Thursday, July 19, 2012

SMILE by Raina Telgemeier

By: Raina Telgemeier
Braces. Middle School. Girl Scouts. Crushes. Friends. Nintendo.

Do those 6 words spark vivid memories of embarassment and fondness with a hint of giddy? If so, you are sure to enjoy this full color graphic novel. This novel chronicles Raina's adventures through middle school and half of high school. After bumming out about having to get braces, Raina attends her girl scout meeting, which goes pretty well, considering she's not the only one that has to get braces. Excited and happy after the meeting, when she's dropped off at home, the girls all race her to her door. Well, guess what? She grabs for one of her friends, trips, falls on her face, and essentially loses her two front teeth! She ends up with a cast in her mouth, short teeth, a root canal, fake front teeth in a retainer, braces, headgear, zits, and so much more! This book jogged memories that I had of silliness like school dances, peer pressure, boys, and the stress that goes along with growing up. It will tug at your heart strings and make you want to say, "I FELT THAT WAY TOO!" to let her know she wasn't alone. A quick, fun, and nostalgic read. This one is worth the trip to the library or bookstore!

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