Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Mariko Tamaki

fiction graphic novel lgbtqia+ young adult
emotional hopeful fast-paced

304 pages | first published 2019

Author Mariko Tamaki and illustrator Rosemary Valero-O'Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love in Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, a graphic novel that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.

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.

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emotional 84%
hopeful 56%
reflective 51%
sad 28%
lighthearted 20%
inspiring 16%
funny 15%
challenging 8%
tense 7%
relaxing 4%
dark 3%
informative 3%
adventurous 2%


fast 52%
medium 40%
slow 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 84% | A mix: 9% | Plot: 4% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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