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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > June 2019 > Shot through the heart

Shot through the heart

Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell collaborate on a Californiacool graphic novel about falling for the wrong person

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, ill. Groundwood Books, Ages 14+

IT’S THE COLOUR SCHEME that grabs you first in Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’sLawra Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me. The pages are predominantly black, white, and grey except for splashes of the most beatific shade ofpeachy-pink, which perfectly accentuate the bittersweet quality of this story of high-school heartache and friendship. The colourful touch first appears on falling balloons at a 19 8os-themed dance; elsewhere it’s the background of a speech bubble that simply reads, “sob,” and later it pops up in the toppings on a pancake. There’s no rhyme or reason to its presence, yet this singular colour becomes an anticipated comfort throughout the entire story.

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