Item description for Blue Monday, Vol. 4: Painted Moon by Chynna Clugston-Major...
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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 30, 2005
Publisher Oni Press
ISBN 1932664114 ISBN13 9781932664119
Reviews - What do customers think about Blue Monday, Vol. 4: Painted Moon?
Very good! Jul 6, 2008
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!
good but nothing new Aug 9, 2005
I love Chynna's work and am addicted to blue monday but this title is actually a prequal to inbetween days and just furthers the tension between clover and victor. Its not essential but still a good read.