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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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 mid...
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!

posted by TeensReadToo on March 18, 2010

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

"Smile" Deserves a Slight Grin

"Smile", by Raina Telgemeier, is a graphic novel chapter-book about a girl losing her two front teeth from an accident, and living through middle and high school. I found it very realistic, and interesting how it showed (in detail) the process Raina (the main character)...
"Smile", by Raina Telgemeier, is a graphic novel chapter-book about a girl losing her two front teeth from an accident, and living through middle and high school. I found it very realistic, and interesting how it showed (in detail) the process Raina (the main character) had to go through to fix her teeth. Raina's life seems to fall around her ever since her two front teeth were busted out in 6th grade. "Smile" shows her constant struggle to "fit in" with her on-again off-again braces, colored tooth molds, retainers, and numbing Novocaine. Raina tells of her struggle with her teeth disater over the course of middle and high school, where friends are met, friends are let go, crushes are formed, and embarassing events take place. Will Raina ever learn to finally smile? I enjoyed the storyline, as it showed an uncommon story with an interesting style of telling it: through art. Overall, "Smile" was an average chick-lit book, with good parts and bad parts. I found it quite unique and interesting. Three stars.

posted by Ruza on April 27, 2011

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    "Smile" Deserves a Slight Grin

    "Smile", by Raina Telgemeier, is a graphic novel chapter-book about a girl losing her two front teeth from an accident, and living through middle and high school. I found it very realistic, and interesting how it showed (in detail) the process Raina (the main character) had to go through to fix her teeth. Raina's life seems to fall around her ever since her two front teeth were busted out in 6th grade. "Smile" shows her constant struggle to "fit in" with her on-again off-again braces, colored tooth molds, retainers, and numbing Novocaine. Raina tells of her struggle with her teeth disater over the course of middle and high school, where friends are met, friends are let go, crushes are formed, and embarassing events take place. Will Raina ever learn to finally smile? I enjoyed the storyline, as it showed an uncommon story with an interesting style of telling it: through art. Overall, "Smile" was an average chick-lit book, with good parts and bad parts. I found it quite unique and interesting. Three stars.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    This book has everything to do with a girl's life, boys, and den

    This book has everything to do with a girl's life, boys, and dental drama. I loved this book so much because it's
    about dentistry and I love dentistry. When I grow up, I want to be a dental hygienist, and this is the perfect book 
    fort that. If you want to read about dentistry and girls and boys, I highly, strongly suggest this book!!!

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