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Raina Telgemeier's #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir based on her childhood! Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retaRaina Telgemeier's #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir based on her childhood! Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.  ...

Title : Smile
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ISBN : 9780545132053
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Smile Reviews

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2018-11-22 19:42

    Cute, but a bit forgettable.

  • Cate Levinson
    2018-12-12 04:08

    Poet Ogden Nash said, "Some tortures are physical/And some are mental,/But the one that is both/Is dental."Graphic Novelist Raina Talgemeier knows this all too well; she is the Odysseus of modern dentistry. The author tells of her own particular journey of adolescent woe which came in the form of a seemingly endless tangle of dentists, endontists, periodontists, orthodonists, with their promises to perfect her not-so pearly whites.In sixth grade Tanglemeier got braces to fix a run-of-the-mill overbite. Then, while horsing around with her friends, she fell, and knocked out her two front teeth. This one misstep plunged her into a four-year ordeal of painful procedures, torturous surgeries, not-to-mention a perpetually changing appearance at a time when every kid is having a crisis of confidence. (As if puberty isn't traumatic enough!) Follow this lost heroine as she battles pimples, overcomes destructive friendships with hypercritical mean girls, endures painful oral surgeries, and finally finds her way to feeling at home in her own skin when she reaches high school.In a particularly wonderful moment, Raina rebukes her long-time "friends" who do nothing but tear her down and tease her. She realizes no friends are better than those friends. Of course she adrift and lonely for a while, but Raina makes new friends soon enough.The moment-of-truth comes when Raina is finally freed from her brace-faced prison. Despite all she has endured, the results are far from perfect. Dreading what she has come to expect as inevitable teasing in response to each dental iteration, she approaches her friends with trepidation. But these new friends are nothing like the petty old friends. They're like, "you look cute... let's go eat!" Phew! These new amigos are actually fun to be around. What's more they love and support her. And with that they wander off into a bright future. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever gone through puberty; you know who you are. Welcome home weary traveler!

  • Eve
    2018-11-29 22:00

    Smile is a memoir graphic novel that centers around Telgemeier's traumatic orthodontic experience. Although this book has been making the popularity rounds on YouTube and in other YA circles, it didn't really appeal to me until a booktuber I follow, who isn't a reader of YA books, mentioned a few things that piqued my interest. Coupled with the fact that I myself have been experiencing a dental nightmare since November, I figured I was primed to appreciate this book.First things first, you don't really need to know too much about the plot, because it really will ruin it for you. Trust me. Here are a few things that may motivate you to give this book a second glance. (1) Don't be fooled by the bright red "Scholastic" imprint on the cover. This is book that will appeal to people of all ages. In fact, it's kinda like Shrek. Anyone can appreciate it, but if you're over 21 and enjoy snarky humor, then you will love it doubly! That kind of leads to the next point. (2) If you are part of Generation Y or an aficionado of the 80s and early 90s, then you will so appreciate the trip down memory lane. The attention to fashion, technology, and pop culture was so awesome! (3) It's set in San Francisco. Hello, dream place to live. Need I say more? The good news is that Telgemeier is working on a followup to this memoir series entitled Sisters. So looking forward to it!

