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, Romance, GLBT, Queer, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • emma
    every once in a while i think, "why don't i read more graphic novels???" and then i read one and am immediately reminded of why i don't read more graphic to come------------am suddenly ONLY interested in reading contemporary graphic novels with pretty covers and prettier art (thanks to first second for the ARC)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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)
  • 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...
  • 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??
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • ellie t. ♡
    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?
  • 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 ...
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • ellie
    this was perfect in every sense of the word. this is the type of book you want to hug to your chest and not let go until you feel okay again. i love, love, loved it.
  • mina reads™️
    I’m completely obsessed with this one, highly highly recommend it and I will be doing a full review soon! I’m so glad this was my first read of pride month!!!Edit: MY VIDEO REVIEW IS UP ON MY CHANNEL
  • Jessica Woodbury
    4.5 stars. A lot of people are going to feel extremely personally targeted by this near-perfect graphic novel about Freddy, a biracial lesbian teen, and her tumultuous relationship with the titular Laura. If you have ever stayed in a relationship that was bad for you, if you've made bad decisions because of a bad partner, you will find a lot to relate to in Freddy's story. Done in a black, white, and pink color scheme, it's also a vivid, gorgeous...
  • 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 ...
  • Jenny Rossberg
    This is what I think queer YA fiction should be! I loved this book; not only was the art giving me all my twee girl, new manga fantasy, but the writing was also exceptionally emotionally intelligent. I wish I had been able to read this boom as a young girl, to learn what toxic relationships look like, to learn what healthy and supportive friendships look like, and to normalize all my girlfriend prom date fantasies. Truly a lovely read that I woul...
  • Lauren
    TW: Abortion Well that was a freakin' ride and a half! LDKBUWM is the latest Mariko Tamaki work which tells of a f/f romance between the most popular girl in school, Laura Dean, and our MC, Freddy Riley who is of Asian ethnicity. What I love about this book was how subtle yet affecting it was - it doesn't shout in your face or overdo things; it is an exquisitely crafted story with the most precious artwork. The characters too were wonderful (even...