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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me | Mariko Tamaki
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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-OConnell 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.
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NotCool
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This was hard to get through. The protagonist is dating the horrible Laura Dean, to the detriment of all of her other relationships. By the end, I was so ready for Laura to be gone. But the ending, which dealt with how messy even “good” break ups are, redeemed the rest of the book. The art work was lovely, the color palette well done, the side characters all deserved their own books, but Laura Dean didn‘t seem worth the pining.

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Soubhiville
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I just spent the morning with Mariko Tamaki‘s latest book. I have to say, if you‘d like the uncomfortable uncertain feeling of high school love with all it‘s ups and downs and spirals, it‘s right here. This really brought me back to my first really bad relationship, where I felt more serious than she did and spent months feeling broken hearted even though I had hopes it could work... spoiler- it totally didn‘t work for us!

Great queer YA!!!

Soubhiville I saw Mariko at #TXBookFest2019 and knew I‘d read this GN. ❤️ #QueerYA #LGBTQIA 3w
Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan #BBRC For YA released in 2019 or 2020. 3w
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LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 3w
Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan I have to update my sheet, but I‘m pretty sure I only have 6 or so books left to read! I‘m shocked I‘m so close to finishing, considering the number of books! 3w
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ferskner
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I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, and while this one's artwork didn't quite hit the mark for me, I loved its message to know your own self worth and to surround yourself with people who know it too.

#booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Cover art is pretty wonderful 💕 3w
ferskner @Cinfhen agreed! There were some gorgeous panels, but overall I found the story difficult to understand through the art. 3w
Cinfhen Thats disappointing ESPECIALLY for a GN ☹️ 3w
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Blair_Reads
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At #texasbookfest and am so excited for today‘s panels!!! The weather is gorgeous and I couldn‘t be happier 😄 Books and bookish people are the best 😁

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Erin01
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started my morning off by reading this one & quite enjoyed it
#readathon

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Lindy
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At the Love Sucks event at #VWF2019, moderator Susin Nielsen asked if love had sucked for the panel authors when they were teens.
Mariko Tamaki: Definitely. I was a closeted lesbian in high school.
Brian Francis: Also was closeted in high school. Knew no love & went on weird dates with baffled girls.
Sabina Khan: Well, one set of parents went on a hunger strike when we announced our mixed Muslim/Hindu marriage.

Chrissyreadit It‘s crazy how much unnecessary pain and difficulty happens instead of just being happy with safe healthy love. I love that they shared that and hope new generations do not have that pain. 2mo
Lindy @Chrissyreadit True. ❤️ 2mo
Reggie Lololol I laugh not at them but the ridiculousness of it all. 2mo
Lindy @Reggie Indeed. We have to laugh in order to bear the tribulations that are part of being human. 2mo
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Spanish_Broom
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Thirteenth book of maternity leave

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faelinwolf
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Doodle reading Stranger in a Strange Land. ❤📚❤ #charactersreading

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spirituells
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I've been reading a ton of the lgbt stock we've been adding in to the library and i just finished this one! it revolves around a dramatic lesbian relationship and i love it so very much

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okthislooksbad
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This was darn good but my biggest take-away was that Doodle is great, Doodle is the best, I need an entire novel of Doodle, everything Doodle, from Doodles perspective. Do I have a crush? Heck yes I do. Doodle for president.

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LitDrivenGirl
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When your body decides at 4 AM 😠 you've had enough sleep... might as well make the most of it and read a gorgeous graphic novel. (Finished by 6:15 😅)
Insomnia: No stars
Making the most of your sleep deprivation: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Brie
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Fantastic art and storyline about abusive and toxic high school relationships and finding the courage to finally remove them from your life.

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Lindy
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Freddy can‘t seem to help herself from going back to Laura, the most popular girl in high school, even though Laura keeps breaking her heart. This character-based #graphicnovel explores the nuances of contemporary teen friendships and lesbian romance with so much realism that I sometimes flinched with recognition. Moody, flirty art in grayscale & pink is by Rosemary Valero-O‘Connell (of Lumberjanes fame). #LGBTQ

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Lindy
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Despite the teacher chaperone‘s awkward interjection, there is actually a realistic amount of sexual activity in this novel. Also, can someone explain to me what “making love ‘80s style” means? I think the deejay is referring to music, not sex?

llawela Lol 3mo
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Lindy
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Scenes in this graphic novel perfectly capture the inner and outer uncertainties that play out in a toxic relationship.

Cathythoughts The uncertainties.... so difficult ♥️💔 (edited) 3mo
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drmcscrewhammer
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Much like Mariko Tamaki‘s previous works, this is a snapshot of a specific experience that alters a girl‘s self-perception and opens opportunity for growth. There isn‘t a dramatic crescendo for plot, but rather continuous moments of deep introspection.
It‘s a highly emotional reading experience— I described this book to a friend as sad but nice. And soft, oh so soft 😭

Full review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2944529488

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biblio_ginger
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24 HOURS!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!! I made it!!!! 😆😁🤩 This was my 4th #24in48readathon and my 2nd time making it to 24 hours! I got done way earlier than last time! And now I didn't finish this book so back to reading!!! Congrats to everyone who participated!!! 😍😍😍 #24in48

