Reviews tagging 'Lesbophobia'

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki

13 reviews

pey333's review

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emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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ender24's review

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emotional reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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saucy_bookdragon's review

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dark emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A story with complex characters that accurately portrays an abusive relationship, especially how abusers cut you off from friends, or at least try to. All told with a beautiful art style that uses only black, white, and pink.

TWs: emotional abuse, unplanned pregnancy, drinking.

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theonewheresamreads's review

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dark lighthearted sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

1.0

Sarah. Bestie…. I hate this ngl

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shushkeepitdown's review

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challenging dark emotional hopeful reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I was finding it difficult to read stories so I picked up this comic. It made me sad but also showed the importance of how you should avoid getting into relationship which feel one sided and the problems caused by having shitty people around you causing you to be like them. Talk to your friends and make sure they are ok too. 
Easy read, the art style and colours chosen for this monochromatic comic is absolutely beautiful. Its very short sadly but still would recommend it.

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lolajh's review against another edition

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emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

Okay. So far too much Laura Dean and not enough of Freddy being a developed character and treating her friends well. Freddy’s naïvety to LD’s toxic behaviour, manipulation and fetishisation of Freddy’s race was quite drawn out and I feel like if Freddy cut ties with her somewhere in the middle of the book and the rest was her becoming a better person the pacing would be much better. Still a happy ending, just not paced as well as it could have. Would’ve also loved more of Doodle, Eric, Buddy, Vi and Mo. they were great characters. 

Also!!!!! Not all masc lesbians are like this I promise! — coming from a very submissive and breedable masc

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spooderman's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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kathleencoughlin's review

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emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25

A cute coming of age graphic novel. Not a particularly fun read though since Freddy spends the majority of the book miserable due to the toxic relationship she has with Laura Dean which spills into other parts of her life. It had a good message, interesting representations, and pretty artwork, but again it just wasn't really an enjoyable experience to read it.

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lucimorgaine's review

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emotional lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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toofondofbooks_'s review

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emotional funny hopeful sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

“What is it like to love this person who keeps breaking up with you, and then presumably coming back to you? What does your love with this person offer? Does it make you happy? Does it give you what you need to be a better person?”

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This graphic novel took me no time to read, it was quick, compulsively readable, with a diverse cast of characters and an intriguing, sort of campy, but ultimately relatable story. Freddy is completely enamored with Laura Dean, but the issue is, Laura Dean is basically a textbook narcissist who won't stop breaking up with her (usually around holidays). Freddy is so invested in Laura that she frequently bails on friends and other responsibilities, and she ultimately needs to examine whether this relationship does her more harm than good. I thought that seeing a story like this told from a queer lens was refreshing and honestly really important. As I've spoken about before, toxic dynamics in wlw relationships are rarely examined in media and this was a stellar example of that. It's also a simple, but effective way to show that sometimes breaking up with someone you're in love with is not only okay, but necessary. The only thing that kept me from giving it the full 4 stars was that I would've added at least 100 more pages to it, because I really would've liked to see more!


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