  • Victoria
    2018-12-13 01:03

    SmileSmile 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, boys, and friends who eventually turn out to be not so nice. 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.One of my favorite two scenes was when Raina was angry about the fact that the dentist was going to pull out her teeth, in order to move the rest of her top teeth toward the center. But when her mom invites her to come along with her sister to watch “The Little Mermaid” in the Cinemas. And since Raina was still grumpy about her teeth she acted as if she was reluctant to go. So when she’s inside the Cinema and waiting for the movie to begin, she thinks “Whatever. I’m too old for this Disney stuff. I’m totally gonna Hate this movie. I just know it. I’m totally gonna..........”. But the minute the movie and music starts , Raina becomes completely engrossed and enchanted with The little Mermaid. When the movie finally ends, she leaves the cinema still thinking about the movie. And way after the movie has ended, at least a week later, she is still obsessed about it. Because of the movie, Raina tells her friend “I finally know what I want to be when I grow up! And animator!”. I like this scene because it was funny but interesting at the same time. Raina first comes into the cinema with the mindset that the movie is going to be completely uninteresting, but leaves the cinema completely spellbound with the movie and mermaids. These scene shows you that you shouldn’t always judge things before you know the full story. The second of my favorite scenes was when Raina was waiting in line to get a snack, her two friends Nicole and Karin pulled her skirt down when she was’t looking.In a matter of seconds the eyes of the school were glued on her. Raina panics and runs into the girls bathroom sobbing. Eventually her friends come into the girl’s bathroom to get her to come back out. But Nicole and Karin couldn’t stop laughing when Raina comes out. It finnally reached to the boiling point where Raina couldn’t take it any more and stood up for herself. Here is a part of the scene where Raina stands up for herself.Raina: You guys want a reaction from me? Fine: Karin, I am NOT a dog, Nicole I am NOT a vampire. Nicole: Oh C’mon I haven’t called you that since--Raina: And I am NOT going to let the rest of you disrespect me anymore! I’m done, GOOD-BYE!I like this scene because, her friends have been teasing and putting her down for the past few years and Raina had to tolerate it. But when it had gone too far, she stood up for what was right. Every time her friends insulted her, it kind of made them feel better about themselves in some kind of twisted way. But just by standing up to her friends, it took away their “power” and pride of hurting her feelings. I really admire her for doing that. Because of what Raina did, she has inspired and taught me that, sometimes you have to be brave and let go of things in order to move forward.Overall this book was amazing. It’s one of the best comic books that I’ve ever read, Raina Telgemeier has really captured the true feelings and emotions that every teenager goes experiences, through engaging illustrations. This book is extremely inspirational, has a lot of lessons to be learnt from it and I highly recommend it 5 stars out of 5. Remember, you don’t have to wear braces to enjoy this book!

