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BREAKING UP is something different for the Gossip Girls set: all the drama, all the romance, all the style -- illustrated in juicy graphic novel format. "There's a fine line between a friend and an enemy. One minute there's all this trust, and laughter, and love. And the next minute . . . there's hurt. And cruelty. And betrayal." Meet Chloe Sacks: Thoughtful, artistic, and a BREAKING UP is something different for the Gossip Girls set: all the drama, all the romance, all the style -- illustrated in juicy graphic novel format. "There's a fine line between a friend and an enemy. One minute there's all this trust, and laughter, and love. And the next minute . . . there's hurt. And cruelty. And betrayal." Meet Chloe Sacks: Thoughtful, artistic, and a junior at Georgia O'Keeffe School for the Arts, nicknamed "Fashion High" for its trendy student body. Along with her best friends, Erika, Isabel, and MacKenzie, she's looking forward to a sparkling year of parties and romance. And it is an eventful year. But not quite what she expected. Who'd have thought that falling in love would be such a disaster?


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BREAKING UP is something different for the Gossip Girls set: all the drama, all the romance, all the style -- illustrated in juicy graphic novel format. "There's a fine line between a friend and an enemy. One minute there's all this trust, and laughter, and love. And the next minute . . . there's hurt. And cruelty. And betrayal." Meet Chloe Sacks: Thoughtful, artistic, and a BREAKING UP is something different for the Gossip Girls set: all the drama, all the romance, all the style -- illustrated in juicy graphic novel format. "There's a fine line between a friend and an enemy. One minute there's all this trust, and laughter, and love. And the next minute . . . there's hurt. And cruelty. And betrayal." Meet Chloe Sacks: Thoughtful, artistic, and a junior at Georgia O'Keeffe School for the Arts, nicknamed "Fashion High" for its trendy student body. Along with her best friends, Erika, Isabel, and MacKenzie, she's looking forward to a sparkling year of parties and romance. And it is an eventful year. But not quite what she expected. Who'd have thought that falling in love would be such a disaster?

30 review for Breaking Up (Fashion High Graphic Novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Seth T.

    Thinking it was about time to read some teen fiction marketed to/at girls, I picked up Aimee Friedman and Christine Norrie's Breaking Up (the cover lists it as A Fashion High graphic novel, so I assumed that Fashion High was an established brand in the teen-fiction arena, but a quick Googling has turned up nothing that would suggest the series is actually a series). The read, naturally, was light and breezy. It's an understandably inconsequential book, but one that's enjoyable in its excess of b Thinking it was about time to read some teen fiction marketed to/at girls, I picked up Aimee Friedman and Christine Norrie's Breaking Up (the cover lists it as A Fashion High graphic novel, so I assumed that Fashion High was an established brand in the teen-fiction arena, but a quick Googling has turned up nothing that would suggest the series is actually a series). The read, naturally, was light and breezy. It's an understandably inconsequential book, but one that's enjoyable in its excess of both drama and melodrama. Breaking Up charts the well-balanced cacophony that crops up in the lives of four girls who, until their tumultuous junior year of high school, have been best friends since time began. Now, growing into their own personalities and dreams and goals and tastes, they find that nothing lasts forever. It doesn't even last very long when everyone is petty, self-absorbed, and governed entirely by the convictions of others. Ah, high school. After all is said, the book was enjoyable. It would function perfectly as poolside reading as you sip margaritas out of mugs shaped like palm trees in Cancun. It never gets too heavy or depressing. The characters are cliched enough to keep you from too much mental heavy lifting (you know the geeky boy is a geek, despite dressing nonchalantly and looking halfway handsome, because he has a Star Trek t-shirt "not worn in an ironic/hipster way" and he mentions a friend wanting to have a Star Wars marathon). And Norrie's art is, as always, fluid and tells the story well (I'm a fan!).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Stephanie Jones Graphic Novel “Breaking Up” left no mystery to the reader because it basically shows exactly what happens on the front cover. Chloe is lying on her bed holding a picture of her and three other girls, and they seem to be best friends. That is a given. As I began to read the story, I realized it was just another typical high school story about teenagers and their many issues. These four girls- Chloe, Erika, Isabel, and MacKenzie have been best friends since elementary school and are Stephanie Jones Graphic Novel “Breaking Up” left no mystery to the reader because it basically shows exactly what happens on the front cover. Chloe is lying on her bed holding a picture of her and three other girls, and they seem to be best friends. That is a given. As I began to read the story, I realized it was just another typical high school story about teenagers and their many issues. These four girls- Chloe, Erika, Isabel, and MacKenzie have been best friends since elementary school and are now attending Georgia O’Keeffe School for the Arts (better known as “Fashion High”). The young ladies are attempting to maintain their lifelong friendships while discovering themselves as they get older. Of course, there are the issues of being popular, having boyfriends, and trying to remain friends through all of these changes. The girls begin to bump heads as their priorities begin to shift and they end up fighting. There was really nothing so special and surprising about this book except how Chloe falls for the school nerd.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This book is one of my absolute favorites. It talks about love and how a teenage life is. It is about 4 highschoolers at the stage where they are all changing from who they are, and from that they get into a huge fight. After a while then made up and were friends again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Breaking Up was an interesting novel that focused on how friendships can change during a person’s high school experience because of the pressures of school, social acceptance, and developing new relationships. For the four friends in this graphic novel, the changes came suddenly and without warning. I loved how the primary focus of this book was on the friendship aspect of the four characters, and not on their new relationships with boyfriends and other friends, and that the romance took a backse Breaking Up was an interesting novel that focused on how friendships can change during a person’s high school experience because of the pressures of school, social acceptance, and developing new relationships. For the four friends in this graphic novel, the changes came suddenly and without warning. I loved how the primary focus of this book was on the friendship aspect of the four characters, and not on their new relationships with boyfriends and other friends, and that the romance took a backseat to the important relationships in Breaking Up. It was a quick read, and I would recommend it. It wasn’t my favorite graphic novel I’ve read but it was definitely good. The artwork was also really great, and brought the story alive.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Don't get me wrong--this comic is NOTHING deep or earth-shattering. But it's a simple story that is very elegantly told... great art complements a solid story of friendship dissolving in the face of popularity and peer pressure and falling in nerdly love. Norrie really gets both her teenage characters and target audience... these are some of the best-drawn clothes I've ever seen in comics (and I am NOT a clothes person to notice this kind of thing). Also, there are many great comics flourishes w Don't get me wrong--this comic is NOTHING deep or earth-shattering. But it's a simple story that is very elegantly told... great art complements a solid story of friendship dissolving in the face of popularity and peer pressure and falling in nerdly love. Norrie really gets both her teenage characters and target audience... these are some of the best-drawn clothes I've ever seen in comics (and I am NOT a clothes person to notice this kind of thing). Also, there are many great comics flourishes where the interiority of the character is reflected in the art, subtle but well executed throughout. Realistic fiction is not my thing, romance is not my thing, and traditionally girlie comics are not my thing, but I was thoroughly charmed by this. Note to librarians: references to lost and up-for-grabs virginity and party drinking may keep this on your shelves for older kids, but it's essentially pretty wholesome stuff.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannahj

