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Title: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
Comment: Frederica is dating Laura Dean, the most popular girl in school but Laura keeps breaking up with her. Because of this Freddy writes an email to ANNA VICE, who has an advice column. (Book Beginnings.) And she goes with another friend to see if a fortune-teller can offer her advice to help her situation. (Friday 56)
Review and summary:
Tamaki is a genius at understanding people, specifically teens. She is the author of the coming-of-age book, One Summer, which won several awards. This time her tale takes readers to meet Frederica Riley who is miserable. She is in love with the most popular girl at school, Laura Dean. Laura is Freddy's dream girl but Laura keeps breaking up with Freddy. Freddy's other friends are thoughtful at first but get tired of the on again, off again drama. Freddy seeks advice on what to do from an advice columnist ANNA VICE and from a fortune-teller. The fortune-teller tells Freddy to break up with Laura Dean, to stop the dance that she is performing with her. ANNA VICE comes through with solid advice about what love should feel like and what it shouldn't feel like. In the meantime, Freddy has to figure out to how to be a good friend to others in her orbit and she sees first hand both positive and negative examples of relationships in her LGBTQ community. In the end Freddy finds love, acceptance, and happiness right under her nose.
I highly recommend this book for older teens and others who enjoy reading graphic novels. It is a fast read, taking me less than two hours to read.