Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell *Alexa’s Review*

Posted May 1st, 2019 by in *Review / 0 comments

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell *Alexa’s Review*Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
Published by First Second
Genres: Manga, Young Adult
Format: ARC
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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.

3 Stars

Reading a graphic novel can help be an escape from all of the lengthy novels out there in the world and a little cute break was what I was looking for from this one.

The story is rather in-depth for a graphic novel, in my opinion. In the book, Freddy is reeling from her last breakup with her girlfriend Laura Dean. She is trying to come to grips with the fact that the girl she likes keeps leaving her and having inappropriate behavior around other girls when they are together. Freddy seems like a confused teenager about her love life and it takes her a while into the story to really understand what she wants from a relationship and what she needs when it comes to other people in her life.

I really did like her journey to discover herself and find out which people are her friends and which people should be left off to the way side. I think she was a pretty weak character throughout the story though and I think that her friends were more vibrant than she was. I think the “growth” she had in the book mostly relied on other people telling her over and over again what to do until she just decided to finally listen to them. I’m glad she got out of an unhealthy relationship but I’m not sure she did that on her own. There are strong themes in this book about love, life, friendship and when to walk away when things are not working out. I think the lessons are valuable to anyone of any age, because relationships are difficult, but I just with Freddy would have been a stronger character on the page. She read a bit flat at times and this hurt my love of all the storyline and messages.

Alexa

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