A review of Smile by Raina Telgemeier by The Girl (age 11)
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. Raina’s story takes us from middle school to high school, where she discovers her artistic voice, finds out what true friendship really means, and where she can finally…smile. (publisher’s summary)
*Smile is a wonderful book. I wanted to read it because I will be getting braces on June 1.
*I liked the main character, Raina, because she would do the same things in certain situations that I would do, especially when some fake friends do something really embarrassing to her.
*I liked following Raina through a few years of school and getting to know her.
*The illustrations drew me in right away because of the great detail and bright colors.
*The book made me a little nervous about getting braces because it’s going to hurt, but I’m glad to know more about what will happen.
*I hope my parents will do something special for my 12th birthday (in July) like Raina’s parents do for her. [Note from Anna: Um…I think taking her best friend camping with us for a week counts as something special!]
*I recommend this book and think you should read it right away. It was so good I read it in one sitting.
Disclosure: The Girl borrowed Smile from the public library.
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