  • Seth T.
    2018-12-09 23:08

    Braces sucked. From sixth through the beginning of eighth grade, I wore braces. Not brackets, but bands. On every tooth. Errant wires carved totems of the soft tissue at the back of my jaw—sacred designs that I'm sure exist there to this day. My smiles looked of cold steel. My jaw hurt from aggressive application of rubber bands. And my teeth would not get clean. At the end of those two years, I had the perfect smile—or at least the perfect teeth with which to perform that kind of smile had I known how to do such a thing in eighth grade. A quarter-century later and I still have the physical tools with which to enact the perfect smile as well as something of the social gearwork to make my attempts less ghastly. Braces, for me, worked their magic. And I'm still not sure it was worth it.Still, regardless of how difficult my own experience was, those pains, miseries, and woes pale when compared to the manifold sorrows with which Raina Telgemeier's young life was cursed. The author, when she was in sixth grade, fell and did substantial damage to her two front teeth. Knocked one out and smashed the other one up into the gumline. I'm getting queasy just writing about it because as Telgemeier relates the event and immediate aftermath in her autobio comic, Smile, the whole experience is rather harrowing. I'm not usually one to blanch at grusome displays of violence in either prose or comics or film or art. Caravaggio's Judith leaves me nonplussed. Murakami's manskinner in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is exciting but never nauseating. And the cannibalistic humour in Chew is merely amusing. But Telgemeier's recountment of her accident, the blood, the immediate visit to the dental surgeon, the x-rays showing where her missing tooth went—it all made me a bit faint.Fortunately, all that was just the first fifteen pages or so. After that, Smile shifts into something not dissimilar to the common Young Adult exploration of junior-high– and then high-school–insecurities. The drama of growing up and all that. Only: young Raina also has much more orthodontic work in her immediate future than would the average kid suffering the slings and arrows of burgeoning puberty. Telgemeier balances the telling between school drama and mouth drama nicely—though it helps the reader to know that this is not just a story but that it is Telgemeier's story. Through Raina, the author relives a streamlined and story-driven version of her own life and makes it palatable for general audiences.If I have one complaint about the book, it's that its lessons seem too pat, its morals too well-placed. The whole experience is very After School Special—not in that this is a story ineptly told (for Telgemeier is obviously well-skilled and the book well-crafted), but simply because everything fits together so very nicely. Which we don't often come to expect from biography. Lives are too messy to be retold so crisply. Of course, it may be possible that Telgemeier really lives in the sweetness that lifts so pleasantly from Smile's pages. To that, then, my criticism is not so much that the history Telgemeier relates is not believable, but instead that it's just not complicated enough. It doesn't leave much for the reader to think on once the last page is turned.But that most likely wasn't Teglemeier's intent and her audience plausibly isn't a cynical guy who's more than twenty years older than Smile's principle figure. So make of that what you will.To its fortune, Smile is a brisk read for all its pages and will keep most readers interested enough to finish the book in a single sitting. The book paces well and even the pieces that seemed familiar or predictable always escape feeling formulaic or contrived. And Telgemeier makes Raina into a sympathetic character who, even when at her most pathetic or bratty, is someone you kind of just want to hold on to and take care of.Telgemeier's art is lively and fluid and she seems to have little trouble putting her characters into whatever circumstance her story demands of them. Most impressive to me was how she allows her characters to age visibly. Raina begins as a small girl involved in Girl's Scouts, but soon makes the transition to junior high and then across that gulf of development into high school. Telgemeier uses numerous visual cues to help us keep Raina's age straight. More than just the eventual appearance of breasts (the lazy artist's cue of choice), Raina's face, hair, and carriage all shift naturally as she matures. In the final pages, as her ordeal comes to a close, she has apparently grown up and has transitioned from childhood into young womanhood. I had trouble deciding whether Smile was Good or just Ok. At the end of the day, the book really is something of a trifle, an entertaining yarn that sits pretty firmly in the YA tradition of non-challenging reads. But simultaneously, Telgemeier does a good job at what she sets out to do and the care with which she treats her characters is evident throughout. And while Smile is ostensibly about overcoming a dental crisis, it also explores our common inability to be happy due to our common inadequacies. Smile points out that our reliance upon the things that sour us to life is often entrenched simply because those things are comfortable. In any case, while to adults Smile may just be an entertaining read, to its targeted demographic the book may read like a manual to no longer being miserable.________________[Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad]

  • Jennifer Rayment
    2018-12-07 03:47

    Jake's Review: Um Mom, this is like a girls book, do I really have to read it. Come on Jake, just try a few pages and tell me what you think. 1 hour later. Mom this is pretty good for a girls book, but I hope I never have to wear braces. It doesn't sound like its much fun and btw girls are gross! The pictures are very funny and I like that she plays video games. I didn't like the drawings of when she broke her teeth because there was too much blood -- ICKY!. I don't think my friends would like this book because they are boys and boys don't like to read girls stuff. Also I think this book is for older kids because they are talking about liking boys and other icky girls stuff. I don't like that her friends made fun of her for having braces. You shouldnt tease people (Mom's note, he said this 1 hour after teasing his 17 mth old brother) its just not nice. I like the authors drawing and the way she told the story, but I would have liked it better if it was about a boy my age. You can bring me more graphic novel though ok -- much more fun to read than books!Rating: 7/10 (I know I am surprised he gave it such a high rating)Mom's Review: I honestly didn't think Jake was going to finish this book, figured he would just read a couple of pages and than give up. Surprised that he read it all and gave me a review on it, I am very proud of him for sticking through it. I absolutely loved this graphic novel, eventhough it brought back many painful memories of my own experience with having braces. This graphic novel is sort of like a cross between a Judy Blume novel and a For Better or Worse comic. The story is written with tons of humour and portrays the awkwardness of being a teen extremely effectively. The story is fast paced, realistic and I think would appeal to the reluctant reader as well as most pre-teen and teen readers. Definately required reading for those who have or have had braces. I think it would be great if all Orthodentists had a copy of this in their offices -- and a few of them REALLY should read it (They might even learn how to be a little more sympathetic with their patients). The underlying message of encouraging us to focus more on what we are on the inside rather than how we look on the outside is very sublty done and not at all preachy. Rating: 10/10

