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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  33,104 ratings  ·  5,135 reviews
All Freddy Riley wants is for Laura Dean to stop breaking up with her.

The day they got together was the best one of Freddy's life, but nothing's made sense since. Laura Dean is popular, funny, and SO CUTE ... but she can be really thoughtless, even mean. Their on-again, off-again relationship has Freddy's head spinning — and Freddy's friends can't understand why she keeps
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by First Second
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Boxofdelights No, they are best friends, as they always were. Romantic love is not the only kind of love and it is not the most important kind of love. This is one …moreNo, they are best friends, as they always were. Romantic love is not the only kind of love and it is not the most important kind of love. This is one of the major themes of the book.(less)
Ari Fry I don't think it has an official name, but I personally call it "Frankenstein-ing"…moreI don't think it has an official name, but I personally call it "Frankenstein-ing"(less)

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Emma Giordano
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I finished this book in one sitting, but I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. I think I may have set my expectations a bit high and somewhere this book did not intend to go.

CW: toxic relationships, (view spoiler)

I appreciated the inclusion in the story and the detail in the art style, but not much else. I felt no connection to any of the characters as they didn't have much personality and only existed in their relationships to one another. I could empathize with thei
I loved the rep, the art style, and that it explored toxic relationships, but the actual story was kind of all over the place. It was okay.
Elle (ellexamines)
4 1/2 stars. When you are a teenager, it is very easy to fall into the trap of believing you must settle for the love you can get, rather than love you deserve. If someone chooses to date you, especially if you are just a little less popular, just a little less Good, you choose them, even if they treat you badly and take you for granted at every moment. And it is very easy to convince yourself that ditching your friends for your significant other is some kind of justifiable act because you're do ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It's beautiful and heartbreaking and infuriating and wonderful. I was flipping through my 2019 reads and realized I forgot to mark it down (I read it during the Reading Rush and honestly that whole week is kind of a blur...) but I loved this so much! Everyone needs to know! It's amazing! ...more
Alice Oseman
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This gets full stars for the art style alone!! I'm so amazed by the quality of these lines - I'm someone who has no patience for detail and lives by loose lines, so I'm always impressed by art like this, which is so smooth and detailed yet still so character focused. It must have taken so long to create. The story was great too but the art really blew me away. ...more
"the truth is, breakups are usually messy, the way people are messy, the way life is often messy. it's okay for a breakup to feel like a disaster. it doesn't feel okay, but i assure you it is okay. it's also true that you can break up with someone you still love. because those two things are not distinct territories: love and not loving anymore."

loved this so much.

trigger warnings: cheating, abortion
Lala BooksandLala
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
It's not you, it's me. Sorry to this book.

Read as book 6 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge!

"For almost the past year I’ve been in love with a girl named Laura Dean."

Freddy Riley is a 17-year-old lesbian Asian-American who is seeking the advice of an online romance dating column, because her girlfriend keeps breaking up with her over and over. And each time Laura Dean comes back into Freddy’s life, Freddy feels more and more shattered when she leaves, and she is unable to see what she can do to change the situation.

"What is it like to love this pe

I turn 24 this Saturday and this book feels like the best early birthday present ever. I cried for five minutes in my office at work after I finished it. The book's themes of toxic relationships and healthy ones, self-worth and what we seek when we lack it, and the painful wisdom of growing up all resonated with me to my very core. The gorgeous black, white, and pink illustrations helped immerse me in the story as well.

Backing up, the story follows Freddy Riley, a high school student who's datin

The pros of reading graphic novels:
- pretty art
- quick
- fun

The cons of reading graphic novels:
- I have never, even once, read one that made me feel like the plot or characters were full. Even remotely. Even at all.

Okay, the above claim is a slight exaggeration, because I trade in hyperbole, but it is ONLY SLIGHT. There has probably been one exception, which is Nimona, a book I read in 2016. And the validity of my opinions expires after two years, so. We can’t even trust that.

This particular g
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
The art was STUNNING, but the plot did nothing super special for me. Meh
Whitney Atkinson
This is a book I’m nervous giving such a high rating because its controversial subjects can certainly be interpreted many ways but a handful of things stand out to me about why I loved reading this so much.

First, the art was magnificent. Reading this felt like watching a movie because the panels focused on such specific shots and the transitions were lovely. Also, the use of color in this was so significant and overall, the art style was brilliant. Five stars for that alone.

Second, I like that t
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
A beautifully necessary story.

As a queer woman with a passion for reading I spend a lot of my time digging through all the f/f I can get my hands on. This is a narrative that I haven't seen nearly enough, especially in YA, and I celebrate Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me for highlighting a necessary discussion for queer women, young and old: dysfunctional relationships. This is about the danger of building your entire life around one person, especially when that person doesn't seem to care n
C.G. Drews
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
so because I am oblivious and completely terrible, I didn't realise this was gay. So yay!!!! A messy complicated angsty gay graphic novel ...more
Dave Schaafsma
8/6/2020: Congratulations to First Second Books’ Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, which landed three awards: best writer for Mariko Tamaki, best penciller/inker for Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, and best publication for teens! So happy for these folks and this book, whcih was one of my favorites of 2019.

6/5/19: I am a straight (cis-gendered) male of a certain age. I couldn't imagine the veritable flowering of glbt books as I was growing up that is happening right now. Actually, I couldn't have
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Ooooof. This was... such a ride. We need more honest, raw, beautiful queer stories like this depicting both the unhealthy and the healthy aspects of relationships, especially in YA. While not every queer story needs to be painful, not every one has to ignore the very real fact that queer relationships, like all other relationships and friendships in life, still have the potential to be toxic, to be abusive, to suffer from power imbalances, to fall apart. We also need more stories reminding teens ...more
Larry H
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

First of all, it's Laura Dean , not Laura Dern , lol. But Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me is a beautifully drawn graphic novel about how all-consuming relationships can be when you’re young.

