“Smile (Smile #1)” by Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Middle Grade/Children’s Fiction, Graphic Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Raina was very likeable. It was easy to fall into a groove with. She was definitely the type of girl I knew and was friends with back in middle school. Regina and her problems were easy to relate to. I may not have had all the troubles Raina had but I could easily put myself in her shoes. Middle school is already difficult and awkward enough on its own so it was interesting seeing how Raina’s teeth problems mixed in with it.
I initially thought the story might be a bit boring because who wants to read a book about teeth problems? I ended up pretty pleased because the teeth storyline ended up being fairly interesting because of all the problems that arose. The author did a good job of adding in some other stories to keep the story interesting: mean girl friends, earthquake, boy problems, you know, the typical middle school issues.
I’m by no means an expert on artwork in graphic novels but I really like the artwork in this book!
The bottom line? I enjoyed it! A great way to spend an afternoon.