I am all on board with the story Mariko Tamaki is telling in her novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, illustrated by the talented Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. I’m honestly a huge fan of books that teach about toxic relationships and the importance of getting out of them. Showing teenagers this and pushing them toward a resilience that would allow them to deal with such a rough situation and eventually help themselves is immensely important. I hope this novel handles the subject matter well.
Unfortunately, despite having a large amount of respect for this book, I don’t have a lot of interest in reading it. It seems to have gone over well, though, with a rather high star rating on Goodreads and I’m glad for that. I hope those who need this book find it.
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.
Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.
What are your thoughts on Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me? Do you think you might like to read it? Do you think you’d prefer not to? What do you think about the plot? How do you feel about the inclusion of a medium? Let me know in the comments! And happy reading!