August 7, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
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*Published May 7, 2019*
I saw this book floating through booklr on Tumblr and it sounded extremely interesting to me. It also seemed to be a book that I think everyone in relationships need to read.
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.
Being a teenager in love is one of the hardest things to be. Love fricken’ sucks and being in a relationship where the other does not support you or even act as though you are important, it can wreck you. It can pull you apart and make you not only be a bad friend, but it can affect the other relationships in your life.
Freddy is in a relationship with a girl named Laura Dean. Laura Dean is not a good girlfriend. She has broken up with Freddy three times and each time for a different reason, and Freddy lets her and waits for Laura Dean to come back to her. In waiting for Laura Dean to come back to her, Freddy neglects her friendships, especially her friendship with her best friend Doodle, who needs her friend.
I honestly couldn’t tell you whether this was something I went through in high school or not, I don’t believe I did. I had only one steady relationship in high school and we were truly friends first before we became a couple. But this is something that I have seen happen as I have grown up. This happened to some of my friends in college and here in Oklahoma. I have seen friends get out of these relationships and refocus on themselves, but it took them awhile to do so. They grew and became better.
I like seeing characters grow. I like to them make mistakes and learn from those mistakes and become better people. I liked seeing Freddy realize that she has made a lot of mistakes in trying to center her life around Laura Dean rather than focusing her life on herself. So, Freddy learns to do that. She learns to focus on herself and I love her so much for it.
What do you think of seeing real life portrayed in graphic novels? Do it help you process it or come to recognize it better? Comment below and let me know!