Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
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.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Details

TitleLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Author
ReleaseMay 7th, 2019
PublisherFirst Second Books
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, LGBT, Young Adult, Comics

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    When you are a teenager, it is very easy to fall into the trap of believing you must settle for the love you can get, rather than love you deserve. If someone chooses to date you, especially if you are just a little less popular, just a little less Good, you choose them, even if they treat you badly and take you for granted at every moment. And it is very easy to convince yourself that ditching your friends for your significant other is some kind of justifiable act because you're doing it all fo When you are a teenager, it is very easy to fall into the trap of believing you must settle for the love you can get, rather than love you deserve. If someone chooses to date you, especially if you are just a little less popular, just a little less Good, you choose them, even if they treat you badly and take you for granted at every moment. And it is very easy to convince yourself that ditching your friends for your significant other is some kind of justifiable act because you're doing it all for LoveTM, the important thing. When that action is described, it is easy to make it sound ridiculous. But there is a core of low self-esteem to the act of leaving friends for a partner, and it is more common than we talk about. or, another way to put this: someone want to tell me why the last chapter of this made me cry on my bed at 10:00 p.m.?I mean, I don't know exactly what else to say. The illustrations here was very very beautiful, done in stunning black and white. I constantly need these discussions of toxic relationships between sapphics in graphic novel form, also thank you for my life @ this cover designer, and the publisher for providing me with this excellent arc. TW: abortion, pedophilia, emotional abuse. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    The art was STUNNING, but the plot did nothing super special for me. Meh
  • Alexandra ☁
    January 1, 1970
    THAT COVER HAS ME BY THE THOAT
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    First read for ContemporaryAThon down! Okay, so this was super cute and super inclusive, but also a little all over the place??
  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    when i marked this book as to-read i thought it was called laura dern keeps breaking up with me
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    I wanna read this so badly, so it would be SO COOL if the publishers fixed the file on NetGalley so that you could read a single word of the text. 😒 I guess I'll just buy it when it comes out.
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me feel every feeling. It felt so true to a lot of experiences I’ve had or have seen my friends have, and the art is incredible to boot. Love love love.
  • Owl
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. I read this as an ARC I got at ALA. I also really loved it. It was a really quick read. I didn’t particularly like Freddy but I loved her journey and the journey a lot of the side characters went on. I also feel like this will be relatable af to a lot of young readers and can hopefully help show what an unhealthy relationship could look like. REP: MC is Chinese American and queer. CW: cheating, toxic relationship, discussions of people “needing” to explicitly come out for the sake of 4.5 stars. I read this as an ARC I got at ALA. I also really loved it. It was a really quick read. I didn’t particularly like Freddy but I loved her journey and the journey a lot of the side characters went on. I also feel like this will be relatable af to a lot of young readers and can hopefully help show what an unhealthy relationship could look like. REP: MC is Chinese American and queer. CW: cheating, toxic relationship, discussions of people “needing” to explicitly come out for the sake of the community.
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  • Claudia ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me is a gutpunching graphic novel that handles heartbreak in a very realistic and honest way while still managing to have a sweet and nostalgic touch to it. Did I love it? Yes. Do I wish I've read this as a teenager? Yes.Freddy is head over heels in love with Laura Dean - cute, popular and adventurous Laura Dean. Problem is that Laura doesn't really treat Freddy well, and in fact keeps breaking up with her and taking her for granted. The relationship keeps takin Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me is a gutpunching graphic novel that handles heartbreak in a very realistic and honest way while still managing to have a sweet and nostalgic touch to it. Did I love it? Yes. Do I wish I've read this as a teenager? Yes.Freddy is head over heels in love with Laura Dean - cute, popular and adventurous Laura Dean. Problem is that Laura doesn't really treat Freddy well, and in fact keeps breaking up with her and taking her for granted. The relationship keeps taking a bigger and bigger toll on not just Freddy, but also her friendships, and when Freddy goes to see a strange seer she is left with a single message "break up with her." But what is it Freddy really wants?I am a preacher of fluffy, wholesome LGBTQIA+ romances. Us queer folk need to have romances to look up to too, not that shit where everytime some queer people hook up one or both of them die; this doesn't mean that we too don't need realistic and diverse representation of what love can look like. Mariko Tamaki managed to create a story that I'm sure will resonate with many - most of us have had our heart broken after all - while still keeping it hopeful. And, my god, that fucking art. That pink colouring. The so very real and raw expressions of the characters. I need to feast my eyes on more by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell. Wow.
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    hello 911 I’d like to report a heart attack
  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    yes yes yes!!!! explorations of toxic relationships in a queer setting along with figuring out how to stand up for yourself and be a good friend and a good person along the way. also the art is so warm it feels like you’re looking at friends. i just really really enjoyed this. super well done.
