Smile by Raina Telgemeier

From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap.

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

There are some people who are scared to death of dentists. If anybody doesn’t know, this is Raina Telgemeier’s story. She actually went through all of this, which is actually pretty amazing. Chronicled in this book, Raina goes through all sorts of dentists. Not just general dentists, but also¬†endontists, periodontists and orthodonists. Oh yeah, did I mention my mom is a dentist? So…yeah….

This book may seem kind of lame, with all of it’s dental drama, but it’s actually very lyrical, amusing and well-written as it follows Raina through middle school and into high school. It also shows her as she goes through puberty, school, friends and growing up. The ending to this book was heartwarming and I loved reading it. An amazing graphic novel that I think a lot of girls will enjoy.

pg count for the hardback: 224

Series: Smile (Not sure if this is really going to be a series because there hasn’t been any mention of a follow-up on Raina Telgemeier’s website, but apparently there is….yay! I’m definitely going to read it, even though I think Raina should’ve stuck with the really strong ending of Smile).


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