    i can't believe im editing this ok, so this book wasn't exactly a.... pick of mine in the library some of the boys (you know who you are) told me this suits me well...ughh. well, just to suprise them i got this and thought it was gonna be cheesy yet personally, it was quite good... sorta weird, but quite good so, chloe has 3 best friends (isabel,isa!), erika (rika!), and MacKenzie(mac). mackenzie is a real problem in the book cause shes a...um... bad person well... anyways iwanted to read sisterhood of i can't believe im editing this ok, so this book wasn't exactly a.... pick of mine in the library some of the boys (you know who you are) told me this suits me well...ughh. well, just to suprise them i got this and thought it was gonna be cheesy yet personally, it was quite good... sorta weird, but quite good so, chloe has 3 best friends (isabel,isa!), erika (rika!), and MacKenzie(mac). mackenzie is a real problem in the book cause shes a...um... bad person well... anyways iwanted to read sisterhood of the traveling pants but i spent my time reading this, and now im back to the sisterhood, cause ive been dying to get back to it, so yay!! btw, this is good for girls, and not boys,itll totally disgust boys and maybe some girls.. you might be able to guess whats in the book... think... what happens to a normal kid in high school?... not really a 5th grader book. more older people

  7. 5 out of 5

    louisa

    I'm going to repeat Carolina's 4 star review which I agree with entirely: "Good storytelling elevates standard teen yarn (friendship falling apart as coming-of-age takes girls in different directions). Recommend for girl readers (as well as those of us who remember being a teenage girl). Reminds me a bit of My So-Called-Life"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richa Bhattarai

    You know how the story ends as soon as you read the first page. Or even with a glimpse of the jacket. Predictable story notwithstanding, enjoyed this novel and read it in an hour. Because this graphic novel is rich in details, has lovely illustrations, and makes for an easy, pleasurable read. Also because it reminded me intensely of absolute childhood and teenage pleasures - Tinkle, Chacha Chaudhary, and especially Archie Comics and Mean Girls. It's chick lit through and through (of which I'm ext You know how the story ends as soon as you read the first page. Or even with a glimpse of the jacket. Predictable story notwithstanding, enjoyed this novel and read it in an hour. Because this graphic novel is rich in details, has lovely illustrations, and makes for an easy, pleasurable read. Also because it reminded me intensely of absolute childhood and teenage pleasures - Tinkle, Chacha Chaudhary, and especially Archie Comics and Mean Girls. It's chick lit through and through (of which I'm extremely fond of). Told by a shy teen always overshadowed by her more outgoing and fashionable friends, it takes us through a journey of high school love, crushes, animosities and adolescent angst. The hero here are the graphics. Immaculately drawn, even emotions artistically projected, clean and appealing - I just wish I could see them in dazzling color. Definitely appealed to the part of me reserved for all things feminine and artistic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rain Misoa

