Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me is a graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki.

Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

(Groundwood Books)

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. (From First Second Books)

Mariko Tamaki is an award-winning Canadian comics writer, contributing to Marvel and DC Comics, based in Oakland, California. She was named comics writer of the year at the 2020 Eisner Awards. Her other books include the YA novel (you) Set Me On Fire and the graphic novels  Skim and This One Summer, which were illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell is an American illustrator who has worked for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, CAPY Games and Mondo Tees.

Why Mariko Tamaki wrote Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

"I didn't want it to just be a story where the goal is just to find love and love is achieved, then that is the end of the story. I wanted to look at love and relationships and then complicate them. When I was a younger person, especially a queer younger person, all I wanted were stories about relationships. All I wanted were love stories.

I wanted to look at love and relationships and then complicate them.- Mariko Tamaki

"But a lot of the love stories I read were about people looking for the perfect person and finding that person. I didn't see that experience of being with the wrong person and how you navigate what it means to be with someone who is clearly the wrong person, but is the person that you are with and want to be with." 

Read more in her interview with CBC Books.

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