Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki

This is the young adult graphic novel about teenage relationships romantic and otherwise. In recent years, I’ve found some of my favourite reads have been young adult graphic novels. They consistently deliver interesting storytelling.

I liked this one too. The art is done in the mostly black and white manga style so it’s not as elaborate or fancy as some other graphic novels, but it works. The story is about a girl named Freddy and her and on and off again relationship with Laura Dean. Laura’s character is not particularly developed but it works as a purpose to Freddy’s journey and development.

I related to the storyline. I think a lot of people have been in a relationship with someone who did not treat them well. Like Freddy, my first love ran hot and cold and caused me a lot of grief. The novel actually has a good reflection on love and breakups towards the end. It seems obvious in retrospect how being in love does not mean you can not leave someone. Love is really not in enough in cases where you are putting someone ahead of so much else in your life.

A good read and recommended if you can relate to these kind of relationships. It’s universal and part of the growing up process.

Read November 15, 2020.

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