    ...why do I put myself through such torture? Just... why? I just don't understand. I hate books/graphic novels/manga/anime/anything you can think of like this. I can never read them with a straight face or with love because I just HATE these types of books! I really do. Yet... here I am... reviewing this... because I actually read it. *Sighs* Sometimes I wonder what goes on in my head. Oh well... so I went to the library... picked this up... because I felt like reading a comic book. And this is ...why do I put myself through such torture? Just... why? I just don't understand. I hate books/graphic novels/manga/anime/anything you can think of like this. I can never read them with a straight face or with love because I just HATE these types of books! I really do. Yet... here I am... reviewing this... because I actually read it. *Sighs* Sometimes I wonder what goes on in my head. Oh well... so I went to the library... picked this up... because I felt like reading a comic book. And this is what I got. Nothing but a bunch of stupid high school girls complaining about high school drama that really shouldn't be a problem in the first place but is... for whatever reason and the girls... BUNCH OF SHALLOW PEANUTS! Bah! How!? Why!? I can't! AKHNDSKDFNSKNDSLDLKNSKDCNSKJNDCSKNDCSLJMNDCSLNDCKSBNKSNDCSKLNK,SNDCSKLNDCK,SNDCBKSNDCKNCSJKB I'm a little better now. Let's move on to an actual cohesive review. Aimee Friedman wrote the story to this graphic novel. Yeah... Nothing amazing to add here. She wrote a story that people have been writing for years! Some girl wanting to be popular, being afraid to be herself, friends betraying each other, guys being douches, another guy being sweet, guys pressuring girls to have sex, etc. Same old, same old. There was nothing new her. Nothing invigorating. Nothing exciting. Typical high school drama. But I guess... that seeing as how that was the goal to this whole graphic novel, there's not much I can say against it. Going into this book, I knew that this was the story. I knew I was going to hate it. And I did. However, considering the whole "high school drama" was the main point, I can't fault the book. It set out to prove something in this "dramatic high school" and I think it succeeded. So, even though I hated this book, I can't say it was awful for what it wanted to do. Hence, the two star rating. (But if it was up to me, I'd give it a one.) Why didn't I give it a higher rating? Well, it HAS been done before and doesn't ass anything new to the plate so I don't think it deserves higher than a two. Moving on! The art style. I actually liked the art in the graphic novel. Christine Norrie did a pretty good job. Everything is so detailed and the line art so clean, smooth, it just makes me happy to look at it. Despite what's being said story-wise, I was actually very involved with the artwork. I felt the characters were very expressive... albeit cartoony. There were some scenes where there was firing coming out of one of the characters ears and mouth but I liked that! It added flavor to what was going on. It made it comical and made me interested in what was going on... even if it was short lived. All-in-all, the artwork was amazing. There was only one panel I did not agree with but that's more of a personal issue. I liked the character and to have her drawn as being a "backstabber" really put me off. But like I said, personal issue. Norrie did an excellent job with this graphic novel. This is about the ONLY thing I enjoyed about this book. Everything else blew... Like the characters! I bloody HATED the characters. Well, all except two. First character I hated was the main character, Chloe. She was so shallow. She claimed not to care about popularity but the moment when a guy who is considered a "geek" starts showing her affection and she finds herself returning those feelings, she's embarrassed to be seen with him. She keeps him a secret from her "friends" (they aren't real friends) and then denies she ever had feelings for him. Just... ARGH! She doesn't really improve much towards the end either. Another character I hate was Isabel. One of her friends was having guy trouble (boyfriend trying to pressure her into sex) and she says to give in to him! WHAT FRIEND GIVES THAT ADVICE!? A SHITTY ONE! She, too, pissed me off. I think the character I hated the most was MacKenzie. She was your typical slut cliche character. Wanted to be popular, have the hot guy, sleep around with whoever, and didn't want to be seen with "losers." Jesus... I hated her. If I talk to much about her then spoilers would be revealed but... ugh... she makes me sick. Now for characters I liked. Erika is also a part of the group of friends Chloe is in, but she was the only one with feelings and a brain. She stood up for herself when people walked all over her. She was understanding of everyone's problems. She was the only one who I was okay with. She didn't get on my nerves and I was hoping to see a lot more of her than that blasted Chloe. Seriously, Erika was cool (plus, she has an awesome name! Yay for anime references!!!) Another character I was okay with was Adam. In school, he was known as a "loser" but really, he was sweet, kind, and gentle. He didn't deserve to be with a certain someone. I was hoping he would get someone better but meh. I liked that he was forgiving despite what happened to him. That was a cool thing for him to do. Let's just face it, readers, Erika and Adam were the only two that made it worth all the pain I went through reading this crap. Here's the run down: if you like reading about high school drama, pick this graphic novel up. I think you will like it. If not, STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS! You will go insane and want to kill something or burn something (like this book). I was not a fan. It made me roll my eyes more than a couple of times. I was really wishing this book would end. In fact, I hated this book so much that it took me FOREVER to finish it. I can get done with a comic book in half an hour tops! This took more than a week! So... it's up to you. Read it if you really want to. If not, skip it. I'm off to bleach out my brain... AGAIN! DX

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kaley

    Light 7/10 I enjoyed reading it, and the art style was really nice. I liked how it did explore friendship, even when it went from catty to underwelming at times.. Some of the thoughts and doubts that Chloe had throughout the story I was able to understand easily. I wanted more romance; their was a cute couple to root for and though it wasn't main focus it could've been more developed, It had too much telling rather than showing. Overall it was enjoyable and if you want quick contemporary graphic n Light 7/10 I enjoyed reading it, and the art style was really nice. I liked how it did explore friendship, even when it went from catty to underwelming at times.. Some of the thoughts and doubts that Chloe had throughout the story I was able to understand easily. I wanted more romance; their was a cute couple to root for and though it wasn't main focus it could've been more developed, It had too much telling rather than showing. Overall it was enjoyable and if you want quick contemporary graphic novel, I recommend it :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Makenzi Keller

    I like the part were Mackenzie drew them on a raft with words around it that might affect them as friends. It was also good because they were total different people but they still tried to stay together. I also liked this book because I could relate to it. It was eh when they had a hug fight and they never became best friends again. I would recommend this book to people who like drama.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Jean Lareau

    This 10-year-old gn feels a little dated, though the sentiments are spot-on.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Tumbleson

