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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by [Mariko Tamaki]

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"Tamaki and Valero-O'Connell's tender-hearted narrative sings with real, honest emotion that will resonate with anyone trying to figure out love." ―The New York Times

"The visual storytelling is precise and thoughtful, and it’s evident that the artist has spent a lot of time designing spaces that feel lived in and characters who immediately exhibit specific personalities... Tamaki excels when she’s writing stories about young women discovering their strength in times of crisis, and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me falls right in her creative sweet spot." ―the A.V. Club

"Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is the perfect next read for fans of Love, Simon and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, books about young love and struggling to figure out what it means... It’s exactly the sort of book that a lot of teens need to read to feel a little less alone, and a good gateway graphic novel for fans of Netflix’s new glut of romances or a stepping-stone for readers ready to graduate from graphic novels like The Baby-Sitters Club adaptations to more complicated, nuanced stories." ―Paste

"Pithy dialogue is neatly trimmed to speech-bubble size, and the manga-esque styling suits characters to a T, from doe-eyed, love-smitten Freddy to lean, angular Laura...as a cautionary tale or as an invitation to a pity party, this packs catharsis into every frame." ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Touching gently but powerfully on topics of bullying, homophobia, and toxic relationships, this superb graphic novel has its finger on the pulse of teenage concerns." ―Booklist, starred review

"This exploration of toxic relationships and social dynamics at the cusp of adulthood is, like its cast, sharp and dazzling."―Publisher's Weekly, starred review

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Tamaki explores the nuances of both romantic and platonic relationships with raw tenderness and honesty. Valero-O'Connell's art is realistic and expressive, bringing the characters to life through dynamic grayscale illustrations featuring highlights of millennial pink...a triumphant queer coming-of-age story that will make your heart ache and soar." ―Kirkus, starred review

"Relatable, heart-wrenching, and often funny... Black-and-white panel illustrations with pink accents provide additional characterization and feature a cast diverse in race, gender identity, and body type." ―Horn Book, starred review

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Tamaki and Valero-O’Connell do bring to life an artful narrative of relationships―old, new, harmful, and healing―and what happens when you learn to navigate them." ―School Library Journal

"A stunning visual of spirited young love and relatable characters... Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me will appeal to a variety of readers with its air of real-life romance blended with the search for identity and friendship." ―VOYA

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer of comics and prose. She 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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07QPJBP8C
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ First Second (May 7, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 7, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 190069 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
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Mariko Tamaki is a New York Times Bestselling writer of comics and prose. Her graphic novels include Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, with Rosemary Valero O’Connell, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, with Steve Pugh, Skim and This One Summer, with Jillian Tamaki. She has received Doug Wright, Eisner and Ignatz Awards as well as Caldecott and Printz Honors for her works. She has had the pleasure of working for Marvel, DC Comics, Abrams, Dark Horse and Boom Studios on various amazing superhero type things.

You can read all about her adventures at marikotamaki.blogspot.com.

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Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was in a Toxic Relationship too; This Book helped me solidify my decision
By GoingOnLevels 💕 on July 8, 2020
I love this book because I was in a toxic relationship. Much like Freddy, I kept going back and blaming myself for why they didn’t want to fully be with me. Pushing my friends and family away in order to make my Laura Dean happy. As a good story goes, Freddy was able to Overcome this emotional obstacle for the greater good of her health and the friendships that actually mattered. No one should have to feel like they can’t be loved by ppl who actually want to love them, especially when the person u yearn for is a Laura Dean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly messy story of that first dysfunctional relationship.
By Kat+Jin on July 27, 2020
I'll start off by saying that the art is what first caught my eye. I'm a sucker for clean lines, and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell's work is both detailed and simple. Smooth, thin lines are paired with a pastel pink color scheme to give this a nostalgic feel; I felt like I'd been transported back to my childhood. It's fun and sweet, and matches well with Freddy's journey through her first tumultuous romance.

Having been through toxic relationships myself, the story resonated deeply with me. Mariko Tamaki does an amazing job at depicting the on-again, off-again cycle that too often is lopsided, leaning heavily in one person's favor and leaving the other to ride the ups and downs alone. This is one of those books that I wish I had read when I was younger...not only is it inclusive, depicting all different types of relationships and people, but it's also full of important lessons about how *not* black and white the world is. There's not always clear lines between healthy and toxic...together and single...loving and not loving anymore. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this book (so much so, that I bought it twice!), and have given it a permanent place on my favorites shelf.
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