Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

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One of FORBES Best Graphic Novels of 2019
On BCCB 2019 Blue Ribbons List
One of NPR's Best Books of 2019
Booklist 2019 Editors' Choice
One of Bitch Media's Best Queer YA Novels of 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.

Author: Mariko Tamaki
Publisher: First Second
Published: 05/07/2019
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.36lbs
Size: 8.40h x 6.00w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781626722590
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.5
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 507004 / Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Award: Michael L. Printz Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 04/15/2019 pg. 37
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2019 pg. 161
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 05/01/2019 - Book Of Special Distinction
Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2019 - Recommended - Readable
School Library Journal 05/01/2019 pg. 107
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2019 pg. 138
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

About the Author

Mariko Tamaki writes comic books for BOOM! Studios, Marvel and DC Comics. She is the co-creator of the New York Times bestseller, This One Summer with Jillian Tamaki, which received Eisner and Governor General awards, as well as Caldecott and Printz Honors. Mariko lives in Oakland.

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell has done work for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, CAPY games, and Mondo Tees among others, and her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators NY, and shown in galleries both locally and internationally.