    The book I chose was “Breaking Up”, by Aimee Friedman. It was about four junior high school girls who were best friends but became enemies. At the beginning of the year, they were excited to begin a new school year together. That began to change when Mackenzie started to worry about her social status. She and Chloe (the main character) had been best friends ever since they were kids, but Mackenzie soon started becoming close with Nicola, the most popular girl in school. Other friends, Isabel and The book I chose was “Breaking Up”, by Aimee Friedman. It was about four junior high school girls who were best friends but became enemies. At the beginning of the year, they were excited to begin a new school year together. That began to change when Mackenzie started to worry about her social status. She and Chloe (the main character) had been best friends ever since they were kids, but Mackenzie soon started becoming close with Nicola, the most popular girl in school. Other friends, Isabel and Erika were also starting to spend time doing other things. Erika was always with her boyfriend, Kyle, and Isabel was very busy with dance. Chloe was upset and began focusing on her art. Soon she starting hanging out with Adam, who was a nerd. They began dating, but kept it a secret from all of Chloe’s friends because she was embarrassed of him. When the girls found out, they blew up. They were also upset at each other for keeping other secret, or not having the same reaction to certain things, or they just weren't happy with how the other girls were turning into. Kyle and Chloe, as well as the friend group, all broke up. Will they ever solve their problems? Read the book to find out! This graphic novel is very interesting because there are so many conflicts going on at once, and you get to be in the mindset of a teenage girl throughout every situation. For example, Chloe was losing her best friend to Nicola. On the first day of school, Mackenzie showed up with a tattoo. Nicola had already known about it before Chloe or any of the other girls did. Chloe said, “You didn't tell me you wanted to get one.” (pg. 8) It was very upsetting to her that she didn't know everything in her best friend’s life. She had always been the one Mackenzie had gone to whenever something exciting happened or was possibly going to happen. It made Chloe think she had done something wrong or upsetting to Mackenzie that made her not want to trust her with information. She soon learned that all Mackenzie cared about was popularity, and if she ever wanted to become popular she’d have to ditch Chloe and the girls for Nicola. Another issue Chloe had was having to defending Erika against Mackenzie and Isabel. Chloe already had the stress of losing her friend with Mackenzie. But she made it worse by adding taking Erika’s side to the mix. Erika and Kyle had been dating over a year, and he wanted to take their relationship to the next level: sex. Erika just didn't feel ready for that yet. It was a big deal to her. Isabel and Mackenzie thought he was right, they needed to take the relationship up a notch. They didn't think he was asking for too much. Erika says, “ I am attracted to him. And I love fooling around with him. But sex feels so huge to me--really serious and intense. I’m not really sure he should be the one.” (pg. 46.) But Chloe did think it was fair of her to not want that. She thought it was a good idea to save herself for someone whom she thought were completely worthy. That divided the group and created tension between them. Erika was disappointed in Isabel for not understand and supporting her decision, but appreciated it from Chloe. Mackenzie thought Chloe was completely wrong for agreeing, because she knew nothing about having a relationship since she never had on before. Which leads to another problem: Chloe was her becoming friends with Adam. Chloe never really hung out with anyone out of her circle of friends, especially with boys for that matter. She enjoyed spending time with him. He was kind, smart, funny, artistic, and kind of handsome. One day she got an email from Adam asking her to hangout. She turned him down because she was afraid of her friends finding out, but she told him she was just too busy. She realized what a big mistake she made, so the next time he offered, she said yes! She began to worry that she had grown feelings for him, “Do I... have a crush on Adam?” (pg. 62). She couldn't believe it herself, but she had! She invited him to Gabe’s (Nicola’s boyfriend) New Years party. They kissed at midnight, and that was a turning point for their relationship. They began to hang out more and more, and soon became an item. Like Chloe thought, the girls were not happy for her and thought she was just committing social suicide. Chloe had to find a way to make the girls see what she saw in Adam so they could be together with approval from her friends, which was most important to her.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amber Brownlow