  • Erika
    2018-11-28 19:41

    This book was very… cute. I had braces for seven years so could I relate to the protagonist’s dental woes? Yes. Was I necessarily engaged while reading? No. I give this book credit where credit is due, I’m sure to a younger audience, perhaps going through what Raina was (to one extent or another) would enjoy the book more than I did. I expect more from the books I read, especially graphic novels, than what was presented here. I found it very basic. As a reader, I wasn’t hugely impressed. There was no complexity. I could see what was coming and apart from occasionally getting upset with her friends I did not get emotionally involved. It was a quick read and it was over before I really noticed but not in the way that completely engrosses you as a reader, just that the story was so much like a glorified comic strip it flew by.As a teacher, I would probably have this in my classroom library. I would keep it in case a student was a struggling reader, or if I wanted an example of a graphic novel (though I feel I can keep better examples than this). I would not consider teaching it. I intend to teach high school and as such I would hope this would be a little below their level.I would recommend this to an early middle school student or a child I knew was about to get braces to sort of ease their worries about what was going to happen to them. I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone solely on literary merit.

  • Mallika Sankaran
    2018-11-20 21:06

    Smile by Raina Telgemeier is a realistic fiction graphic novel. It is a true story about the author herself. It was nominated for a Red Dot Award in 2011-2012. It tells the story of Raina's life from middle school to high school. You might think that a book just about middle school and high school is boring but not when the unexpected happens. In this book, it's when Raina falls down one day as she is running back home when her two front teeth fall out as they smash against the ground. From braces to headgear to even root canals, Raina tells us how she survives school.I think this a really good and interesting book. It's good because many of us middle school girls can relate to it. I felt I could relate to it because I have braces right now and I know how that experience is. It also keeps you engaged making you want to read the whole book in one day. Once you start this book, there's no stopping. The events keep hooking you because event after event there are interesting things.Raina illustrates and describes the scenes really well because you can actually step into the character's shoes and start to live their life and see how they feel about things. I feel even though this is a comic book, the imagery is very good because you can dream about yourself in that situation. I would probably recommend this to middle school girls as it's mostly a girl book and they type of situations are what we can relate to in real life. It's also quite easy to understand and easy to follow the story.

  • kristen
    2018-11-24 01:50

    A graphic novel I picked up for my 6th grader who just got braces. She read it this afternoon from cover to cover, finished, then walked over to our computer to search for more books written by Telgemeier. I quickly read it myself and am glad I did! A relevant, fun, comic novel that touches on many of the awkward themes facing pre-teens. Hey, if reading it actually made my daughter SMILE, I guess you really CAN judge a book by its cover :-)

