Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com
Raina is struggling with one specific aspect of her life... her smile. Having to get braces, she's dreading having to be a brace face, metal mouth - anything you want to label it. However, it's her smile, especially her teeth, that will haunt her all the way through middle school and up into high school.
From having them knocked out, to wearing head gear, to even having to get a retainer with two fake front teeth. To get that perfect smile it's going to be a long journey... and a very painful one, at that.
Along the way, social problems continue to follow Raina. From crushing on a younger guy, to getting that athlete to notice her, to even standing up for herself after she's had enough of the humiliation, Raina discovers who she is, how she shouldn't change anything about herself, and that true friends would never make or put you in awkward situations.
Accompanied by colorful pictures, a cute and realistic storyline, and a main character that any person will be able to identify with, SMILE by Raina Telgemeier does one thing especially well... it makes the reader smile!
Many of us have experienced getting braces, feeling the intense pain when we want that bite of the burger we can't have just yet. Almost all of us can understand what it's like when you want to break apart from the not-so-great friends we've had. Telgemeier does a fantastic job in capturing the true essence and emotions of a person going through changes.
SMILE is one book you'll want your kids to read... and the one you'll want to read yourself!
This is a wonderful book. My daughter has read it ten times or more. I read it with her also and was so moved by it. It really touches on how a middle school girl rallies through a crisis. It is based on the author's life and how she handled a difficult situation in middle school. I do not want to give too much away. This book is a true contribution to any child and parent. Thank You Ms. Telgemeier for putting it to print.