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Congrats! 🎉📚🎉 5mo
Megabooks Congratulations! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉🤩🤩🥳🥳🍾🥂 5mo
24in48 amazing!
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biblio_ginger @Megabooks thank you so much!!! 😍💜❤️ 5mo
biblio_ginger @24in48 thank you so much for such an awesome weekend!!!!! 😍🤩😍🤩😍🤩 5mo
AmyG Yay 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
biblio_ginger @AmyG thank you! 😉 5mo
parttimedomestic Great job!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 5mo
biblio_ginger @parttimedomestic thank you!!! 😁💜 5mo
LitDrivenGirl You're so cute! GREAT JOB FREDDY 🤗😘📚!!!!!!!!! 5mo
biblio_ginger Not as cute as you Mandolin!!! 😍😘📚!!!! @LitDrivenGirl 5mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! Congrats! 🥳🎉🥳 5mo
biblio_ginger @Mollyanna thank you!!!! 😁😁😁 5mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. ⭐️🤓💞 5mo
GatheringBooks congratulations! you are indeed a reader extraordinaire! 5mo
biblio_ginger @GatheringBooks thank you!!! You are a supreme reader! 😁 5mo
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MDodge
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This was so cute!! 💕 loved so so much! And this cover 😍 great quick read for #24in48

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mehso-so

No one is sadder than me to say that this is my least fav 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.

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Davor
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Has anybody read this? I've been eyeing it ever since it came out, but I haven't gotten around to it. The cover is the first thing that caught my eye when I first saw the book, it's very pretty.

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rachelsbrittain
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A cute and heartfelt graphic novel about toxic relationships and friendship. Freddy is very much in love with her girlfriend. The only problem? Laura Dean keeps breaking up with her. And the more Freddy pines, the more she distances herself from her best friends who are struggling with problems of their own. But does Freddy have the nerve to end things with Laura Dean once and for all?

TW: toxic relationships, unplanned teen pregnancy, abortion

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Mem_ugh
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Which brings me to my current read! Um, hi, I‘m in love with this graphic novel and I‘m mayyybe 10 pages in 😍😍

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GondorGirl
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This was a really sweet graphic novel about toxic relationships, love, and what it means to be a good friend. The artwork was absolutely beautiful, the characters were well fleshed out, and the story was heartfelt and inspired. There was also a lot of really good #LGBTQ+ representation. I'd highly recommend it!

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ephemeralwaltz
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Jumped on the hype train for this one. I've never been one to read graphic novels, but hey, they might actually be my thing?? I READ THIS IN ONE SITTING. It's tender but raw, inclusive, stunning, and just very very real. It's centers on a Toxic Relationship and how that affects the protagonist's other relationships, and, especially, her relationship with herself and her self-respect. TRs are not fun and this YA novel gets everything right 🙌

Kalalalatja Great review! #stacked 6mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja yay!! It's getting on the hype from the bookish community. 6mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja I meant "all the" lol 6mo
readordierachel Yay! I just picked this up from the library! 6mo
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Johanna414
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I just spent most of my day proctoring Regents exams - so I was able to read all of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me and the first 100 pages of my #lmpbc book. All in all, not a bad work day!

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beth_jones8
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Loved this so much! Such a tender look at navigating toxic relationships and being a good friend as a teenager. Beautiful!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I love all of Mariko Tamaki's other books, so I have very high hopes for this #YA graphic novel about a toxic high school queer relationship. #QueerBooks #GayYA

Meghan1 I LOVED this book! 6mo
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khooliha
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A gorgeous, gorgeous book.

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saheffernan
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Addresses tough issues with some humor. Toxic relationships are the main theme and they really seemed to cover how it happens that you end up in a toxic relationship and continue in that cycle. How people in those relationships change and hurt other parts of their life while in them.

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Matilda
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Looooved. Including the coloring of the art.

Johanna414 I just got this in my library - can‘t wait to read it! 6mo
Matilda @Johanna414 🎉🎉 6mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Love the art and the colors... love that this is a story anyone can relate to: either you or your friend has dated a Laura Dean. But the story doesn‘t always flow, and that was distracting. Still recommend.

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Meghan1
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What a beautiful coming of age story. Freddy learns to be happy on her own, and how to get out of a toxic relationship.

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Meghan1
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In the bleachers watching my son swim and reading this beauty!

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Lylah
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Didn‘t put this down at all once I started reading it. A great exploration of toxic relationships in teens with a ton of diverse representation and a happy ending to boot.

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Lylah
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🌸🎀💞

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WeeziesBooks
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Book 36: While I‘m not the biggest fan of graphic novels, I‘ll never pass up the opportunity to read a book about Queer girls. This one was pretty delightful and that cover is 😍😍

emtobiasz Glad this one is good! I was approved for a Netgalley arc but the image quality was so poor it was unreadable 😕 7mo
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Chasingmermaids
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This was good. Tear inducing and just what I needed. As someone who‘s dated a Laura Dean, this story touched close to home. Art was beautiful and the story is well done. So happy I ordered this one.

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Chasingmermaids
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When you‘re feeling queer already then this comes in the mail

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rachelsbrittain
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So many great lgbtq books coming out this year:

https://bookriot.com/2019/01/02/2019-lgbtq-books/