  • Jessica Griggs
    2018-12-12 01:06

    At first, I didn't know what to expect from this book. When I got it, I opened it up and immediately saw pictures. Like the little kid that I am (a 13 yr old girl in a 21 yr old woman's body), I was immediately excited and ready to start. One of my favorite comic book/series is Calvin and Hobbes, so I was very eager to see what this book held between its pages. I was still curious, because I knew Smile held a different weight and focus than Calvin and Hobbes. I was not sure how a book full of pictures that make up one long comic strip could hold somewhat of the same ground as a non-graphic novel; until I realized that I had just finished possibly the funniest and touching book in about an hour and a half. I couldn't put it down, nor did I want to. What made it even better is the fact that this book is actually based off a true story and it actually happened.As a student, I felt every part of Raina's story. Since I went through the trial and error of braces, and even underwent the torturous and numerous variety of doctor visits, I completely sympathized with her. Other than her "vampire teeth", we pretty much had the same school life, which made her story completely relate-able. The only thing we didn't share was the earthquake experience. As I turned the pages, I found that I wasn't just reading a story about Raina, but about myself. I was watching me crush on two different boys, fighting with my sister, playing video games and being crushed by my "friends". I saw myself blossom from awkward middle schooler to high school/college student, through Raina. Honestly, I was laughing the whole time I read this book, between the exaggerated pictures and expressions to the language. I also laughed because I completely understood what she was going through, and as I made the journey with her, I was also laughing at a past me.As a teacher, without a doubt, I would teach this book. It would be a great seg-way between middle and high school. Also, students would be more inclined to read this book and understand it since they can see the words and the pictures together, almost like a still movie and the remote to go to the next scene is just them turning the page. Like myself, this book is also extremely relate-able. Students will want to read this book and they will connect with it more since it will be a lot of what they are going through, particularly the girls. This will be a definite addition to my in-class library as well!There is no doubt that I will be using this book in the future, and re-reading it in the near future as well. I also have a younger sister, and for a fact, she will be reading this book, especially if she goes into braces. I feel that this book helps make growing up a little less scary and a little more clear and realistic.

  • Josh
    2018-11-15 01:08

    I saw this book in the orthodontist's office while I was awaiting my appointment to be fitted with braces. It's ostensibly aimed at adolescent/teenage girls--which as an adult male, I am not--but in my vulnerable state of anxiety and meek submissiveness I thought the book still might be a source of comfort. Good news: it was! I got a library copy later to give it a more thorough reading, and really enjoyed it. Raina goes through a whole lot more than I should ever have to. After an accident, she undergoes years of braces, headgear, sadistic periodontists, and associated teenage drama. I merely have to correct what my dentist calls "occlusal disharmony"--a misaligned bite that has steadily worn down many of my teeth into a state of fragility. And I don't have to do it as a teenager. I could still relate. While I'm not the same age as Raina the book character, I *am* the same age as Raina the author. A small but important example: early on, she escaped bad days by playing Nintendo (one panel even has a lovingly re-created final screenshot from Super Mario Bros. 2). It's probably true for a huge percentage of Class of '95ers, but old school NES definitely makes me feel like I'm safe and happy at home. The larger point, made very effectively as Raina negotiates various dental and social trials, is that there are both important and unimportant influences on your happiness and self-esteem.

  • Sesana
    2018-12-03 03:08

    I feel like Smile might be a good book to give to a girl who's just found out that she's going to need braces and is feeling down about it. Very likely, she'll have it a lot easier than poor Raina did. This is the author's own story about what she went through with her teeth. It must be true, because nobody would make this up. It's a fun read, when I wasn't squirming with sympathy pain. The art is cute and cartoony, possibly because anything realistic would make this just too gruesome.

  • Tisha
    2018-12-11 03:05

    Want to know what can possibly go wrong if you accidentally knock out your teeth? Just read this graphic novel and you will get a whole picture of that situation. GOD! Although I laughed a lot, I felt bad for the writer as it was a memoir!It was a cute little book with nice illustrations for some light read. Looking forward to read the next one. P.S. I did not know there are so many types of dentists! :v

  • Jessica
    2018-11-24 19:51

    One of my worst nightmares is breaking or losing my teeth. I had braces for years, and had the orthodontist accidentally crack one of my teeth when he was polishing them up after I got my braces off. It haunts me to this day. Raina tells the story of her own dental trauma-drama with this delightfully drawn graphic novel that lays bare not only the horror of dealing with the braces, the fake teeth, the retainers after her accident, but also frankly reveals her awkwardness, loneliness, and nerdiness in jr high and beginning high school. The changes of puberty. Having crushes on boys who never look at you, while accidentally offending nice boys who do like you. Mean friends, good friends, and unexpected friends, it's all here. This is a wonderful book!