Freddy doesn’t know what to do. Her girlfriend, Laura Dean, is cool and super-popular, and Freddy is decidedly not. And while things between them are great sometimes, a lot of the time Laura isn’t a good girlfriend. (Or that good of a person, really.) She routinely doesn’t show up for
may ➹
pink is for the sapphics confirmed


This was such an excellent graphic novel! The art is so pretty and soothing, and I absolutely loved the black and white theme with pink accents. I also really liked the portrayal of messy teens and relationships/friendships, and the message of how sometimes the love we hold for someone else does damage to us—and also the people around us. It’s painful to read Freddy’s story as an outsider, recognizing her relationship as harmful when she can’t, but that’s wha
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ???
"The older I get, the less I feel like I can be judgy of people's lifestyle choices." pg. 123

Freddy is a 17-year-old lesbian who is dating a gigantic asshole named Laura Dean. Laura Dean doesn't respect Freddy or care about her. She picks her up when she wants sex and leaves her when she's bored with her. She cheats on Freddy frequently, often in public, often when Freddy is in the same room. She just doesn't give a fuck.

And Freddy keeps going back to her because... ... ... she's amazing in bed?
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Printz Honor 2020

Committee loves Tamaki, but I thought this was far from perfect and not deserving of the honor in terms of the story telling.

Wish this story spent as much time on developing characters and relationships as it did on being inclusive and woke. You have to make me understand what is so appealing about Laura Dean first, before I even start contemplating why a polyamorous relationship with her would be a good idea for the MC.

Better than Kiss Number 8, but not significantly
A mostly black and white graphic novel about a relationship where you aren't treated the best. This is set mostly among the gay community. Freddy, short for Frederica, is in love with Laura Dean, but Laura takes advantage of her, and breaks up with her when it's convenient. Freddy has a close friend that she constantly ignores and puts on hold whenever Laura welcomes her back in her arms.

I feel like the emotions in this story are spot on for new relationships and trying to figure out who you ar
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
with a cover this beautiful, it's no surprise that the inside is just as wonderful.

LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME is a standalone graphic novel about Freddy Riley, and her girlfriend Laura Dean. Laura Dean is . . . a piece of work. This graphic novel shows how insidious some toxic relationships can be - from afar, nothing is amiss, but close up, it becomes clear how Laura has been constantly emotionally manipulating Freddy. The story is all about Freddy realising that, and it's also popu
Alexandra ☁
Sep 27, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Julia Sapphire
The art in this collection is STUNNING. I also appreciated the representation and what this book tried to show about toxic relationships. On the other hand...

This book skimmed overall several topics that SHOULD have been properly addressed. A major one being cheating but also (view spoiler).

A character in this book tries to make her girlfriend jealous by kissing someone else... while the girlfriend is also cheating on her throughout the book on several occasions. The
✨    jami   ✨
“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 you? Does it make you happy? Does it give you what you need to be a better person?”

I loved this so much. Even though I do think it wasn't /perfect/ (I would have liked to see more depth to Laura Dean's character to better flesh out why Freddy loved her so much and was attached to the relationship) I do think it was excellently dealing with a l
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: half-East Asian lesbian mc, lesbian li, poc gay character, Black gay character, Black sapphic characters, lesbian character
tw: homophobia, cheating, unwanted pregnancy, abortion

using the word lesbian and allowing lesbians to be messy and make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes?? never thought i would see the day!

the art is also incredibly beautiful
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

I liked it, but nothing super amazing imo. I do love that we have books like these for LGBTQ teens, we definitely did not have them when I was a teen and I hope a lot of teens can see themselves represented in this book. Inclusion matters!
Sam Quixote
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book cleaned up at the 2020 Eisners, taking home Best Publication for Teens, Best Writer and Best Penciller, so I wanted to check this out to see what all the hubbub was about (bub) even though I suspected that I wouldn’t like it much - and I didn’t! I really, really didn’t like it at all.

BUT - I will 100% agree that this is a comic for teens and I did like Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’s art which was very pretty, appealing and skilful even though she chooses to randomly not draw character’s
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads
Ugh, I feel bad saying this, but this is just one of those books I wish I hadn't read because I don't want to write a review.

I just didn't enjoy it. The whole book is just Freddie being a horrible friend because she's so wrapped in her girlfriend, who's a jerk. And if that was this whole book, that'd be good. But it's not. If this book's main focus was a girl in an emotionally abusive relationship who abandons her friends, that'd be solid. But this book tries to add in so many more things, inclu
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect way to start pride month.
One might think a story that isn't a happy love story wouldn't make someone feel that optimistic, but here's the thing: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me deals with a struggle that isn't unique to queer girls, but with all the nuanced details that are. It's 2019 and we can get stories about messy and complicated relationships like straight girls do, but that aren't exactly the step-by-step "straight girl in a toxic relationship" story. And this is
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“Polyamorous or monogamous, your love should be a thing that brings something to you.
It's true that giving can be a part of love. But, contrary to popular belief, love should never take from you, Freddy.”
“There are two rumors about breaking up that I feel might be helpful to address here.
One is that breakups should be clean. The other is that you should only breakup when you're not in love.
The truth is, breakups are usually messy, the way people are messy, the way life is often messy. I's okay for a breakup to feel like a disaster. It doesn't feel okay, but I assure you it is okay.
It's also true that you can breakup with someone you still love. Because those two things are not distinct territories: love and not loving anymore.”
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