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 :, First Second,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250312846
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC Tamaki Mariko
Characteristics: 289 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Valero-O'Connell, Rosemary - Illustrator


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O’Connell. First Second/ Macmillan. 9781626722590.
17-year-old Fredrica Riley is in and out of a relationship with the most popular girl in school,
Laura Dean. Freddy loves Laura, but when she's with her, Freddy isn't quite happy. The more
Freddy is with Laura, the more friends she loses, includi... Read More »

Harvey 2019 - Best Children's or YA Book // Ignatz 2019 - Outstanding Graphic / Outstanding Artist / Outstanding Story

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 mistake... Read More »

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 i... Read More »

JCLEmmaF Apr 19, 2019

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?... Read More »

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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.)

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.

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.”

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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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