Goodreads Blurb: 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 going back.
When Freddy consults the services of a local mystic, the mysterious Seek-Her, she isn’t thrilled with the advice she receives. But something’s got to give: Freddy’s heart is breaking in slow motion, and she may be about to lose her very best friend as well as her last shred of self-respect. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnist Anna Vice, to help her through being a teenager in love.
4 Reasons to Read Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
1. The gorgeous art style
Oh my god those illustrations were freaking phenomenal.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to bring so much dimension with just shades of black and white and pink?! As a fellow artist, I’m incredibly in awe of the beautiful art in this book. Hats off to the artist!
2. The queer rep is just… *chef’s kiss*
Say it with me, casual queer rep is the best. I honestly love when books have queer characters in the background and foreground just because. Because in real life you don’t have just one queer character to fulfill a quota. And of course Freddy herself was a lesbian and Laura Dean bisexual and in general I felt that the book brought up some very relatable topics in terms of sexuality and expressing yourself.
There were so many little parts that resonated with me, like that time Freddy felt guilty for complaining about her relationship when so many queer people had given up so much for her to be at this position of privilege. It’s refreshing to see a queer book talk about issues and narratives of queer people that don’t just pertain to coming out. *
*there’s nothing bad about books revolving about teens coming out but that’s just not the only narrative about queer people
3. Exploring toxic relationships
As someone who has had her fair share of toxic friendships, I could really relate to this one. I swear, reading this book felt like going back to 10th grade and observing myself running after girls who didn’t deserve me. It’s hard to admit to yourself that a relationship is toxic and even harder to cut ties when you love someone and I’m so thankful that this narrative exists!
4. Importance of friendships and communication
Miscommunication is the worst freaking trope ever and it’s time we retire it, okay? I love when books emphasize on communication to sustain any relationship cause hell yes! Not only is it important to have free flowing conversation between each other but also converse with your self and know what you want and need.
Another aspect that was focused on was friendship! Some of your friends can legit sacrifice their kidneys to you and if you find those kind of people it’s important to let them know you treasure and respect them instead of taking them for granted. In the end, your friends are going to see you through all that stress and breakups, not your significant other and I was so happy to see this explored in the book!
Have you read Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me? Is it on your TBR?
Which are some of your favourite queer graphic novels? Leave some recommendations for me 🙂
Do you read graphic novels? If yes, what are your favourite kind?