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[READ: Summer 2021] Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me

Someone in the house brought this home from the libary and I knew I’d be reading it too.  I really like Mariko Tamaki and would read anything she wrote.

This story is about teen romance.  It’s set in Berkeley and has one of the biggest LGBTQ+ casts I’ve seen in a long time.  Since it’s set in Berkeley it’s not an issue, it’s common and cool.  It was great to read that.  I also like that she included a few segments about the earlier LGBTQ+ pioneers who made it safe for the younger generation to feel so safe.

The book opens with Freddy (Frederica) Riley writing to an advice columnist Anna Vice.  We see Freddy at a dance with her friends, including her best friend Doodle I love when characters have names like that).  Freddy is waiting for the titular Laura Dean to come to the dance.

Laura Dean is a tall, blonde, popular girl.  Their meeting story is adorable and Laura Dean is immediately charming. (more…)

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