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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.
View all 18 comments. Nov 11, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: sequential , comics , 21th-century , arts , young-adult , novels , graphic. It gives an account of the author's life from sixth grade to high school. Aug 21, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: youngadult , graphics-n-comics. 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 nerdine One of my worst nightmares is breaking or losing my teeth.
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! Yesterday I asked her how many times she has read it. It's more than five, but less than ten, apparently. So I had to reread it myself, and wow, I had forgotten how great it was, and how it's not just about her teeth, but her life, her friendships, her school struggles. View all 4 comments.
Apr 09, Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing. 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. 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 t Jake's Review: Um Mom, this is like a girls book, do I really have to read it. 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!
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. This book was very… cute. Was I necessarily engaged while reading? I expect more from the books I read, especially graphic novels, than what was presented here. I found it very basic. There w This book was very… cute.
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. View all 10 comments. Touching, intensely personally relatable and while of course not as in-depth as I would have expected and needed in a non graphic novel, Raina Telgemeier's Smile has both hit the spot for me and brought forth many pleasant and sometimes also not so pleasant memories.
For while I might not have experienced and this thankfully the kind of dental and orthodontial nightmares that Raina Telgemeier obviously had to endure as a young teenager, I can and do very much empathise and understand, as a ver Touching, intensely personally relatable and while of course not as in-depth as I would have expected and needed in a non graphic novel, Raina Telgemeier's Smile has both hit the spot for me and brought forth many pleasant and sometimes also not so pleasant memories.
Four stars rounded up to a full five stars, as I have indeed very much enjoyed if not loved both narrative and illustrations and been really and truly touched by Raina Telgemeier's delightfully frank openness, and heck, as a person of German extraction and language instructor, I cannot help but wax poetic about the scene where Raina is obviously taking German at school and that the relevant illustrations actually have ALL of the German language words spelled with no grammar or orthographical mistakes.
View 2 comments. Dec 12, Mallika Sankaran rated it it was amazing. 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 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 brac Smile by Raina Telgemeier is a realistic fiction graphic novel.
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. Close Flag as Inappropriate.
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