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  • Ally
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy of this graphic novel at Yallfest 2018Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is a story of realizing that sometimes leaving a toxic relationship is hard, and we must not leave our friends when they ask for help.Freddy is a teenager in love, living in world where no one judges her for her sexuality. This is not a coming out story nor a story about defeating the odds. This is a self-love story and realizing our worth and the importance of friends — with beautiful soft art.Th I received an early copy of this graphic novel at Yallfest 2018Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is a story of realizing that sometimes leaving a toxic relationship is hard, and we must not leave our friends when they ask for help.Freddy is a teenager in love, living in world where no one judges her for her sexuality. This is not a coming out story nor a story about defeating the odds. This is a self-love story and realizing our worth and the importance of friends — with beautiful soft art.The art was soft and curvy. It remind me of the art style from Steven Universe. No one character was the same, everyone had their own personality, shape and style.This LGBTA friend novel will bring back memories of how messy it is like to be a teenager. We need more diverse and beautiful stories like this one. In graphic novels, novels, movies and tv shows.Pick up this novel if you want to experience the warmth of friendship! 4.5/5
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent a copy by the publisher, First Second in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. TW: Abortion and toxic relationship Mariko Tamaki does it again. Her work is phenomenal every time I read it. This novel follows a girl, Freddy who is in a complicated relationship with a girl named Laura Dean. Their relationship shows manipulation and how being in love can make you blind. Freddy abandons her best friend when they're in their darkest time. Freddy's relationship with Laur I was sent a copy by the publisher, First Second in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. TW: Abortion and toxic relationship Mariko Tamaki does it again. Her work is phenomenal every time I read it. This novel follows a girl, Freddy who is in a complicated relationship with a girl named Laura Dean. Their relationship shows manipulation and how being in love can make you blind. Freddy abandons her best friend when they're in their darkest time. Freddy's relationship with Laura Dean was so realistic and I love how Tamaki showed a different side to a f/f relationship, at times I despised Laura Dean and I was just frustrated by Freddy when she would just up and leave to see Laura Dean. But, it made for great character development at the end. Freddy learns through writing to an advice column why she should break up with Laura Dean. Aside from the story, the illustrations were STUNNING. I admired the use of black and white with a hint of pink. Overall, I really enjoyed this graphic novel as much as I loved This One Summer. I love how Tamaki incorporates hard topics into her work, she writes them so well.
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  • Shanleigh
    January 1, 1970
    This is one hell of a book. It’s brutal and honest, and I found it really hard to get through in the same way that it’s sometimes hard to face the truth. And boy, does this face the truth. 5 ⭐ This is one hell of a book. It’s brutal and honest, and I found it really hard to get through in the same way that it’s sometimes hard to face the truth. And boy, does this face the truth. 5 ⭐️
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  • winn
    January 1, 1970
    ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you.this cover has me shookethit is literally one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen i want to frame this on my wallthis book cover belongs in the Lourve This book is about a toxic sapphic relationship.Rare right?not only is it something i’ve never read before- unless you count ashlinn and mia from nevernight - it’s also a graphic novel. This art style was a beautiful but ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you.this cover has me shookethit is literally one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen i want to frame this on my wallthis book cover belongs in the Lourve This book is about a toxic sapphic relationship.Rare right?not only is it something i’ve never read before- unless you count ashlinn and mia from nevernight - it’s also a graphic novel. This art style was a beautiful but i’m sad to say that the plot didn’t do a lot for me i was intrigued going into it but i was sort of let down by some of the plot points and introductions I really liked the plot of fredrica and doodles friendship and wish that was explored more instead of a possible new romantic interest that i was not intoas Laura Dean is almost as bad as Ashlinnand that’s saying a lot from me
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  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-review: I just love the cover and the undercut is calling to me.
