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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me



by
Mariko Tamaki
illustrated by
Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
First Second
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781250312846

Awards and Honors
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
2019 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee
SLJ Best Books - 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
Bulletin Blue Ribbons - 2019
Edgar Award Nominee -2020
Michael L. Printz Award Honoree - 2020
The Walter Award Winner Teen Category - 2020
Los Angeles Times Graphic Novel/Comics Finalist
Lambda Literary Awards LGBTQ Comics Finalist - 2020
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Social Issue: Abortion, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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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.

Two-color illustrations penciled with graphite, then inked and colored in Photoshop.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Social Issue: Abortion, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

2.5: points 1

Lexile

HL230L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2019

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Romance. Dating. Friendships. Breakups. LGBTQ. Graphic novels.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*

Horn Book

This relatable, heart-wrenching, and often funny graphic novel opens with seventeen-year-old Frederica Riley’s email to advice columnist Anna Vice. “For almost the past year I’ve been in love with a girl named Laura Dean. Which is the hardest thing I’ve ever been. Because…Laura Dean…keeps breaking up with me.” That self-absorbed, thoughtless Laura Dean is an utterly unsuitable partner for our tender-hearted protagonist is apparent four pages in—but so is Laura Dean’s charismatic appeal. Freddy is so consumed with seeking answers (from Anna; from new potential crush Vi; even from a fortuneteller) as to why Laura Dean keeps breaking up with her and what to do about it that she completely misses what’s been happening in best friend Doodle’s life, at a time when Doodle needs her most. Freddy’s insightful and painfully honest first-person narration, in the form of her journal entry–like emails to Anna, is balanced by dialogue full of witty banter and warm moments of friendship among Freddy’s supportive, queercentric Berkeley community of friends and mentors (all of whom urge Freddy to dump Laura Dean and find someone who deserves her). Black-and-white panel illustrations with pink accents provide additional characterization and feature a cast diverse in race, gender identity, and body type. By the time Anna writes back near the story’s end, Freddy is well on her way to finding her own solution—one readers will cheer.

Grades 9 & Up
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