Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki

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 ...

Details Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

TitleLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Release DateMay 7th, 2019
PublisherFirst Second Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, LGBT, Comics, Contemporary

Reviews Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    4 1/2 stars. 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...
  • Thomas
    I turn 24 this Saturday and this book feels like the best early birthday present ever. I cried for five minutes in my office at work after I finished it. The book's themes of toxic relationships and healthy ones, self-worth and what we seek when we lack it, and the painful wisdom of growing up all resonated with me to my very core. The gorgeous black, white, and pink illustrations helped immerse me in the story as well.Backing up, the story follo...
  • Alice Oseman
    This gets full stars for the art style alone!! I'm so amazed by the quality of these lines - I'm someone who has no patience for detail and lives by loose lines, so I'm always impressed by art like this, which is so smooth and detailed yet still so character focused. It must have taken so long to create. The story was great too but the art really blew me away.
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    The art was STUNNING, but the plot did nothing super special for me. Meh
  • emma
    2.5The pros of reading graphic novels:- pretty art- quick- funThe cons of reading graphic novels:- I have never, even once, read one that made me feel like the plot or characters were full. Even remotely. Even at all.Okay, the above claim is a slight exaggeration, because I trade in hyperbole, but it is ONLY SLIGHT. There has probably been one exception, which is Nimona, a book I read in 2016. And the validity of my opinions expires after two yea...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    This is a book I’m nervous giving such a high rating because its controversial subjects can certainly be interpreted many ways but a handful of things stand out to me about why I loved reading this so much.First, the art was magnificent. Reading this felt like watching a movie because the panels focused on such specific shots and the transitions were lovely. Also, the use of color in this was so significant and overall, the art style was brilli...
  • David Schaafsma
    I am a straight (cis-gdenderd) male of a certain age. I couldn't imagine the veritable flowering of glbt books as I was growing up that is happening right now. Actually, I couldn't have imagined it ten years ago! And so many strong girl characters! This book, written by Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Skim) does not have to hint subtly at issues of attraction; this is a romance without apology, with exuberance (and some pain; see the title). It's...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Ooooof. This was... such a ride. We need more honest, raw, beautiful queer stories like this depicting both the unhealthy and the healthy aspects of relationships, especially in YA. While not every queer story needs to be painful, not every one has to ignore the very real fact that queer relationships, like all other relationships and friendships in life, still have the potential to be toxic, to be abusive, to suffer from power imbalances, to fal...
  • Acqua
    This was the perfect way to start pride month.One might think a story that isn't a happy love story wouldn't make someone feel that optimistic, but here's the thing: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me deals with a struggle that isn't unique to queer girls, but with all the nuanced details that are. It's 2019 and we can get stories about messy and complicated relationships like straight girls do, but that aren't exactly the step-by-step "straigh...
  • Eilonwy
    Freddy (Frederica) Riley has a girlfriend. Kind of. The problem is, Laura Dean keeps breaking up with her. And then reeling Freddy back in. Even Freddy can see that their relationship is not good. But she struggles to escape the magnetic Laura's pull. It's just not that easy to flip from attracted to repelled, even if you think you should. This was a sweet but sharp story about being young (17) and blinded by the glamour of dating the hottest gi...
  • Skye Kilaen
    Yes, yes, and yes to this YA graphic novel about a lesbian teen in love with the wrong girl. I'm normally ehhh about main characters who keep making the same wrong decision, but something about this pulled me in and didn't let go. It's a slice in time where the MC is stuck, but elements slowly come together to allow her to break free and move forward. Definitely give it a try if it looks interesting.
  • Lauren Lanzilotta
    Covers like this should be illegal. Every time I see one this beautiful my mind asks the same question. what is restraint?The art style shown in this graphic novel is absolutely gorgeous if the cover doesn't tell you enough about what’s inside. I loved that Rosemary Valero-O'Connell chose to utilize pink amidst the black and white of her drawings, that added such a lovely layer to the art. Definitely some of the prettiest drawings I've seen use...
  • Romie
