Breaking Up (Fashion High Graphic Novel)
"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?
Chloe Sacks is an artist and a student at Georgia O'Keeffe School for the Arts. She is one of a close-knit group of pals, including her BFF, Mackenzie. As the girls start their junior year, they are tight. But junior year changes everything, as Chloe falls for a guy Mackenzie scorns and Mackenzie's own actions are morally reprehensible to Chloe.
This was my first graphic novel, and now I'm hooked. In fact, I read it in one sitting, unable to put it down until I found out exactly how Chloe's tale ended (or, at least, this portion of her tale; I'm hoping sequels will follow pronto). The characters are believable, and the conflicts and pleasures of both friendship and romance are convincingly portrayed. Chloe is a character anyone can relate to. The brilliant illustrations include flashbacks and portrayals of all-encompassing feelings (my favorite is of the four girls in a life raft tossed by a stormy sea, with the words "acne", "sex", "grades", "boyfriends",
"popularity", and "pressure" as part of the crashing waves). Very highly recommended for mature teens.
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 shes been lying to them, though? Growing up also means changing. Will the girls friendship survive the different people that theyve become?
Drama most certainly occurs in high school, and readers will relate to Mackenzie, Isabel, Erika, and Chloes problems and conflicts. Yet BREAKING UP happily leaves us with hope and the enduring nature of true friendship.