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.