Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me

Paperback - 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.
Published: New York :, First Second,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250312846
Branch Call Number: TEEN GN LAU
Characteristics: 289 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Valero-O'Connell, Rosemary - Illustrator


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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.

JCLChrisK May 11, 2020

Ow. It's painful to watch Freddy continuously make bad decisions and to feel her (and her loved ones') suffering that results. Yet that's exactly what makes this such an authentic story, because it makes readers feel real feelings about characters that feel exactly real in their flaws and mistakes. We can't fault Freddy because we've been her; if not her choices exactly, ones similar enough that we know hers are true. Thankfully, this story is a journey, so it's not all hard consequences. There is also friendship and love and joy and, most important, growth. It's a tumultuous journey, but ultimately a good one. This is storytelling at its most effective.

Greene_CaitlinW May 08, 2020

This title successfully illustrates how addicting a toxic and unhealthy relationship can be. I loved following Freddy as she navigated her complicated relationship with Laura Dean, a self-centered and frankly abusive partner, and finds her self-worth.

May 06, 2020

This was an amazing graphic novel that absolutely blew me away. Similar to but lighter than In the Dream House, this does an incredible job at demonstrating that queer relationships can also be toxic and abusive, which is imperative for lgbtq youth to be aware of. I really loved Freddy's character and her friend group, which felt so real and relatable. I just wish we had seen some more of her friends! Laura Dean clearly has no idea what she's doing wrong, which I think is unfortunately often the way of some abusers. The art itself is absolutely stunning and I was blown away by it from the start. This is a really incredible book that I'll absolutely be trying to get others to read.

Jan 26, 2020

Seventeen year old Frederica Riley loves her girlfriend Laura Dean. But it's complicated because Laura Dean isn't a very good girlfriend. The art is smooth flowing and gorgeous and the story has something to say about toxic relationships.

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 03, 2020

Confession: I keep reading this title as Laura DERN Keeps Breaking Up With Me (which sounds like an incredible story/mood itself). Conclusion: This story is lovely, vital, and beautifully rendered, splashes of pink like a young heart pulsing, a color palette I haven't seen anywhere else yet. I loved these characters, and have known manipulative people like Laura Dean, and I can't stress how real and relatable and moving this tale of young love is.

Nov 27, 2019

absolutely adorable :')) the art is beautiful (the color palette <33) and the writing perfectly conveys love and high school. bonus(it shouldn't be a bonus but we live in this world): super diverse

LPL_VanessaR Nov 20, 2019

MY HEART. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me encapsulates that beautiful and burning first love feels. The searing heartbreak that we desperately want to avoid at all costs and the friendships that hold us together through that process. And the times we lose sight of ourselves. If I had read this as a college student, I’d be a different person I am now. It’s a reminder that love, or rather the loss of love, is never an end-all. As the book reminds us: “It’s also true that you can break up with someone you still love. Because those two things are not distinct territories: love and not loving anymore... Have faith in yourself to know what’s right for you. Whatever answer you need, it’s inside somewhere.”

JessicaGma Nov 05, 2019

Mariko Tamaki's tale of Freddy and her terrible girlfriend, Laura Dean will resonate with so many. High school may be a bit too full of this sort of popularity/status friends, and Freddy does figure out what matters to her, just in time. It's a great read, and the art is perfectly matched.

JCLBrittanyC Nov 01, 2019

This is your classic teen who can’t get over their first love book. Freddy falls for
one of the most popular, charming girls in school, Laura Dean, but Freddy
quickly finds out Laura Dean is the WORST girlfriend. Whatever it is though,
Freddy can’t shake it. I do love all the LGBTQ love that is happening in graphics these days, but overall I found this to be a less than riveting story. We all know what’s going to happen cause let’s be honest this storyline has happened thousands of times.

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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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