  • Drew
    2018-11-18 01:57

    This was a pretty darn cute graphic novel about eleven year old Raina who gets her teeth knocked out in an accident.It's not just about Raina getting braces and coming to accept her new smile, though - it follows her through middle school, as she makes new friends and gets crushes on boys and worries if she looks "cool" enough.There are so many fantasy and superhero comics, but it was a nice change to read a coming of age one focusing on a girl in middle school. The target audience is quite obviously young girls (around age 10 to 14, I'd say), and though I was a little too old for it, I still thought it was really sweet.I loved that it focused on themes of family and friendship. Raina's parents were loving and supportive and Raina was part of a group of friends for a long time who constantly made fun of her. Eventually she realized the best thing to do was leave them and find new friends who accepted her for who she was.I think I would have loved this when I was thirteen.

  • Gaby
    2018-11-20 04:01

    Author spotlight/Raina Telgemeier: thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier; such a fast-paced and fun read with colorful drawings. The aspect I enjoyed most about Smile, is the fact that this is Raina's actual life story. We get to see her going through a tough time with lots of dental work and braces in her childhood and adolescence. Plus, a major earthquake, and boy and mean girl drama. Her "friends" were kind of awful to her all along, and I just kept waiting for her to realize they were not worth it. It's nice to see that after she went through all that painful dental work, Raina's smile turned out looking pretty good; which we can see at last page of the book! Really recommend this read to anyone who's looking to read a graphic novel or simply a really entertaining story!

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2018-11-23 22:55

    A cute humorous read about the horrors of growing up, getting braces (or almost getting them), and all the in betweens of adolescence. Full review to come.

  • Emily O
    2018-12-02 03:53

    Smile is one of those books that you could read in 3 days! BUT ITS AMAZING! This is probably my favorite book I've read so far! Smile is about a girl named Raina, who knocks her tooth out after girl scouts. They go through the longest process to get that tooth fixed including braces, retainer, fake tooth, and surgery. During the process a lot of other things happen. Raina loses some friends and gains some friends. She even get her ears pierced. But most importantly, she starts middle school! " Dun dun dun" Starting middle school didn't go as well as when I started. Boys were bullies, pimples, someone even pulled down her pants during lunch. And her birthday was an even bigger disaster. All of her friends turned on her. How will she overcome this mess? You'll have to read and find out! This book is a graphic novel so if you liked Drama, or Sistersthen you will love this book like I did! While you're reading this book you will be saying to yourself " No Raina thats a bad idea!" or " Awwww pore Raina!" This book is filled with so many twists and turns. This book made me feel sad, happy, and a little bit angry. But overall this book was really fun to read. I can't wait for this author to come out with more books just like this one!!

  • Sean-Wyn
    2018-11-17 03:09

    A positive about this book was that I could relate to it a lot. Since I was born with a cleft lip and palate, I, like the protagonist, needed a lot of dental work and endured teasing in school. However, I felt that the way Telgemeier portrayed junior high/high school issues in this book was quite cliché. And this is a personal thing, but I also didn't love the drawing style. 3.5 stars.Oh, and this book is a really quick read. I read it during a free period at school after buying it at my sister's first grade book fair. It's been on my reading list since my 8th grade English teacher talked about it; finally listened to her after 4 years ;)

  • Kristina
    2018-12-07 21:40

    I liked it, but it definitely wasn't something that I would remember or want to read again.If you are looking for something light and funny to read, I recommend it :)

  • Wendi Lee
    2018-12-05 21:05

    I really enjoyed this memoir, framed by Telgemeier's dental accident and all the surgeries/braces/retainers that followed. Middle school is hard, especially when you have to deal with changing bodies, newfound interests in boys, "mean girl" friends, PLUS being super conscious when you smile. The message about pursuing your interests and walking away from toxic friendships was spot on, and it was so reminiscent of my own middle school experience! I had an almost verbatim conversation about bangs and hairspray with a friend during that time, lol.

