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Smile Hardcover – February 1, 2010
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Her so-called friends don't help, with their perpetual teasing, but Raina adjusts to being a "brace-face" and weathers typical teenage crushes. As she moves on to a new high school, her friends keep on teasing her and playing pranks, until she finally decides she can seek out new friends who accept as she is.
It's hard not to wince at some of the tooth trials, but Raina is a trooper as she toughs out numerous orthodontist and endodondist and other "dontist" appointments, all rendered in Telgemeier's wonderful drawing style, which complements her story perfectly.
The book ends happily, with a big, toothy smile, and Raina learning that she can find friends who stick by her and don't make fun of her.
Telgemeier is a true talent, and confidently displays a skill with her artistic tools that I haven't seen since the heyday of "For Better or for Worse". In fact, the author credits Lynn Johnston as an influence...
There is a deft power to Telgemeier's narrative -- there are times when it's a little heartbreaking to read -- going to junior-high school can (at times) be hard. The author does not sugarcoat, and creates a satisfying world for her characters to exist in.
I can't recommend 'Smile' enough. It's heartfelt and funny and perfect for anyone, whether they wear braces or not.
I would have killed for this book at thirteen. As it is, I am 34 and this book made me cry, and made me feel so much better about everything.
I got it after my major oral surgery, and read it while I was recovering. I have long been a fan of Raina's art and I had seen some of her Smile story online, and I was so happy to see more. It really is true-to-life, and the fact it takes place in California - where I live - makes it even more relatable. I cried. I giggled, around the gauze in my mouth. And man, does this ever remind me to brush my teeth and look where I'm running.
I would give this to any kid dealing with braces, bad teeth, even issues unrelated to teeth, because the whole point is that everyone goes through something as a kid that shakes their confidence, and knowing you're not alone makes it a tiny, tiny bit easier to survive it.
This is a graphic memoir that follows the author from grade six through her sophomore year of high school specifically focusing on her dental problems. In the 6th grade, just shortly before she is scheduled for braces for an overbite Raina trips and knocks out her 2 front teeth. A host of other problems follow as we watch Raina's dental nightmare over the next several years. During this time Raina is going through adolescence, her normal self-esteem issues at this age are multiplied by the extensive work she has done which includes a retainer with two false front teeth attached to it.
I loved this book. First the artwork is wonderful. Cartoony but so very expressive. The characters facial expressions almost tell the story by themselves. Set in the late eighties, there are lots of fun retro moments for adult readers in the background as one notices her watching 'Silver Spoons' on TV and they play an original 8-bit Nintendo system. The dental story is transfixing. I didn't wear braces myself, so that and all the extra problems of missing teeth and loss of bone, etc. was fascinating. Raina goes through this experience with pain and complaints but she is a happy child and can always see the bright side of things, eventually. Children going through/or about to will identify with Raina and feel for her while at the same time being thankful they only have to wear braces. This is also a story about growing up and it very nicely shows how Raina slowly notices over the years how she has become the butt of jokes in her group of friends and while no one is mean to her (on purpose) she's not exactly in healthy relationships friend-wise.Read more ›
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I purchased this for my daughter who's obsessed with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. She read this book in one day.Published 1 day ago by tinamtc
I think it's a great book me and my little girl read it together. It was really good!! She loved it!Published 2 days ago by margaret sale elberson
I think it a 4 star because it had all theses twit with drama like a nor!all teenage would have going through middle school to high school. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
Great story! I was expecting there to be an unbearable, immature boy/girl story in the background but this one was true to life and kept the focus on what was important. Read morePublished 8 days ago by HappyAdolecentLeopardess