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.
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.
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.
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!
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
this book is the only thing that helped me cope with the most dumbest thing on eart. aka braces.
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! (:
I think it was a good book because it was interesting. It is about a girl with braces and she goes to the dentist a lot. At the end she has a smile. Aurora, age 7
the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5/5 stars I couldn't put it down.
I mean, come on, this is probably the best memoir in the history of the multiverse. Graphic and well drawn, it really captures the true beauty of everything. With real elements of what really goes on in a teens life, it is really recommended to all ages.
And Overall, this book should not be missed...
Great graphic novel for boys and girls and even adults. It's completely relatable. I sympathized with Raina because not only did she have to go to school with missing teeth and then outdate massive headgear but she also had to deal with typical teenage problems as well. It's a book that will make you wince and smile all at the same time.
At first I got scared when Raina was hurt but that is one good book people really good