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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Freddy (Frederica) is totally on the hook for Laura Dean. They’re dating— sort of—but Laura kisses other girls and only pays attention to Freddy when it suits Laura. Biracial (Asian/white) Freddy gets upset, cries to her friends, and then inevitably goes back to Laura when Laura wants her attention. It’s a miserable cycle, and it’s affecting Freddy’s friendships, especially with her best friend Doodle. In fact, Freddy is so wrapped up in her Laura drama that she’s oblivious to the fact that Doodle is going through a crisis—she’s pregnant and could use Freddy’s support. Acutely accurate portrayals propel a graphic novel in which Freddy finally realizes that she—and her best friend—deserve more. Freddy’s self-absorption is so believable, as are all of the finely drawn characters and relationships—for better and for worse. The art is done primarily in black- and-white with light pink as an accent throughout. ©2019 Cooperative Children's Book Center
Illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
CCBC Age Recommendation: Age 14 and older
Age Range: Grades 9-12 (Age 14 and older)
Format: Graphic Novel
Subjects: Friendship Lesbians LGBTQ+ Persons Teen Pregnancy
Diversity subject: Asian LGBTQ Character/Topic
First Second, Roaring Brook
Publish Year: 2019
CCBC Location: Non-Fiction, 741.5 Tamaki
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