Smile is a comic book by Raina Telgemeier that is funny, sad, touching and very moving. about a girl named Raina who just wants to fit in like everyone else and be a normal sixth grader. But one night, after her girl scout meeting, she trips an falls. This causes her two front teeth to be seriously injured. This only gets worse when it leads problems one after another. Raina is constantly getting her Braces taken on and off of her again, she get’s surgery, a retainer with fake teeth attached, and just when you think that it couldn’t get any worse she is forced to wear extremely embarrassing headgear! While she has to deal with her dental problems, she has many more things to worry about, a major earthquake and friends who eventually turn out to be not so nice.
After years of these girls’ constant belittling, Raina branches out and finds her own voice and a new group of friends. Young girls will relate to her story, and her friend-angst is palpable. Readers should not overlook this seemingly simply drawn work; the strong writing and emotionally expressive characters add an unexpected layer of depth.
The thing that I liked the most about this book is that , it is a true story written by the author about the author’s teenage experiences from Middle School through High School. The book is also illustrated by the author. This means that it’s very original, because every teenager or child could relate tremendously. Raina Telgemeier has captured the highs and lows of being a teenager perfectly through her brilliantly illustrated comics. She has made the truth obvious that it’s not easy being a teenager, and that everybody at some point goes through something similar.
Read as a comic strip, I found this short novel to be very easy to read and all the more enjoyable due to the wonderful artwork .Overall, Telgemeier does a mesmerizing job at keeping her audience entranced in the day to day thoughts, daydreams, and worries of a typical teenage girl. This was simply an awesome, feel-good type of read that is perfect if you’re on a short road-trip or are just looking for something light and fluffy to keep your mind off of the day.