Title: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
Author: Mariko Tamaki
Illustrator: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Publication: 07 May 2019
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Book content warnings: cheating (lots of it), abortion mentions.
Representation: mc is a lesbian and Asian, an abundance of other queer characters.
Let’s just get this out of the way: Laura Dean is an arsehole. Plain and simple. She treats Freddy like absolute garbage and she gets away with it. She keeps breaking up with Freddy but for some reason, Freddy keeps taking her back.
Don’t get me wrong, I quite enjoyed this graphic novel, but the fact that the main character, Freddy, seems to think that Laura Dean breaking up with her, and getting back together whenever she’s horny, is okay. And it is far from okay.
Freddy is so wrapped up in everything Laura Dean that she becomes a really shitty friend, and essentially doesn’t see worth in herself as she continually lets herself be treated like a doormat by her supposed girlfriend.
The story line is quite depressing, when I think about it, but it has a happy ending, so that’s what I’m focusing on right now.
The art style of this graphic novel is so lovely. I adored the fact that this was just in black, white, and pink.
This was on my wish list from the second I found out that this was a lesbian/wlw graphic novel – something that, I think, is severely lacking in this world.
On the whole, I enjoyed this graphic novel, and I’d love to see more from this author and illustrator in the future.