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: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781250312846
Branch Call Number: TAM 2019-05
Characteristics: 289 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Valero-O'Connell, Rosemary - Illustrator


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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.

ArapahoeSusan Oct 08, 2019

This book has all the drama and "feels" of high school relationships. Laura Dean, the most popular girl in school, keeps her girlfriend, Freddy, on a relationship yo-yo. Doodle, Freddy's BFF, has always been there for her during her annoying on-again-off-again romance. Making a choice between someone that's not good for you and someone who's friendship is priceless isn't always easy. Everyone will relate to at least one of the characters in this story.

SJPL_JessL Sep 29, 2019

Freddy's girlfriend, Laura Dean, is the most popular girl in school, and she keeps breaking up with Freddy and then getting back with her. Freddy keeps letting Laura back but it is starting to wear on her. Freddy confides in friends, Anna Vice (an advice columnist), and even a medium to figure out her feelings for Laura and whether the pain of being taken advantage of is worth her emotional well-fair.
"Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Out With Me" is a self-realization story that speaks to anyone in or has been in a difficult relationship. The art work and illustrations are breath-taking considering the minimal color usage and the story will make you feel all of the heart break and struggle of Freddy and how personal issues effect her friends and family.
I particularly love the artwork by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Not only are her characters drawn so uniquely, but her backgrounds and perspective are so realistic while staying within her characteristic universe of Berkeley, CA. The vibe of her Berkeley is pretty spot on too.

Sep 29, 2019

I know I say this about every comic book I've read but the art was wonderful & gorgeous. The story was good, journey of learning to let go is a hard one and realizing who is there for you (and who you should support in return). Leaving behind a toxic relationship is so hard when it's feels good, when it's so easy and comfortable until it isn't, but even when you get the chance to be with them again after you break's a big temptation even with it's high cost. The characters were wonderfully diverse, though it did fall on a few cliches. They were believable, they're humans they stumbled they make mistakes but I still was able to sympathizes with them (yes even with Laura Dean). The issues it dealt with did get heavy (toxic relationship, abortion, infidelity) but that is one reality. It doesn't matter they're high schoolers, they are facing hard issues & showing actual consequences without romanticizing it and not just for the sake of shock or drama. Like I said great story, it tied up all major plots even if it wasn't as explicit detail as the main storyline, a second read through really helps catch the little details with the b plot. I would recommend it.

STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

Well, any opportunity to feature Mariko Tamaki’s work and I am there! Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is a wonderful graphic novel created with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. I marked this as “To Read” earlier this year as soon as I heard about the book. Then realized it would fit the “comic by an LGBTQIA creator” category for Read Harder. Tamaki and Valero-O’Connell find the balance of light and depth in this beautifully crafted story that is very relatable. Plus, the artwork is stunning!

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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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