    Breaking Up is a graphic novel that tells the story of four high school friends, and the ups and downs they experience through their junior year of high school. I picked this book up on a complete whim at the library and I'm glad I did. I flew through this book and couldn't put it down until it was finished. To me, this book really described what high school and friendship can be like. When we are younger, and sometimes even older, we can put a lot of emphasis on what our friends/co-workers think Breaking Up is a graphic novel that tells the story of four high school friends, and the ups and downs they experience through their junior year of high school. I picked this book up on a complete whim at the library and I'm glad I did. I flew through this book and couldn't put it down until it was finished. To me, this book really described what high school and friendship can be like. When we are younger, and sometimes even older, we can put a lot of emphasis on what our friends/co-workers think, instead of doing what makes us happy. This book really showed this and that we should put ourselves first, and in the end, everything will work out if it is meant to be. I think this book delivers a great message to both younger and older readers. This story was told in so much truth, that I could imagine I was back in high school while reading it. I would recommend this graphic novel; I'm very happy that I stumbled upon it and decided to give it a try.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com Friends forever! That is exactly how Chloe Sacks feels about her tight group of girlfriends. Since what seems like forever, Chloe, Isabel, Erika, and Mackenzie have been inseparable. They did everything together, from sharing secrets to gossiping with one another. And when they start out their junior year together, Chloe is sure that it will be another great year for them all. But little does she know that as they enter their j Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com Friends forever! That is exactly how Chloe Sacks feels about her tight group of girlfriends. Since what seems like forever, Chloe, Isabel, Erika, and Mackenzie have been inseparable. They did everything together, from sharing secrets to gossiping with one another. And when they start out their junior year together, Chloe is sure that it will be another great year for them all. But little does she know that as they enter their junior year, they may actually become distant. The new school year does not start off too well for the girls. Instead of having all of their classes together they only have one--Health, with the very weird Ms. Lamour. Not only are their schedules changing, but so are they. It seems like all Mackenzie can think about is getting "in" with the popular crowd, befriending Nicola Burnett, the girlfriend of Gabe, who Mackenzie is beginning to fall for. Isabel is having trouble with her very controlling parents, especially when she really wants to date soccer player Brad Richmond. Erika loves her boyfriend, Kyle, very much, but is beginning to question their relationship since all Kyle thinks about is pressuring her to take their relationship to the "next level." And Chloe is beginning to have feelings for Adam Stevenson, who, unfortunately, around school is considered a loser, even by her own friends. A new year, new relationships, and a new perspective on how the girls begin to look at each other. It seems like the girls' junior year isn't turning out to be what they expected. Different from what Aimee Friedman normally writes, BREAKING UP: A FASHION HIGH GRAPHIC NOVEL, is a quick and easy read that will definitely pull the reader in from the very beginning. Aimee Friedman hits the target with high school angst in this graphic novel, with characters that are easy for the readers to relate to. The novel deals with real life issues from relationships to friends. It was like watching another episode of Degrassi. And the pictures, illustrated by Christine Norrie, were absolutely amazing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Chloe, Erika, Isabel, and MacKenzie are eleventh graders at the Georgia O’Keeffe School for the Arts. These four girls are the best of friends, sharing everything—classes, gossip, secrets, and opinions. What Chloe and the others are about to discover is that while wisdom does not necessarily come with age, change certainly does. Chloe starts out as somebody who has it all. She is going to a famous art school; she is popular and she has three best friends who she loves. Chloe and her friends grow Chloe, Erika, Isabel, and MacKenzie are eleventh graders at the Georgia O’Keeffe School for the Arts. These four girls are the best of friends, sharing everything—classes, gossip, secrets, and opinions. What Chloe and the others are about to discover is that while wisdom does not necessarily come with age, change certainly does. Chloe starts out as somebody who has it all. She is going to a famous art school; she is popular and she has three best friends who she loves. Chloe and her friends grow apart during their junior year as Mackenzie becomes a social climber; Erika deals with a pushy boyfriend; Chloe has to come to terms with her geeky crush on Adam and Isabel tries to hold it all together. Chloe and Adam begin to date but Chloe won't tell her friends, fearing their judgement. Before they know it, everything blows up and destroys their friendship. These four girls question if and how this friendship can ever be repaired or if the (friend) ship has sailed. They learn that the best of friends can weather any fight. This graphic novel was predictable, and the characters where cliche but nonetheless it was perfect for teenagers and pre teens. The author told the story well, with amazing pictures to go along with it, the pictures definitely brought out the story and added insight about the characters as you saw their unique styles they showed off. I enjoyed reading a graphic novel despite the fact that I personally can't get "sucked into" graphic novels as much as I can with regular novels. The fact that there are pictures definitely diminish the possibility of letting words remove your mind from reality. In the end, Breaking Up was an enjoyable read that didn't take much time to read, it taught me that true friends are worth it, and had great pictures. It was humorous, relatable, sweet yet not very engaging for the reader.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    Chloe is part of a tight group of four friends. They have hung out together since childhood and they do everything together. Chloe's best friend Mackenzie is the leader of the group and obsessed with being popular. They've been best friends since they were little, but this year Chloe notices the Mackenzie has changed. They used to tell each other everything, but now Mackenzie's gotten a tattoo and didn't even say anything. She's also ignoring her friends to hang out with the uber-popular Nicola Chloe is part of a tight group of four friends. They have hung out together since childhood and they do everything together. Chloe's best friend Mackenzie is the leader of the group and obsessed with being popular. They've been best friends since they were little, but this year Chloe notices the Mackenzie has changed. They used to tell each other everything, but now Mackenzie's gotten a tattoo and didn't even say anything. She's also ignoring her friends to hang out with the uber-popular Nicola (and, unbeknownst to Nicola, Mackenzie is scheming to get together with Nic's super-popular boyfriend). When Chloe starts getting to know a boy in her art class, she hides the friendship from her friends because she's afraid that they'll think he's a loser. But how long can she hide her developing relationship with him? What will happen if they find out? And should she really be friends with people who would judge her this way? This is a great graphic novel and I'm hopeful that it will become a series. The characters are a lot of fun and the art is great. The fights between friends in the book are really realistic and took me right back to high school. Highly recommended for fans of chick lit and it would probably be appropriate for younger teens (12+). There is brief mention of Mackenzie losing her virginity and talk of another of the girls' boyfriend pressuring her to have sex, but nothing "graphic". Readalike suggestions: Fans of graphic novels should check out "PLAIN Janes" by Cecil Castellucci. Older readers might like the Jessica Darling series by Meg McCafferty, as she goes through something similar with her friends (but beware- it's much more sexually graphic!), younger readers might enjoy "Truth or Dairy" by Catherine Clark or book by Sarah Dessen.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    The back of this book begins with the statement: "There's a fine line between a friend and an enemy. One minute there's all this TRUST, and LAUGHTER, and LOVE. And the next minute … there's HURT. And CRUELTY. And BETRAYAL." All of us have been there. We have had friendships fail for many different reasons but this book tries to examine a group of friends as they have a falling out and with some effort maybe recovery. What happens when best friends break up? This story is written following four fr The back of this book begins with the statement: "There's a fine line between a friend and an enemy. One minute there's all this TRUST, and LAUGHTER, and LOVE. And the next minute … there's HURT. And CRUELTY. And BETRAYAL." All of us have been there. We have had friendships fail for many different reasons but this book tries to examine a group of friends as they have a falling out and with some effort maybe recovery. What happens when best friends break up? This story is written following four friends through their junior year in high school. The four friends have a major blow up and falling out. As each goes their own way they encounter different problems and circumstances in life. And yet soon they realize that life sometimes bring us back to people who meant a lot to us. And sometimes it is the time apart that makes friendships strongest. The story is very well written. Aimee Friedman and Christine Norrie have crafted a great graphic novel. The art work is awesome, similar in style to both Faith Erin Hicks and Hope Larson. The story is in some ways like Cecil Castellucci's and Jim Rugg's Janes series. It was a great read and a graphic novel I know I will read many times over. Read the review and with links to other reviews of books by the authors on my blog Book Reviews and More. And also an author profile and interview with Aimee Friedman.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steph Su