    I feel so much lighter after having read this graphic novel. there is such a strong message of hope in this, of loving yourself and not settling for less than you deserve, of trying to find what makes you happy,,,,,such a calming graphic novel (4.25)
  • Julia Sapphire
    The art in this collection is STUNNING. I also appreciated the representation and what this book tried to show about toxic relationships. On the other hand...This book skimmed overall several topics that SHOULD have been properly addressed. A major one being cheating but also (view spoiler)[ abortion (hide spoiler)]. A character in this book tries to make her girlfriend jealous by kissing someone else... while the girlfriend is also cheating on h...
  • Ness (Vynexa)
    Freddy keeps getting broken up with by Laura Dean. she wants to know how she can break out of this cycle. not only does she learn how to, but learns how to also be a better friend. this graphic novel is very Queer and I love it! the art and story are very beautiful. you can feel all the emotions Freddy feels throughout this story which I loved. I will say that I wish we would’ve gotten more of Freddy at the end with her friends along with her f...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    This was an absolutely stunning graphic novel!The art is gorgeous and maybe my favourite art I have ever seen in any graphic novel. The black and white with pink highlights works so well for this novel.The storyline is beautiful and so, so important. I loved the whole cast of characters, especially the main character's friend group.I also loved the different ways of gender expression portrayed in this.Overall a highly recommended graphic novel!Co...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    No one is sadder than me to say that this is my least favourite Mariko Tamaki, whose books I usually love. I just didn't care about or empathize with the characters. Neither the relationship between Freddy and her GF nor between her and her BFF were developed enough. I didn't get Freddy, I didn't get Laura Dean's appeal. I missed Tamaki's humour. Drawings are absolutely stunning, with very diverse people, but doesn't make up for the stuff missing...
  • nova ryder ☼
    four point five stars / this was so relatable and relevant and important.
  • Sara
    This is a beautifully drawn, lovely graphic novel that flirts just a touch with manga and tells the story of Frederica "Freddy" Riley and her on again off again relationship with the most popular girl in school Laura Dean. First of all kudos to epically talented Mariko Tamaki for giving us a lesbian character who's comfortable in her own skin and has a great support network of friends and family. Freddy is every teenage girl you've ever met, she ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    First read for ContemporaryAThon down! Okay, so this was super cute and super inclusive, but also a little all over the place??
  • brianna ♥
    3 | this was a pretty fun read, and the art style was definitely stunning, but i feel like overall the plot didn’t really offer much?
  • Tatiana
    Wish this story spent as much time on developing characters and relationships as it did on being inclusive and woke. You have to make me understand what is so appealing about Laura Dean first, before I even start contemplating why a polyamorous relationship with her would be a good idea for the MC.Better than Kiss Number 8, but not significantly better.
  • Anniek
    This was more or less a cover buy and it couldn't have been more accurate, because this graphic novel is beautiful. The art work is truly incredible: muted colour tones, lots of detail, and varied panels. Combined, this worked incredibly well, and it makes this one of the most creative graphic novels I've read. The art literally gave me goosebumps with how pretty and evocative it was.Story wise, I really enjoyed this as well. It's a quiet novel, ...
  • Erica 📚♋️✨🌸
    I really loved the art work and the diversity in this graphic novel, however i did not like the characters (especially Laura dean) she was so mean to the other main character Freddy and there relationship was just plain toxic.
  • Anna Banana
    4.5 starsThis was so freaking cute! The art is amazing, the story is amazing and so freaking important! So much diversity, not to mention the topics brought up in this graphic novel, I'm honestly shook because it went places that I don't think any book I've read before has gone...even in Adult romance books. I'm so happy that I finally bought this book and I'm so happy that I can finish off May with this graphic novel.(The reason for 4 and not 5 ...
  • Rod Brown
    It seems we are in the midst of a golden age for LGBTQ graphic novels. This YA book beautifully and painfully portrays the effects a bad romantic relationship can have on a person and the other relationships in her life.
  • Jes Reads
    review coming soon!*EDIT* Full review here:
  • Ivy
    2019-01-14 Laura Dean was the perfect way to spend an afternoon, and will no doubt be the way I spend future ones. Not only has Mariko Tamaki turned out another masterpiece, but Rosemary Valero-O’Connell has more than proven her worth to play with the big dogs. Engaging and beautiful, with a unique message that pushes it onto my favorites list, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me brought me more joy and sat...