Book Review: Laura Dean keeps breaking up with me

The Book

Title: Laura Dean keeps breaking up with my
Author: Mariko Tamaki
Illustrator: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, LGBT+
Page Count: 304
Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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.

My Thoughts

“Laura Dean keeps breaking up with me” was such a fun read. I think the thing I loved most about it was all the diversity! I loved that it focused on teen experiences that feel realistic and honest. The characters are so diverse and real and honest. There are characters with different queer identities. Characters with different backgrounds and ethnicities. There are characters with all kinds of parental units and family dynamics.

I also really loved that the story discusses a relationship that isn’t healthy and perfect and loving. It talks about relationships that so many young people get into. They are in love with someone who may not be the best for them. Someone who doesn’t treat them the way they deserve to be treated. It discusses growth and learning about oneself. It really highlights the teenage experience and what teens go through to find themselves and see what is important in their lives. I really did enjoy this one and would absolutely recommend it.

Though I loved the discussions in this book I didn’t fall head-over-heels for this book. It didn’t leave me ripped open and wanting more. I highly recommend it but what I love about it is the discussion and the art.

Rating: 3.5/5

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