    For YA lovers with little to no experience in the genre of graphic novels, Breaking Up is a good place to start. This cute, quick, and wonderfully illustrated romantic drama depicts the junior year of four best friends: socially conscious Mackenzie, sassy but restricted Isabel, sweet Erika, and artsy Chloe. Eleventh grade brings about many changes for the girls. Once, they used to spend all their free time together. Now, however, Mackenzie can often be found trailing after Nicola, the most popula For YA lovers with little to no experience in the genre of graphic novels, Breaking Up is a good place to start. This cute, quick, and wonderfully illustrated romantic drama depicts the junior year of four best friends: socially conscious Mackenzie, sassy but restricted Isabel, sweet Erika, and artsy Chloe. Eleventh grade brings about many changes for the girls. Once, they used to spend all their free time together. Now, however, Mackenzie can often be found trailing after Nicola, the most popular girl in school with the hottest boyfriend, Gabe, whom Mackenzie likes. Isabel struggles to convince her parents to let her date, and Erika has trouble deciding whether or not to go the next step with her longtime boyfriend Kyle. Meanwhile, Chloe has befriended Adam Stevenson, a certified “geek loser,” according to people like Mackenzie. Chloe and Adam talk every day in art class, and Chloe finds him smart, sweet, and sensitive. However, Chloe is afraid that her friends will not approve of him, and so decides to date him in secret. What will happen when her friends discover that she’s been lying to them, though? Growing up also means changing. Will the girls’ friendship survive the different people that they’ve become? Drama most certainly occurs in high school, and readers will relate to Mackenzie, Isabel, Erika, and Chloe’s problems and conflicts. Yet BREAKING UP happily leaves us with hope and the enduring nature of true friendship.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sophiah

    There is these four friends who been friends since they were seven. Isabel who is talented, Mackenzie who is sassy, Erica who is sweet, and the narrator Chloe who is an artist. This whole book mostly takes place in high school. In the beginning things start getting like a wave. The one who started changing a lot was Mackenzie. The main problem is that Mackenzie befriended Chloe, Erica, and Isabel. Mackenzie is the one who caused mostly all the problems. Chloe, Erica, and Isabel think Mackenzie i There is these four friends who been friends since they were seven. Isabel who is talented, Mackenzie who is sassy, Erica who is sweet, and the narrator Chloe who is an artist. This whole book mostly takes place in high school. In the beginning things start getting like a wave. The one who started changing a lot was Mackenzie. The main problem is that Mackenzie befriended Chloe, Erica, and Isabel. Mackenzie is the one who caused mostly all the problems. Chloe, Erica, and Isabel think Mackenzie is not a good friend. From the beginning the characters seemed believable and original. For example, Mackenzie wants to change for this guy. It seemed original because it really happens to most of people. It’s familiar with today because when kids get to high school they change a lot. It was well-paced, it gave good description. For example, the author let the reader know what the mean is specific words. The author did a good job on the setting; it was like if I was there. This book has some kind of misunderstanding words, but it is a great book. The lesson they learned was understanding and believable. Like, they learned that high school shouldn’t change their friendship. I really like this book because it has a lot of interesting problems that the characters have. I would recommend this book to people who like high school problems. I would rate this book five out of five stars. This book is very simple, but understanding. I like that this book is a graphic novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Margo

    Genre: Graphic Novel/First Love/Popularity (Graphic Novel requirement) Chloe and her friends attend a high school for the arts nick-named "Fashion High" because of the artsy style of all the students. Chloe's group of friends are close knit and have been forever. One friend is obsessed with being popular, another is in a serious relationship that is pushing her limits, and Chloe is embarassed of a boy she likes who she doesn't think would fit in among her friends. When she starts dating him behin Genre: Graphic Novel/First Love/Popularity (Graphic Novel requirement) Chloe and her friends attend a high school for the arts nick-named "Fashion High" because of the artsy style of all the students. Chloe's group of friends are close knit and have been forever. One friend is obsessed with being popular, another is in a serious relationship that is pushing her limits, and Chloe is embarassed of a boy she likes who she doesn't think would fit in among her friends. When she starts dating him behind their backs, it hinders the relationship because her boyfriend knows she is embarassed of him. Eventually her friends lives come crashing down as well and they have to rebuild their friendship in order to put everything back together again, but not without a lot of girl drama and mind games! This graphic novel is printed entirely in black and white which makes it less exciting as other graphic novels I have read. The story line is just what you would except from a book titled "Breaking Up." The Chick lit subject matter would bore males to tears but it actually quite applicable for teen girls. The struggles Chloe and her friends go through are rampant in high schools around the country today. The story could easily be told without the graphic novel format which makes the illustrations somewhat distracting and unnecessary. But still a good for what it was intended to be.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dreamergirl

