Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rockband, he's "between jobs" and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.


I’m not a big graphic novel person.

I feel like graphic novels are usually too quick, and they leave me wanting more.  I can appreciate the effort that goes into the artwork and what not, I’ve just never really connected with this.  But I really wanted to read the Scott Pilgrims graphic novels.  I love this franchise and I needed to see how it compared to the movie.  Hey guys guess what?  Scott Pilgrim is pretty fantastic.

The dialogue is basically what you would expect.

Scott’s life is massively not-put-together.  He’s dating a high schooler (he’s 23), he lives with his best friend (who owns everything in their apartment except one “lame poster”).  His little sister has a better job than him (Scott is “between jobs”).  Scott’s life just isn’t going well.  There’s a lot of conversation about how Scott’s life seems to be derailed.  Scott, unsurprisingly, sees nothing wrong with the way things are going.  In the discussion of Scott’s utter failure to LIFE, I really like Kim.  Kim is the band’s drummer (“WE ARE SEX BA-BOMBS!”) and she has no problem telling it like it is.

This book isn’t going to win any brownie points for intriguing philosophical discussion.  But it’s fun.  And also Scott is so stupid you have to feel a bit anxious for him.

The artwork is simple and subtly clever.

One thing I really appreciated about this novel is that the artwork isn’t overwhelming.  You get some graphic novels with all sorts of shading and line art and it’s really difficult to focus because chaos surrounds you.  With Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, that’s not a concern.

Additionally, I really enjoyed the subtle nuances that Bryan Lee O’Malley included in the artwork?  In-drawing footnotes and even chords to the Sex Ba-Bomb’s first song can be found if you search hard enough.  And, of course, he’s constantly making fun of the lameness of Scott’s existence.

This book is short and quick.

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life definitely did not satiate my need for a bigger, deeper book.  The story line ends right after Scott fights Matthew Patel – the first evil ex.  The closest thing we get to closure is Ramona explaining herself.  I wanted more.  Fortunately I have all the books, so I can plug on, but I think I would have been massively frustrated if I had to wait a year for volume two.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★
Pacing: ★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★


Scott pilgrim’s precious little life stays on the Shelf

While I don’t read a lot of manga, I appreciate how quick and easy of a read it is, and Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life is one I’d go back to because I enjoy the story – a video game in real life – and I really like Ramona.  As far as manga goes, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life and the adjoining series is a really short one – only six volumes – so this doesn’t take up a lot of space on my shelf.


Have you read the Scott Pilgrim series?

Have you ever fallen in love with someone you swear you’ve seen in your dreams?

What was the last small-band gig you attended?

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2 responses to “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

    • Amber

      Aw, thanks! It was loads of fun – of course I already know the story pretty well (the film actually does an excellent job sticking to the panels… sometimes exactly!) so I was really able to enjoy the intricacies in the artwork? That was great.

      Happy reading to you too, Chloe! <3