  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    DISCLAIMER: I am going off of an ARC so there are most definitely changes between the copy I have and the copy that may be the finished one, so please take my review with a grain of salt. TW: abortion, relationship with a minorWhat I really enjoyed about Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is how much like Freddy I was in high school. Talk about feeling seen. So many situations were exactly the same and I almost felt like I was flipping through a scrapbook of all my bad decisions. Reading Laura DISCLAIMER: I am going off of an ARC so there are most definitely changes between the copy I have and the copy that may be the finished one, so please take my review with a grain of salt. TW: abortion, relationship with a minorWhat I really enjoyed about Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is how much like Freddy I was in high school. Talk about feeling seen. So many situations were exactly the same and I almost felt like I was flipping through a scrapbook of all my bad decisions. Reading Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me was like confronting the ways I was an awful friend, engaged in a toxic relationship, and lost all sense of who I was in high school. I especially loved that this graphic novel is a story about a queer relationship where coming out isn't the only facet of a queer story.There is a little more details about the trigger warnings plus the reason why I gave this book a 3 stars instead of 4 but it's hidden under the spoiler section as it deals with one of the secrets revealed in the graphic novel.(view spoiler)[I do want to say that there is a relationship between a minor and an adult in this book which isn't broken down at all. The conversation seems to be more hung up about the fact that the adult is married, not that it is an adult. This is certainly a topic that has been coming up in more books that I have been reading lately, I just felt like it warranted more discussion in the story and I would just know this before going in. Especially as a different potential relationship with someone who is older, and the age gap, only a year, is addressed within the book. (hide spoiler)]full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Cory
    January 1, 1970
    There’s this thing that happens sometimes when I read comics. The combination of words and pictures work a kind of magic on me, conjuring a younger self, who reads alongside my current 48-year-old self. Because these younger selves are part of me, but not always so present, it’s like going to a reunion where you don’t have to deal with anyone other than yourself. Which, now that I write it, sounds awful. But actually, it’s amazing.This happened to me almost a year ago, when I first got to read t There’s this thing that happens sometimes when I read comics. The combination of words and pictures work a kind of magic on me, conjuring a younger self, who reads alongside my current 48-year-old self. Because these younger selves are part of me, but not always so present, it’s like going to a reunion where you don’t have to deal with anyone other than yourself. Which, now that I write it, sounds awful. But actually, it’s amazing.This happened to me almost a year ago, when I first got to read the manuscript for Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, from author Mariko Tamaki and illustrator Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. And it happened again yesterday when I got to read the published version that just came out. All of which is to say beyond my love for this book because of what it allows me to do as an educator, I love it deep in my heart. I wish my 14-year-old self could have had it when they were in the driver seat of my 14-year-old body. It would have changed things.Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me is a story about Freddy, a 17-year-old who goes to Berkeley High and is in love with Laura Dean who (no spoiler alert necessary) keeps breaking up with her. It’s a love story, but not the one you think it will be. It’s a story about the kinds of relationships we have (not just when we’re in high school): the relationships that are good and bad at the same time, relationships we take for granted, relationships that keep us alive.It’s also a story about what makes a friend, and how to be a decent person while surviving being human and a teenager. I don’t want to say much more about it because I loved the experience of the story unfolding for the first time, and where it took me, both as an educator and as someone who is still figuring relationships out. I will say that it’s a book I think every imaginable high school kid will devour (so will the middle school kids who get their hands on it). It’s a book most kids will find a relatable character in. It’s a fabulously gay book (more in terms of culture than orientation, in terms of orientation this book takes place in queer city). It’s a book that you can give to a kid in your life (or your classroom) as a rich and complicated starting point for conversations about the most complicated and urgent contemporary mind fields of intimacy: Consent and sex; the nature of loving relationships; what makes a relationship bad or abusive; race and sexual fluidity; abortion and choice; families that hold us up and families that let us down.Now that it’s finally out I don’t know who I’m more excited for. All the teenagers who I’m going to give this to, or myself for all the ways I plan to use it in my own work.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    There's a lot to like here and gods know we need more stories with queer POC protagonists and we just need more queer stories for teens that aren't coming out stories. Tamaki perfectly captures the angst and confusion and self-centered-ness and bad decisions of the high school years. On the other hand, she introduces some intriguing story nuggets that I would have loved to have seen explored more deeply, like what is going on with Freddy's parents and with Buddy and Eric. Of course, Freddy's com There's a lot to like here and gods know we need more stories with queer POC protagonists and we just need more queer stories for teens that aren't coming out stories. Tamaki perfectly captures the angst and confusion and self-centered-ness and bad decisions of the high school years. On the other hand, she introduces some intriguing story nuggets that I would have loved to have seen explored more deeply, like what is going on with Freddy's parents and with Buddy and Eric. Of course, Freddy's commenting on these issues and then quickly forgetting about them because she's so focused on her own issues is completely realistic and in keeping with Freddy's character. And, honestly, I was thinking that I wanted to read this as a full-length prose novel, but, in so thinking, I realized how cliched the story is: Hot/popular student hooks up with less-popular student and treats them shabbily. Said less-popular student then ignores what's going on with the people around them because they can only talk about their own crappy relationship. I mean, this book is basically Pretty in Pink where Andie goes to prom with Ducky (as friends) and doesn't run off after Blaine and Andie and Ducky and Blaine are all girls. And I guess that's the point: teenage lesbians can have relationships that are just as cliched as anyone else's.
