Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel

Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel

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ISBN-13: 9780439748674
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this and was hooked. It goes over almost everything a high school student goes through.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. **Reviewed by: Randstostipher 'tallnlankyrn' Nguyen
WarriorLibrary on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Easy to read and hard to put down.
TeriHogg on LibraryThing 10 months ago
So, you like a geeky guy, and are afraid to tell your friends because you know he¿s just not cool enough for them. Chloe, Mackenzie, Isabel, and Erika believe that they will be friends forever and that nothing could change that, but cracks appear during their Junior year. Chloe likes Adam; the nerdy guy in art class who everyone says is social suicide. Mackenzie befriends uber popular Nicola and secretly hooks up with her boyfriend, Erika¿s pressured to have sex, and Isobel argues with her parents over a boy. The friends fight, mistrust each other, and in the end, make up. The story is an easy read with characters that imitate shallow movie and tv show stereotypes. I had difficulty sometimes recognizing which character was Chloe and which was Mackenzie because they looked so similar. There is no shading in the stark black and white art, which makes everyone appear to be one race with only two choice of hair color, and everyone is beautiful and thin. However, the illustrations are strong and move the story along. Pressure to have sex and promoting underage drinking are two strong themes as are keeping up appearances and ditching uncool people. I wouldn¿t want my daughter reading this. Not recommended. Girls, ages 14-18.
DreamerGirl on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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 dissapointed 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 kissing 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. Not to mension that it goes against everything that I believe in,...It's fine, it's not like I hate her forever because of it but I wouldn't recommend.
readingsarah on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A little bit mean girls (but with way better fashion) this graphic novel doesn't represent my high school experience in any way except one...that fried break up can be a had one to bear.
maughta on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Uck! Could only finish about 30 pages of this monstrosity. If Anne Landers wrote a book about the way she thinks nerds, party girls, fashionistas, and sheltered girls interact in high school, this is what would happen. Bathetic!
MeriJenBen on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Chloe and MacKenzie have been best friends since childhood. Chloe is artistic and introverted; MacKenzie is daring and bold. They and two other friends, Erika and Isabel, navigate the perilous waters of Georgia O'Keeffe School for the arts, nicknamed Fashion High for it's creative and highly image conscious student body. Chloe is looking forward to a new year, but feels something is off. MacKenzie seems obsessed with popularity, particularly as it is personified in Gabe, a boorish jock, and Nicola, a fairly typical mean girl. Isabel struggles with overprotective parents and Erika is feeling pressured by her long-time boyfriend to have sex. Chloe herself is confused over her feelings for Adam Stevensen, a smart and charming boy with the lowest social standing at Fashion High. As MacKenzie starts an illicit relationship with Gabe and Chloe starts exploring her feelings for Adam, the four girls' friendship is put severely to the test.The beautiful black and white art work by Christine Norrie is what makes this fairly typical teen problem novel stand out. Norrie's work is clean and fluid, presented in crisp black and white. Facial expressions are truly her forte, and her work gives the characters of this book personality and verve. The storyline, dealing with the changing nature of girl's friendships, has been explored time and time again in teen fiction, and this book in feels very similar to several prose novels, most particularly The True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredericks. Although her themes are not new, Friedman does a fine job with them, managing to make viewpoint character Chloe both sympathetic and believable. She does less well with the secondary characters -- MacKenzie seems to have few redeeming qualities, and Erika and Isobel barely have any personality at all besides "The Rebellious One" and "The Sweet One". The romance between Chloe and Adam is tender and sweet, Erika and Isabel deal with their dilemmas satisfactorily, and while readers may feel that MacKenzie deserves her inevitable comeuppance, they will still emphasise with her. Overall, a solid read with gorgeous artwork that will appeal to fans of shojo manga.
kpickett on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Chloe 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. But when the news does get out it could split the friends up forever.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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.
kayceel on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Boyfriends are won and lost, but it¿s the dynamics between the girls, especially the push and pull of friendship versus popularity, that is most compelling.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Chloe Sacks is a dreamy, artistic high school junior. This graphic novel tells the story of her junior year and the issues she has with her friends and her boyfriend. Chloe is upset when her best friend, Mackenzie, starts to distance herself from their friendship as she tries harder to be popular. Meanwhile, Chloe becomes friends and then more-than-friends, with nerdy Adam, who sits next to her in art class. Even as she falls in love with Adam, Chloe keeps their relationship a secret from her friends. When the girls find out about Adam, they break up with her. Chloe's friends have their own issues to deal with and they all struggle even more when they no longer have each other for support. Teen girls will relate to all the drama!
escondidolibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chloe's best friend Mackenzie has decided that she wants to be popular at whatever cost. But Chloe's falling for one of the unpopular guys in school and she's afraid to tell anyone - especially since Mackenzie would never understand.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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".
relientkatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the first day of her junior year, Chloe Sacks discovers that her best friend Mackenzie has become obsessed with reaching new heights of popularity. When Chloe falls for Adam, a cute but unpopular boy in her art class, she decides to keep it a secret from Mackenzie and the rest of her friends. But she can¿t keep her secret forever, and when her relationship with Adam finally revealed, she learns that ¿breaking up¿ with friend is just as hard as breaking up with a boy. Chloe is a great narrator who is easy to relate to. Her desire to do the right thing and her fear of what her friends will say if she does is very realistic. It's also a quick read; I read it cover to cover in about an hour total. And Christine Norrie¿s illustrations are perfect for the story, reminiscent of the ¿Archie¿ comics but with a modern edge.Although there's some mature stuff here (Erika's boyfriend pressures her to have sex with him, Mackenzie is said to have lost her virginity to an older guy) but it's handled well and isn't at all explicit. I'd recommend this book for girls ages 12-16.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The thing that i like mostly about this book is that it has real high school drama. i mean when she takes her boyfriend i think thats kind of rude and actually tryin to get her man in perpous and also when they all gain up on her and star hating her i think thats something that goes around the world like every day. But i just think this book is like a fun quick read for anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was awesome. I liked it alot. I think every girl should read it. the book has lots of problems and how to resolve them. It helps out with everything reltionship, family, and even love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really really really like this book and I rated it recommended cuz its not outstanding but it is really really good and I think other people should read it cuz it talks about the major thing friendhips, relatonships, and life!!!