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A touching tale of “dental drama” and self-discovery

03 May

Title: Smile

Author: Raina Telgemeier

Pub. Date: February 2010

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Pages: 224

Genre: Realistic fiction (graphic novel)

Synopsis/Teaser: Going into junior high, Raina just wants to fit in. But when she trips while running, she permanently injures her front teeth. Raina goes through years of braces, retainers, and surgeries, all the while hoping that eventually she can just smile.

Review: Truth is stranger than fiction. And that holds true in this new book for teens and tweens, which is based on the author’s own experience in middle and high school, complete with the “dental drama.”

The simple, cartoony illustrations and narrative make this “light reading,” but no less touching. 

The only negative is that the story often jumps large increments of time: it could be moving along week to week, and then suddenly it’s a year later. This can make he story a little hard to follow.

Any reader who has experienced middle school or has gone through a little dental drama of their own will undoubtably be able to relate to this book. I know I did. I highly recommend it to tweens feeling like they don’t fit in with their peers, no matter what the reason– you are not alone!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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