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Aimee Friedman. Breaking Up
Graphix  $10.99  ISBN 978-0-439-74867-4  192 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

Friendship is a virtue…or so we are told. Everything is going fine through Elementary school and Middle School, but then comes High school. That is when everything changes. Chloe, Erika, Isabel and MacKenzie have been BFF for as long as they can remember. So why should this year be any different? The struggle for popularity and acceptance is brutally brought to life in the form of betrayal, romance and friendship.

This graphic novel brings forth images and stories that are amazingly accurate. The way that teenagers feel is so true and so real; Aimee Friedman writes it like it is. The illustrations by Christine Norrie are impeccable and again, completely realistic. The confusion that surrounds the first big day of high school is all there in the text, a very inspiring novel. To read and see the characters in the book grow up and perhaps grow apart seems so natural and so real. I love the imitation very much. Brilliant!

I would recommend Breaking Up for people thirteen years and up. It is a book that is meant for the mature, romantic reader. There are some scenes and words that are inappropriate for the younger reader.

This reviewer gives the graphic novel Breaking Up five mystifying stars!

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