  • Jonathan Peto
    2018-11-21 01:56

    My daughter and my students enjoy graphic novels. I’ve champed at the bit while reading the few I’ve tried, because the pictures limit and befuddle my own visualizing, but Raina Telgemeier’s oeuvre has intrigued me for awhile. Because of its popularity, I guess, but also because her stories, the first ones anyway (?), are grounded in the ordinary and are autobiographical. Smile was a treat. Maybe I’ve matured as a reader and viewer of graphic novels, or maybe Raina’s way of illustrating is paramount, because I did not feel hampered by the illustrations at all. Everything about them compliment, elaborate, or expand on the text, making the story and events come alive.Smile was also a treat because of the story itself. In sixth grade, Raina damaged her front teeth. The book begins just before that and ends when she’s a high school sophomore and they finally, after various treatments and teeth ordeals, remove her braces.But it was so much more than that! It’s a sympathetic but not saccharine account of the middle school years, complete with worries about friends, appearance, the opposite sex, and identity. It reminded me of those times and what they/I was like without triggering nightmares, flashbacks, or needless violence. Amazing!

  • Dariana Citeste
    2018-11-15 23:08

    draguta si usor de citit - o carte pentru toti :D

  • Mia Prasetya
    2018-11-27 23:57

    Cover simpel, gambar kawat gigi yang kinclong serta nominasi Eisner Award membuat saya tanpa ragu membeli Graphic Novel terbaru terbitan Gramedia. Saya tidak salah pilih, Senyum langsung saya lalap habis dalam semalam.Senyum berkisah tentang seluk beluk kehidupan seorang gadis remaja yang sedang getol-getolnya mencari jati diri. Menjadi pelajar normal yang banyak teman adalah impian Raina, apa daya sepertinya masalah selalu menghampiri. Keluarga, teman yang suka meledek, mulai taksir-taksiran dan lirik- lirik kakak kelas sampai masalah besar yang menghantui hidupnya beberapa tahun ke depan. Gigi!Siapa sangka gigi bisa menjadi problem hidup Raina? Berawal dari tersandung, dua gigi depan Raina 'mblesak' ke rahang, sehingga kunjungan dokter gigi menjadi rutinitas dalam hidupnya. Mulai dari orthodontist, endodontist sampai periodontist. Kalimat Raina, "Aku bahkan tidak tahu ada 'dontis' sebanyak ini" saat ia harus membersihkan karang giginya ke periodontist (hal 164) membuat saya tertawa. Jadi ingat saat saya masih menjadi mahasiswi Fakultas Kedokteran Gigi juga saya tak menyangka ada begitu banyak spesialisasi dokter gigi. Senyum menjadi graphic novel favorit saya, ilustrasi Telgemeier yang simpel dan elegan, kisah Raina yang berdasar pengalaman hidupnya sendiri menjadikan buku ini sayang untuk dilewatkan. Raina mengajarkan kita arti persahabatan yang sesungguhnya dan panggilan jiwa yang terkadang saat remaja kita lupa."Semakin fokus pada hal-hal yang kuminati, semakin banyak hal yang kusukai pada diriku. Dan itu mempengaruhi cara orang lain memandangku."halaman 207. Raina yang rendah diri karena kawat gigi akhirnya berhenti mengasihani diri sendiri dan memusatkan perhatian pada hal-hal yang digemarinya (hal 206). Penampilan luar tak lagi memengaruhi perasaan dalam hatinya dan sekarang Raina bisa tersenyum lepas tanpa beban.5 bintang! Saya sebagai eks pemakai behel merasakan keribetan Raina. Bukan bedak dan sisir barang wajib yang ada di tas, melainkan sikat gigi, benang floss, kait floss, tusuk gigi, cermin kecil dan kadang seplastik karet benang kecil seperti yang ada di halaman 184. Wah pokoknya ribet deh!