    I got this book out of the library because it was by one of my many favorite authors, Aimee Friedman. But I can't say this book was something that I "really liked". Some things disturbed me-a lot. But it was nice that the graphics showed life of normal girls in good detail. The characters were great here(even though I mostly didn't agree with all of them). But that didn't pull me into the story mostly because the plot was very annoying. I thought from the covers, "Breaking Up", that it was going I got this book out of the library because it was by one of my many favorite authors, Aimee Friedman. But I can't say this book was something that I "really liked". Some things disturbed me-a lot. But it was nice that the graphics showed life of normal girls in good detail. The characters were great here(even though I mostly didn't agree with all of them). But that didn't pull me into the story mostly because the plot was very annoying. I thought from the covers, "Breaking Up", that it was going to be this romantic gooey story and I wouldn't have minded, but some of the girls actions were mindless and foolish, something I'd never do in my life. I was very disappointed with this book and it lowered my "respect" bar for Aimee Friedman. There was really too much making out for a graphic novel,and I'm not a freak, I even liked her "Sea Change" because 1) it was well written, 2) the story was pretty awesome, and 3)even though there were some romantic scenes she didn't make it into a big deal like in this book for example. The story was obviously more important to her in Sea Change, but here I don't even remember what the story was, I think she thought about putting in some trashy stuff and sealing the envelope to make some money. It's fine, it's not like I hate her forever because of it but I wouldn't recommend. Interest level: Very low Reading level: Very easy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Allen

    This book brought me back to my days of reading Archie Comic Books... Just update for a new generation. Chloe, Mackenzie, Erika and Isabelle are best friends in their junior year of high school at The Georgia O'Keefe School of the Arts... or Fashion High as they like to call it. The beginning of the year finds Mackenzie caring way more about what the popular kids at school think and when Chloe finds herself falling for the "nerdy-artsy" boy at school Mackenzie is immediately concerned about the This book brought me back to my days of reading Archie Comic Books... Just update for a new generation. Chloe, Mackenzie, Erika and Isabelle are best friends in their junior year of high school at The Georgia O'Keefe School of the Arts... or Fashion High as they like to call it. The beginning of the year finds Mackenzie caring way more about what the popular kids at school think and when Chloe finds herself falling for the "nerdy-artsy" boy at school Mackenzie is immediately concerned about the foursomes position on the social ladder at school. Meanwhile Erika's boyfriend of over a year is pressuring her to have sex with him which she doesn't feel ready for. When she expresses her feelings to her friends Mackenzie and Isabelle encourage her to sleep with him while only Chloe backs her up and tells her that if she isn't ready she should walk away from the relationship. Can the foursomes friendship last the ups and downs of junior year? I kind of had the feeling that the author thought of herself as the Chloe in this book... she kind of had that "holier than though" type attitude. Plus it felt a little too tailor made for the Gossip Girl Generation so I'm giving it a 3 out of 5. While it was a quick, fun read, it did have me rolling my eyes a lot and longing for my wholesome Archie comics. Book contains underage alcohol usage and teenage sex... just so you know. ;)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Breaking Up details the tumultuous junior year of four high school friends: everyone is changing and growing, and things between the friends aren't as pleasant as they've always been. Been there, done that -- this graphic novels follows a relatively realistic plot line with well-defined, though cliche, characters. The plot moves at a good speed, introducing key elements without harping too much on any single one, and the art is well done. The story deals with great topics that I remember facing Breaking Up details the tumultuous junior year of four high school friends: everyone is changing and growing, and things between the friends aren't as pleasant as they've always been. Been there, done that -- this graphic novels follows a relatively realistic plot line with well-defined, though cliche, characters. The plot moves at a good speed, introducing key elements without harping too much on any single one, and the art is well done. The story deals with great topics that I remember facing in high school. Downsides: the characters are cliche. Mackenzie is evil for the sake of being evil, and I didn't feel like I knew Erika and Isabel very well. Almost all of the graphic novel's problems could have been solved through proper communication, something that I both like and hate because on one hand, it's realistic -- people are terrible at communicating sometimes -- but on the other, it's frustrating to watch these girls tear themselves apart when talking things over could have solved everything. Overall, worth reading once. This is a quick graphic novel that touches on some great themes and ends, I think, in the perfect place.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This graphic novel would certainly not be my typical choice in reading material, but it was entertaining enough. I think a graphic novel such as this would really appeal to middle school girls and maybe some high school girls. The whole storyline is centered on the high school drama of relationships. A group of pretty and talented high school girls struggle with boyfriends, popularity, and friendship as their priorities shift in different directions. The protagonist struggles to maintain her fri This graphic novel would certainly not be my typical choice in reading material, but it was entertaining enough. I think a graphic novel such as this would really appeal to middle school girls and maybe some high school girls. The whole storyline is centered on the high school drama of relationships. A group of pretty and talented high school girls struggle with boyfriends, popularity, and friendship as their priorities shift in different directions. The protagonist struggles to maintain her friendship with the group of girls because popularity is becoming increasingly important to the other girls, and she finds herself falling for the nerdiest, dorkiest boy in the whole school. It is only after the girls learn to accept themselves, realign their priorities, and remember how important their friendship is that the girls are able to unite and enjoy high school life. This novel was a quick read, and I enjoyed it well enough though it was lacking in depth. I would recommend this novel to any teenage or pre-teen girl, especially girls who may be reluctant readers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    LFPL Teen Services