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  • Nathan Bartos
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so glad I gave Tamaki another chance after not enjoying This One Summer. This is probably the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing graphic novel I've read. This book also uses the fact that it's a graphic novel to its advantage by using the art to show the passage of time, convey moods and emotions, etc. This seems like an obvious thing to do, but I think it's something a lot of graphic novels forget to do, to use the medium to its greatest advantages and have a reason for making it a g I'm so glad I gave Tamaki another chance after not enjoying This One Summer. This is probably the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing graphic novel I've read. This book also uses the fact that it's a graphic novel to its advantage by using the art to show the passage of time, convey moods and emotions, etc. This seems like an obvious thing to do, but I think it's something a lot of graphic novels forget to do, to use the medium to its greatest advantages and have a reason for making it a graphic novel outside of the fact that they can draw or know a great artist. Outside of the beautiful art and color scheme, I enjoyed the story of Freddy growing and finding her place in her relationships. Yes, Freddy is absolutely a frustrating character, but most of us also know a Freddy, and I loved seeing that growth. One of my only problems with this book was that I wish we could've seen more of Laura Dean (although, so does Freddy I guess). I just feel like we didn't see enough of what's going on with her apart from the end. I also don't feel I gained much from the random comments by inanimate objects.Overall, I loved this, and I would read it again.lgbtq rep: main character in on-again-off-again f/f relationship; side characters in m/m relationship (it's super queer)
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  • Lindsey (Lindseyybooks) Swindlehurst
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly can say I really enjoyed this story. It was powerful and written very well. Although I didn’t give it 5/5 stars I can honestly say I still really enjoyed it. I ended up giving it a 4.5/5 stars because in the beginning I was a little confused with what was going on. By the end of the story I felt as though the story was a very important one. A relationship should never take more than it gives. Although some people may love their significant other that doesn’t mean they have to stay in I honestly can say I really enjoyed this story. It was powerful and written very well. Although I didn’t give it 5/5 stars I can honestly say I still really enjoyed it. I ended up giving it a 4.5/5 stars because in the beginning I was a little confused with what was going on. By the end of the story I felt as though the story was a very important one. A relationship should never take more than it gives. Although some people may love their significant other that doesn’t mean they have to stay in a relationship that is draining on themselves. I felt as though this story was very well put together and a good LGBTQ+ rep.
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  • Caitlin Lochner
    January 1, 1970
    THIS WAS SO GOOD. The relationships were so wonderfully messy, and I love these struggling, flawed characters. Sometimes when you're in love with someone, it can be hard to see how bad they are for you and how much better off you'd be without them, and I thought this story portrayed that struggle realistically. It was so great to watch these characters' journeys unfold, and I was rooting for Freddy and her friends all the way.Also, I LOVE how unabashedly queer it is.Also also, the art is unbelie THIS WAS SO GOOD. The relationships were so wonderfully messy, and I love these struggling, flawed characters. Sometimes when you're in love with someone, it can be hard to see how bad they are for you and how much better off you'd be without them, and I thought this story portrayed that struggle realistically. It was so great to watch these characters' journeys unfold, and I was rooting for Freddy and her friends all the way.Also, I LOVE how unabashedly queer it is.Also also, the art is unbelievably gorgeous. Read it for the art if nothing else. But definitely read it.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    Let’s start with the art. Incredible. I could spend all my time just examining interiors and plants and clothing. I’m in awe, and I’m smitten.But not in the way Freddy is smitten. Freddy has an issue. Her girlfriend sucks. Big time. So what’s a girl to do? Decide to just call relationship poly? Invest in other friends? Stay preoccupied? Or recognize toxicity and break it off?This book felt authentic and heartfelt. Love love love.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS. I really loved the art style and how the story was told!
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Spot-on capturing the ups and downs of high school romance.
  • Ylva
    January 1, 1970
    Um yes (catch me crying about this incredible art style for the next year and a half)
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Coranna
    January 1, 1970
    I had the great opportunity of being given first dibs to read this book in my school QSA club. Not only is it a beautifully drawn graphic novel that I couldn't put down, but it also has prominent issues in the LGBTQ+ community woven into the storyline making the book informative and adorable. A powerful story of an LGBTQ+ woman overcoming an emotionally abusive relationship. I highly recommend this book to anyone! Quick and amazing read.
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  • kelly {BookCrushin}
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so good and so painful. Full review to come.
  • Amber Brown
    January 1, 1970
    "Of course, I know there are LGBTQIA activists who fought for centuries for me to have the right to fuck up like this.I'm aware that I should be grateful that I have the ability to get broken up with and publicly humiliated the same as my hetero friends.I am progress."
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