Smile

Smile

eBook - 2010
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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 the 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 that turn out to be not so friendly. Raina's story takes us from middle school to high school, where she discovers an artistic voice, finds out what true friendship really means and when she can finally smile.
Publisher: New York :, Graphix,, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545780018
0545780012
0606140824
9780606140829
0545241820
9780545241823
1442090529
9781442090521
0545132061
9780545132060
0545132053
9780545132053
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Additional Contributors: Yue, Stephanie

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NeelamReads Jan 27, 2018

This is an autobiographical graphic novel of Raina Telgemeierโ€™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.

TrKr Jan 04, 2018

Though I did not experience the trauma of her dental issues, I remember braces well. This graphic novel shows how resilient teens can be. Raina also shows her strength in how she responds to her "friends." I recommend this book.

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aishaesa
Jan 01, 2018

I really love this book, Raina is so brave! But I like sisters better.

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the_bookwyrm
Nov 17, 2017

This is a personal book--one I could still relate with when I read it in college.

My dental and orthodontic record includes--
- a palate expander that temporarily caused a gap between my front teeth
- 4+ years of braces
- a retainer I barely use these days
- extraction of all 4 wisdom teeth

and all of this began around the same age as Raina in her illustrated memoir. The constantly changing map of my teeth as well as maturing body gave way to some of the more struggle-filled years of my life--and Ms. Telegemeier gets it.

As I've read other stories she's written and illustrated, it really shows how comfortable Raina Telegemeier is with confronting the milestones and struggles of girls' adolescence. The majority of it surrounds changing interests, seeking personal identity, and trying to find your footing in the world. And that's a good thing to talk about. The more these stories are shared, the more we come to realize that it's all normal. Having metal in your mouth is something many people went through. I had that palate expander so one of my canines could fall into place. And it's embarrassing at the time, but it's a hurdle to overcome.
And you do. And you can smile.

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chloe_mok
Nov 15, 2017

I love this book

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graciejune
Oct 14, 2017

I enjoyed this book alot, I'd definitely recommend this book!!

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ktuch
Sep 14, 2017

you gotta love smile! it's awsome! i read the first 5 pages. then before i knew it i was done! so good!:)5/5 stars! I SMILED when i read it!

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leileiqi
Aug 30, 2017

awesome book really funny!

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ellanora_5
Aug 28, 2017

so good!

(true story!)

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catenhoope
Aug 21, 2017

great book!

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blue_cat_14316
Mar 27, 2018

blue_cat_14316 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 16

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kerey2006
Feb 11, 2018

kerey2006 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 10

blue_butterfly_8059 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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chloe_mok
Nov 15, 2017

chloe_mok thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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lucy0125
Nov 15, 2017

lucy0125 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Feliciawolf723
Aug 28, 2017

Feliciawolf723 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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kevin_lu
Mar 14, 2017

kevin_lu thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 99

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maroon_beaver_77
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chloe_mok
Nov 15, 2017

Raina has an accident and has some dental issues for the next what seems like an eternity. Braces, surgeries, spacers, fake teeth, everything.

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CeciliaCissy
Mar 17, 2017

This book is about a girl name Raina who has braces.If she wear them she can't even smile. it hurts!

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angelicaM3
Jul 16, 2015

This is a graphic novel that shows how this on girl in grade six broke her two front teeth and are having them replaced.
In this book you will see how she grows up and stands up to her so called "friends".

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animeblossom
Jul 11, 2015

Raina was about to come home when a accident happened. What was it? Where was it? Read the book to know what happened to her and what is her treatment?

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Fairest80655
Jul 10, 2015

This story is about a teenage girl who life take a unexpected tturn. from false teeth - new braces.

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TealSeals
Jun 30, 2015

This book is about a girl who's tooth fell out while running and she got braces

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Amina2015
Jun 30, 2015

This story is about a girl who tripped and broke her front teeth. She have friends that care about her. She went to a lot of check ups before she got her teeth fixed. She finally got them fixed and she can smile again.

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vippolito
Jun 29, 2015

Smile is a funny and relatable story about young Raina and her struggles through middle school and high school.

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white_tiger_477
Jun 04, 2015

Raina has an accident and has some dental issues for the next what seems like an eternity. Braces, surgeries, spacers, fake teeth, everything. Plus boy drama. Where does it stop?

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kellyhufty
Jan 28, 2015

Smile is the best book I recommend this book for people
who like comics!๐Ÿท๐Ÿ–๐Ÿธ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿผ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿด๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿค๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿˆ

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lizzie66
Jan 12, 2017

"You can't chew gum..taffee..gummys..popcorn..and.."
'Maybe that means ill stop biting my nails?'

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white_tiger_477
Jun 04, 2015

"Maybe that means I'll stop biting my nails too!"

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baetae
Sep 09, 2014

Melissa: "Uh... What if nobody cares?'
Raina: "Well that would really suck,'

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SillyFun1234
Aug 26, 2014

A wonderful book based on the author's childhood memoir.

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SilverRosePetals
Jul 01, 2014

"HEAD GEAR?!"

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meha124
Jun 07, 2014

Amazing I love the author Raina!

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CodyBanh
Jun 02, 2014

"I Can't Stop Ready This I love It

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BlueBanana65
May 21, 2013

the character's name is the same name of the author because "smile" is a true story of what happened to the author

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Ayeshamateer1
Jul 16, 2015

Other: Comics

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Kiez59
Aug 29, 2014

Other: blood at the beginning, front teeth jammed up the gum, kinda scary.

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LINA ZHU
Jul 01, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Major Earthquakes?

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BlueBanana65
May 21, 2013

Sexual Content: kissing(not actually sexual content just thought you should know there is kissing)

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BlueBanana65
May 21, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: earthquake

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UnbreakableValour
Oct 11, 2012

Other: kissing, middle/high school drama, I guess you could say that

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BlueJellybean
May 04, 2012

Sexual Content: thats not excalty sexual content.

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