Smile

Smile

Graphic Novel - 2010
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JCLHeatherM Nov 13, 2018

Braces have a habit of appearing at the worst time in a person's life (when their body's already going through changes and friendships are fluctuating). Having the ability to 'smile' through it may make the journey a little easier.

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christina0722
Oct 16, 2018

this book is good and i like to read this book you should read it

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kchick1
Jul 29, 2018

OMG, this book was really good I recommend it to EVERYONE who reads this comment! Raina learns about changes in her life and how it's not always easy growing up. this book deserves 5 stars!!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 28, 2018

I think that the book Smile, by Raina Telgemeier is an amazing book! I would rate this book a 5/5 because of the story line and illustrations. I think that this is a book that all children and teenagers should read, because of the real life scenarios that are shown/talked about. It talks about getting braces, bullying, starting high school, fake friends, and much more! The story is full of humor, as well as some serious moments. To add on to story line is very detailed illustrations. The illustrations make it way easier for the reader to imagine what’s going on. Overall, this is a great book that I think all children and teenagers should read if they need something to relate to! Rating 5/5
- @booksinaflash of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Smile is an autobiographical account of Raina Telgemeier's life from middle school to high school with the use of amazing illustrations and a graphic style. When Raina accidentally knocks out her two front teeth, her life begins to often revolve around the orthodontics office. She is faces braces, headgear, surgeries and to top it all off, teenage and social quandaries. This true story is so intriguing and portrays a very powerful message. There would have been no other way to express this story than the way Raina Telgemeier had. Readers of all ages will love this sensible, meaningful and engaging book. But, I definitely recommend Smile for those tweens and teens out there who are looking for a fun and relatable read. This book is a true work of art and definitely reaches out to the young readers of our generation. Rate 4.5/5 stars.
- @ReadingIceCream of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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lingzhi_1
Jul 27, 2018

I liked this book. #PACL2018

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helenayodele
Jul 25, 2018

This books portrays high school and growing up realistically

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NataliaOtterstein
Jul 21, 2018

It was awesome and a great first book to read.

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SienaEng
Jul 08, 2018

Smile is a great story. Raina has a very exciting life. I have braces now, and I know how she feels while getting them tightened. She lost a few friends, but made a lot more new ones. She has a brother and a sister, and they are both annoying to her, like my little brother and sister.

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geraldine9
May 24, 2018

This was a fun story. While aimed for a younger crowd (12-16?), it is enjoyable to adults as well. Raina writes a cheeriy story while looking at some somber ideas.

Raina learns about confidence, friendship, trust in self....all the things teens suffer through and have to resolve. These lessons are learned around the trauma of missing teeth & braces and the safety of family.

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FVReader
May 20, 2018

This was a fun story. While aimed for a younger crowd (12-16?), it is enjoyable to adults as well. Raina writes a cheeriy story while looking at some somber ideas.

Raina learns about confidence, friendship, trust in self....all the things teens suffer through and have to resolve. These lessons are learned around the trauma of missing teeth & braces and the safety of family.

NeelamReads Jan 27, 2018

This is an autobiographical graphic novel of Raina Telgemeier’s childhood. Raina is afraid about getting braces but when she trips and falls, injuring her two front tooth, visiting the orthodontist becomes necessary. Over the next four years, she has many trips to the orthodontist, and needs mouth surgeries, braces, and even embarrassing headgear. To make matters worse, her friends are not supportive and judgmental, which makes Raina self-conscious and insecure. However, as the novel progresses, Raina learns to focus less on superficial appearances and more on her passions. This in turn leads to better relationships with the people around her.

I would recommend this book because teenagers can easily relate to the themes inside, especially those of wanting to fit in with their friends. This book has an important message about self-acceptance and confidence that important for everyone to read about.

TrKr Jan 04, 2018

Though I did not experience the trauma of her dental issues, I remember braces well. This graphic novel shows how resilient teens can be. Raina also shows her strength in how she responds to her "friends." I recommend this book.

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aishaesa
Jan 01, 2018

I really love this book, Raina is so brave! But I like sisters better.

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the_bookwyrm
Nov 17, 2017

This is a personal book--one I could still relate with when I read it in college.

My dental and orthodontic record includes--
- a palate expander that temporarily caused a gap between my front teeth
- 4+ years of braces
- a retainer I barely use these days
- extraction of all 4 wisdom teeth

and all of this began around the same age as Raina in her illustrated memoir. The constantly changing map of my teeth as well as maturing body gave way to some of the more struggle-filled years of my life--and Ms. Telegemeier gets it.

As I've read other stories she's written and illustrated, it really shows how comfortable Raina Telegemeier is with confronting the milestones and struggles of girls' adolescence. The majority of it surrounds changing interests, seeking personal identity, and trying to find your footing in the world. And that's a good thing to talk about. The more these stories are shared, the more we come to realize that it's all normal. Having metal in your mouth is something many people went through. I had that palate expander so one of my canines could fall into place. And it's embarrassing at the time, but it's a hurdle to overcome.
And you do. And you can smile.

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chloe_mok
Nov 15, 2017

I love this book

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graciejune
Oct 14, 2017

I enjoyed this book alot, I'd definitely recommend this book!!

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ktuch
Sep 14, 2017

you gotta love smile! it's awsome! i read the first 5 pages. then before i knew it i was done! so good!:)5/5 stars! I SMILED when i read it!

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leileiqi
Aug 30, 2017

awesome book really funny!

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ellanora_5
Aug 28, 2017

so good!

(true story!)

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catenhoope
Aug 21, 2017

great book!

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bella_52
Aug 02, 2017

I really loved this book.I recommend it for people who like real life comics.It is a good book because it is based on the author.It is also a good book to get before braces

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Ashley_qin
Jul 12, 2017

this book is the only thing that helped me cope with the most dumbest thing on eart. aka braces.

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marlopalo
Jul 07, 2017

such a good book! MUST READ.

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karenk123
Jul 05, 2017

This is my FAVOURITE graphic novel. This is a must read!!!! :-)

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orange_eagle_377
May 22, 2017

Pretty good book I liked it a lot. Im a boy so i can't relate to her but pretty good. I have braces too! (:


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