Smile by Raina TelgemeierRaina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and 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. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.
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Struggling not only with peers that mistreat her and the way that puberty shapes her perception of self, Raina has to deal with the physical pain of near constant dental work. To be honest, it felt a bit like Telgemeier had managed to capture my own experiences and turn them into a book, the similarities were so uncanny. Smile has been reviewed positively by all sorts of literary and librarian organizations, often specifically called out for being an excellent book for teens and tweens. At a glance, this feels like a pretty big deal for Telgemeier but not necessarily all that important to anyone else—just a personal success worth celebrating. But Smile has inarguably changed the way many people look at comics, and the way the industry itself approaches audiences. But the majority of the most successful books from that time were paranormal or dystopian, where Smile has more in common with Judy Blume or Ann M.
The author, Raina Telgemeier. Smile by Raina Telgemeier is the true autobiography of Raina. The story starts off when Raina is years old, in the 6th grade and takes us on a four year journey. While racing home with her friends one day after Girl Scouts, Raina trips and knocks out her front two teeth. This begins the long journey Raina endures to fix her mouth and many other pubescent challenges along the way.
Smile is a graphic novel about a teenage girl, dental issues, and all the things she faces while getting her teeth the care they need.
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