  • AudreyF_C2
    2018-12-09 04:00

    Smile was a graphic novel about an actual event that happened to the author Raina Telgemeier. In this book, it centers around the theme of Raina's awkward orthodontic experience when she first knocked her front teeth out after a girl scout meeting, returning home. She then had to go through a long process of fixing her teeth. I can relate to this because I am having to also go through the process of straightening my teeth at the orthodontists. I have been suffering through some of the same struggles Raina had been through (braces, not being able to eat certain food, etc.) At the same age of Raina, I have also gotten my ears pierced which is exactly when she had her ears pierced. I can relate to Raina and her experience on soon becoming an actual teenager.

  • Gabrielle
    2018-12-13 21:52

    I loved how we got to see so much of the main characters life and the illustrations are clear too and this was so interesting to read about some of the things the main character did and said was frustrating I loved it more the first time I read it than the second

  • Anita Vela
    2018-11-21 19:59

    Reseña completa + fotos:,5 estrellasLo que más me ha gustado de ¡Sonríe! es el estilo de la autora y cómo te cuenta su propia historia a través de viñetas dibujadas por ella misma. El dibujo me ha parecido es sencillo y muy de los 90, me encanta. Y también me ha gustado por el toque de humor que tiene la historia y que detrás de ese humor está los miedos de cualquier adolescente: el dentista y las burlas, los amigos que no son tan amigos, el primer amor… Y no sé, pero me ha gustado mucho esa forma de enfocar su adolescencia sin llegar a ser un drama, porque lo que pasa Raina es puro drama. La verdad que me parece una historia ideal para que lean los más jóvenes porque pueden sentirse identificados con Raina y es muy fácil de leer, es que se lee en nada y encima se lo pasaran pipa. Pero no solo la recomiendo para los más jóvenes, también la recomiendo para los adultos que nosotros también hemos pasado por nuestra adolescencia y desconectar un rato y echarse unas risas nunca vienen mal. Y poco más puedo decir de esta historia tan cortita sin destriparos todo.En resumen, ¡Sonríe! es una novela gráfica muy divertida y con la que pasarás un buen rato. Muy pronto os daré mi opinión de su segunda parte Hermanas.

  • Brigitte
    2018-12-03 03:05

    I recently bought this graphic novel for my younger cousin who had recently got braces. When I bought it I skimmed through the pages to make sure that it was adequate for a twelve year old. I gave her the book and within two days she could not put it down. When she finished the book she suggested that I read it because I had braces too. Much to my surprise this graphic novel was a real page turner. Making me relive memories of my high school years and all that entails while growing up.The vocabulary is simple to understand for a tween and provides a short lesson on life's ups and downs. The novel covered themes like having less than reliable friends, growing up with siblings, boy-drama, the particularity of a dental injury which led to braces, fake teeth, a head gear and a retainer, and quite simply growing up.Raina's true coming of age story will resonate with young and old people alike especially if they have lived through their own dental mishaps.I highly recommend this quirky and captivating novel to all readers. Also, a great way to kids interested in reading.

  • Xueting
    2018-11-15 01:41

    "Instead, I threw my passion into things I enjoyed, rather than feeling sorry for myself. I realised that I had been letting the way I looked on the outside affect how I felt on the inside. But the more I focused on my interests, the more it brought out things I liked about myself. And that affected the way other people saw me!"I just read this in two hours and it was awesome oh my gosh I love this Raina is so cute and clever her problems made me so sympathetic but she matures to feel so much more confident in herself I really feel so inspired by her and the drawings are so hilarious also bonus points for the many characters of colour and by the way in the author photo at the end Raina's smile is both adorable and beautiful awwwwdjfhfjdkf!

  • Anina
    2018-12-05 19:47

    WAAAH! I LIVE IN SAN FRANSISCO AND MY PARENTS ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GIVE ME DENTAL SURGERY AND BRACES AND MY LIFE IS SO HARD.This is actually a really well done book about a sixth grader with braces, and since braces are a big deal to kids that age, I can see why it is getting positive reviews and why probably, they find this drama enjoyable. Plus, cool illustrations, good coloring, nice overall package, attractive cover.(**I just found out this is autobiographical, so, I am sorry for my outspokenness! But not sorry enough to edit it.)