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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me

Graphic Novel - 2019
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Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy's best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it's really Laura Dean that's the problem. Maybe it's Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love. Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781250312846
1250312841
9781626722590
Characteristics: 289 pages : illustrations ; 14 cm

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Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.--From the publisher

Printz Honor Book

"A lovely and lively story of first love and friendship with gorgeous art." -Natalie. Recommended for: romance fans, graphic novel fans


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FPL_Jenni Apr 17, 2021

In conclusion, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me is a incredibly relatable LGBTQ+ graphic novel that portrays toxic behaviors within a relationship. Tamaki highlights the importance of friendships and having a community that accepts and supports you. Valero-O'Connell’s illustrations are realistic and expressive, perfectly complementing the tenderness and honesty within Tamaki’s storytelling. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me is an outstanding novel that deserves all of its praise and awards. Not only does it provide representation to a wide variety of people, including ethnic minorities and LGBTQ+ members, it also provides a heart wrenchingly relatable story. Definitely a graphic novel that will invoke a lot of emotions within its readers.

I loved how this book didn't shy away from big issues. There's discussion or plot material surrounding toxic relationships, abortion, and others, and it always felt natural in the story. This isn't an easy graphic novel, or really even that cute or charming, because the subject matter is quite heavy, but I think that's the point.

JCLJenV Jan 28, 2021

No matter who you're dating, they should treat you with respect. Another great graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki!

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 11, 2021

I thought this was going to be a sweet and cute read but it goes into abusive relationships and abortions. I think it is a much needed book and I had some wonderful inclusivity but it was definitely heavier than I was expecting.

I think it is important for young people to read about problematic relationships in a way that helps them recognise them in real life and maybe show them that are strong enough to leave and not an idiot for wanting to stay.

It was also lovely to see a book exploring friendships, both of themselves and how they are affected by abusive relationships.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 07, 2020

“Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me” by Mariko Tamaki is an interesting story overall. It’s a graphic novel about 2 people that break up constantly and one figures out her worth and decides to better herself for the sake of her and her friends.
I’d say it’s interesting because it keeps you reading and actually wanting to read more. It made me want to see what happened to her and her friends.
There’s definitely representation for the LGBTQ+ community which I think is great! And in a way I relate to the main character because she’s in a part of her life that’s very confusing and frustrating. I’m in the process of questioning my sexuality and I feel that this story puts light on the part of me and other people who are questioning themselves for whatever reason.
I also feel the message in Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is to never take the people you love for granted.
Finally, you can find this as an ebook (Hoopla).
I’d rate this a 4.5/5 stars! It had a couple small boring parts but it’s a fast read and overall pretty good to occupy yourself.
@TheBookNerd1 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Oct 29, 2020

A wonderful graphic novel about self-discovery and friendship.

I was fully engrossed in this reality check of a book.

Freddy is in love with Laura Dean, but Laura Dean keeps breaking up with her. And coming back to her. Again. And again. And Freddy takes it, because she thinks this is what love is. But her friends are trying to remind her how wrong she is, and how real love won't be this painful.

I loved how this book didn't shy away from big issues. There's discussion or plot material surrounding toxic relationships, abortion, and others, and it always felt natural in the story. This isn't an easy graphic novel, or really even that cute or charming, because the subject matter is quite heavy, but I think that's the point. You want to reach into the pages and shake Freddy, tell her that she's better than LD, but I've experienced this kind of relationship, and when you're in it, you get into this cycle so so easily.

I've read a few reviews that discussed not caring much for these characters, but I found that I did. Freddy was relatable in a way that both pains me and makes me happy to see on the page; she's lost in the pull of Laura Dean, and she'll do anything for her, and it results in her being a crappy friend. She loses herself, and I've been there. There was one scene in particular where she tries to compromise with Doodle, saying they can hang out until 8 when LD texts and says she's free at 8, and it is just such a real feeling for me. I remember it, I hate it, but we need it represented in this kind of fictional form.

The supporting cast of characters was great too, if a little underdeveloped. I really enjoyed Doodle, and her struggles were heart-breaking. I wanted more of the boys, but overall, the focus on Freddy works for the kind of story being told here. It is a small story, of heartbreak and learning your worth, but I loved it for that.

The reason I take a half star off is because I found the beginning SO confusing. I couldn't figure out who was who or what was happening. Once I got into the groove, maybe 50 pages in, things felt fine, but wow was it hard to sort in my head at first.

And finally, the art style is gorgeous. The black and white and pink works so well for the story, and it's so easy on the eyes.

IndyPL_KatieW Jul 14, 2020

Freddy's journey to get past her awful girlfriend is a poignant, gorgeously drawn story about overcoming a toxic relationship and reconnecting with your true friends. The storytelling embodies a self-absorbed teenager's point of view with such compassion and nuance. The art is bold and vibrant with an unforgettable use of color. Freddy's Berkeley milieu is richly detailed and bound to tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has felt at home there. I am rarely capable of reading a book cover to cover in one sitting, but I couldn't put this one down. (Also available as an ebook.)

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WoodneathTaylor
Jun 18, 2020

With beautiful, whimsical artwork - the story of Freddy and her toxic relationship with Laura Dean is brought to life. Some may say that this story has no "story" but I will kindly disagree. The mundaneness, simpleness, and frustrations the reader will have with Freddy are totally natural and realistic. What I loved most about this story is that it highlights that not every toxic relationship is necessarily violent or physically bad; emotional abuse and taking advantage of someone's time and love is completely real and valid.

I also loved that this is an LGBTQ story where the prime focus isn't about the struggles about being a part of that group, nor is it a coming out story: Freddy's story just is what it is without any need to explain her identity.

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SusyHendrix
May 20, 2020

Pretty standard teenage love story, but the artwork is gorgeous and the characters are very likable. I especially loved Doodle. I do wish most of the secondary characters were fleshed out more though.

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Polyamorous or monogamous, your love should be a thing that brings something to you.
It's true that giving can be a part of love. But, contrary to popular belief, love should never take from you, Freddy.

Greene_CaitlinW May 08, 2020

Love is hard. Breaking up is hard. Love is dramatic. Breaking up is dramatic.

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 03, 2020

Polyamorous or monogamous, your love should be a thing that brings something to you.
It's true that giving can be a part of love. But, contrary to popular belief, love should never take from you, Freddy.

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 03, 2020

There are two rumors about breaking up that I feel might be helpful to address here.
One is that breakups should be clean. The other is that you should only breakup when you're not in love.
The truth is, breakups are usually messy, the way people are messy, the way life is often messy. I's okay for a breakup to feel like a disaster. It doesn't feel okay, but I assure you it is okay.
It's also true that you can breakup with someone you still love. Because those two things are not distinct territories: love and not loving anymore.

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