    Chloe (who oddly looks blonde in the book, but brunette on the cover) learns the many ways you can break up with a person. Whether it be your best friends or your secret boyfriend, breaking up is hard to do. And re-building relationships after they're broken is even harder. The art in this graphic novel is squeaky clean and sometimes you might accidentally confuse characters if they don't have their glasses on, or their hair is pulled up. Chloe and drop-dead-gorgeous-babe Mackenzie look like twin Chloe (who oddly looks blonde in the book, but brunette on the cover) learns the many ways you can break up with a person. Whether it be your best friends or your secret boyfriend, breaking up is hard to do. And re-building relationships after they're broken is even harder. The art in this graphic novel is squeaky clean and sometimes you might accidentally confuse characters if they don't have their glasses on, or their hair is pulled up. Chloe and drop-dead-gorgeous-babe Mackenzie look like twins at times, as do deep-into-music-gal Erika and dance-to-you-drop-hey-my-parents-won't-let-me-do-anything Isabel. A superfast read with real-life teenage drama that characters react to with realistic responses, this book will appeal to reluctant girl readers as well as girls who dig social drama stories. The characters are well developed, and I think I'm falling in love with Adam too. Recommended for ages 14 and up. ~Lisa S.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Chloe (who oddly looks blonde in the book, but brunette on the cover) learns the many ways you can break up with a person. Whether it be your best friends or your secret boyfriend, breaking up is hard to do. And re-building relationships after they're broken is even harder. The art in this graphic novel is squeaky clean and sometimes you might accidentally confuse characters if they don't have their glasses on, or their hair is pulled up. Chloe and drop-dead-gorgeous-babe Mackenzie look like twin Chloe (who oddly looks blonde in the book, but brunette on the cover) learns the many ways you can break up with a person. Whether it be your best friends or your secret boyfriend, breaking up is hard to do. And re-building relationships after they're broken is even harder. The art in this graphic novel is squeaky clean and sometimes you might accidentally confuse characters if they don't have their glasses on, or their hair is pulled up. Chloe and drop-dead-gorgeous-babe Mackenzie look like twins at times, as do deep-into-music-gal Erika and dance-to-you-drop-hey-my-parents-won't-let-me-do-anything Isabel. A superfast read with real-life teenage drama that characters react to with realistic responses, this book will appeal to reluctant girl readers as well as girls who dig social drama stories. The characters are well developed, and I think I'm falling in love with Adam too.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kricket

    don't be fooled by the silliness of "fashion high" being included in the title. chloe and her friends mackenzie, isabel, and erika have nicknamed their high school that because of its focus on the arts, with the result being that everyone dresses to express their personality. it's their junior year and the group of friends find that everything is changing. mackenzie is desperate about becoming more popular, erika's boyfriend is being a tool, isabel is fighting with her parents, and chloe is attr don't be fooled by the silliness of "fashion high" being included in the title. chloe and her friends mackenzie, isabel, and erika have nicknamed their high school that because of its focus on the arts, with the result being that everyone dresses to express their personality. it's their junior year and the group of friends find that everything is changing. mackenzie is desperate about becoming more popular, erika's boyfriend is being a tool, isabel is fighting with her parents, and chloe is attracted to the school nerd. while i wasn't thrilled by the stereotypes of popularity/nerdiness in the story, it certainly rings true to high-schoolness, along with the mess and confusion of changing friendships . the ending was wrapped up a bit too neatly as well. what made this one a 4-star is the gorgeous artwork by christine norrie. am definitely looking forward to seeing more from her.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    I know that books with positive messages get a little old for some kids, but I really like the way this book is set up. Completely geared towards girls, it is very well-done. The way the illustrator depicted the girls, guys, and the artistic views in Chloe's mind really makes this a book that a girl would want to pick up. I am so happy that there is a whole series devoted to this because I feel that a girl who is a reluctant reader might actually find a book that she feels she can read that is s I know that books with positive messages get a little old for some kids, but I really like the way this book is set up. Completely geared towards girls, it is very well-done. The way the illustrator depicted the girls, guys, and the artistic views in Chloe's mind really makes this a book that a girl would want to pick up. I am so happy that there is a whole series devoted to this because I feel that a girl who is a reluctant reader might actually find a book that she feels she can read that is still very "girlie" and acceptable. There are very positive messages about being accepted, accepting others, relationships between friends in high school, and relationships between boyfriends and girlfriends in high school. The book doesn't end with a big pretty red bow tied around it, but it ends in such a way that a situation probably would end for a real teenager.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Chloe and her friends (Mackenzie, Isabel and Erika) are entering their junior year at Georgia O’Keeffe School for the Arts. The once inseparable friends begin to drift apart as the school year progresses. Mackenzie tries to become the most popular girl in school, Erika struggles with pressure from her boyfriend to have sex, Isabel deals with overbearing parents and Chloe secretly falls in love with an unpopular geek. Themes include: popularity, peer-pressure, change, love, friendship, self-disco Chloe and her friends (Mackenzie, Isabel and Erika) are entering their junior year at Georgia O’Keeffe School for the Arts. The once inseparable friends begin to drift apart as the school year progresses. Mackenzie tries to become the most popular girl in school, Erika struggles with pressure from her boyfriend to have sex, Isabel deals with overbearing parents and Chloe secretly falls in love with an unpopular geek. Themes include: popularity, peer-pressure, change, love, friendship, self-discovery, and identity. The book is a fast, enjoyable and easy read. Christine Norrie’s black and white drawings vividly illustrate the emotionally charged relationships between the friends. Because the main characters are female and there is mature language used, the audience is high school girls.

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