Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
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 ...more
CW: toxic relationships, (view spoiler)[ abortion (hide 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 ...more
loved this so much.
trigger warnings: cheating, abortion ...more
"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
Backing up, the story follows Freddy Riley, a high school student who's datin ...more
The pros of reading graphic novels:
- pretty art
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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? ...more
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 ...more
I feel like the emotions in this story are spot on for new relationships and trying to figure out who you ar ...more
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 ...more
This book skimmed overall several topics that SHOULD have been properly addressed. A major one being cheating but also (view spoiler)[ abortion (hide 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 ...more
“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 ...more
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
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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It's true that giving can be a part of love. But, contrary to popular belief, love should never take from you, Freddy.”
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.”