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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  37,364 ratings  ·  3,036 reviews
From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap.

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, embarras...more
Hardcover, Graphic novel, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by GRAPHIX (first published July 12th 2009)
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Cate Levinson
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 ov...more
Mallika Sankaran
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 brac...more

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 attache...more
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...more
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 w...more
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 :-)
Mia Queen
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 da...more
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...more
Jessica Griggs
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 pi...more
Jennifer Rayment
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 t...more
Casey Strauss
Based on a true story, Smile is told from the perspective of middle school-aged Raina, who, after an accidental fall, then begins the long dentist office filled journey of recovery for the next several years. Initially, because of the fall, her front two teeth are then pushed up into her mouth, making the front two shorter than the rest. The reader then follows Raina as she has to return to school and suffer the teasing of her fellow classmates. As time goes on, her teeth are completely removed...more
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...more
Some books begin with the main charater falling in love this book begins with actually falling and having her front teeth knocked out, things only can get worse from there. With pressure from her friends, earings, and high school this graphic novel is one of my favorite books.

I still love this book. I read it before I got braces and I distinctly remember one picture where the orthodontist is standing up yanking on her braces's wires. and I remember thinking "Wow! that is so over exaggerate...more
I think that Smile was actually a pretty good graphic novel. I didn’t think I would like it when I first started reading it but it was actually very relatable. I am a bit embarrassed to say it but I had a very similar middle and high school experience. I think that reading Smile will encourage students to be true to themselves. Telgemeier made some very important comments on what people think about popularity, appearance, bullies, school, and family values. Like the protagonist Raina, many stud...more
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Smile, by Raina Telegemeier, is an addictive book that is written to capture the eyes of girls from the age group of pre-teens & teens. Smile is a story about Raina, a girl who is going through middle school (Grade 6 to Grade 8). The beginning of the story is very catching, for me, as it hooked me in from the start very fast because I can relate to the main character because she is the same age as me. Because it is a comic book I enjoyed being able to see what the settings and the chara...more
Pertama tertarik baca karena admin Twitter Gramedia membuat serial tweet tentang buku ini. Nggak ngeh juga kalau ini berbentuk grafis, malah sempat mengira ini novel YA biasa. tapi setelah melihat kalau ini ternyata bergambar dan sinopsisnya kelihatan menarik, akhirnya beli deh.

Dan saya suka! Pernah juga pasang kawat, tahu jelas susahnya makan ini itu, sakitnya setelah dikencangkan, mulut yang jadi lebar, susahnya kalau difoto sambil tersenyum.. dan semuanya di usia 11-14 tahun, hampir sama deng...more
Seth Hahne
Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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 kn...more

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 outsp...more
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.
Casey Vaughan
When I first picked up Smile, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had actually never read a graphic novel before (well, other than the Captain Underpants series back in grade school, if those count). I was pleasantly surprised though, because I found this book very entertaining. I really felt like it transported me back to my own middle school days – a time when braces and major teeth issues were real and pressing problems.

As a reader, I connected with this text on a personal level. I was als...more
Erica Almerico
My Review: Although I am not usually a fan of graphic novels, I enjoyed Smile because it took my story is very similar to Raina’s. Being in and out of braces is a very relatable situation for many adolescent readers and though I am no longer in braces, there was a time that it seemed my mouth would be made of metal forever.

As a reader, I was pretty bored with the story because the context was a bit young for me. When I read a book I like being drawn in to the story. I wanted to feel like I was r...more
Natalie Spindle
I thought Smile by Raina Telgemeier was a great read! I only recently got my braces off so even though I am 20, I could definitely relate. This is also the first graphic novel I have read in my life. The illustrations and layout had a very comic book/playful appeal. Having the novel in this format also made it funny, there were times when I laughed out loud. Raina’s story was an entertaining and easy read.
As a reader, I enjoyed this novel quite a bit. It took some getting used to the form...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Raina is struggling with one specific aspect of her life... her smile. Having to get braces, she's dreading having to be a brace face, metal mouth - anything you want to label it. However, it's her smile, especially her teeth, that will haunt her all the way through middle school and up into high school.

From having them knocked out, to wearing head gear, to even having to get a retainer with two fake front teeth. To get that pe...more
Shannon Mitchell
I do not read a lot of graphic novels. When I think about it, college has been the most I have had a graphic novel assigned to me. Before college, the last time a book with pictures had been assigned to me was in elementary school. Through my recent reads, I have found that there are many graphic novels with great substance. I enjoyed Smile because it was relatable; it had substance; and it included a lot of funny graphics.
As a reader, I empathize with Raina’s middle school changes. I remembe...more
Melissa K.
Imagine falling on the ground. It wouldn't be so pleasant especially if you break your two front teeth. Raina Telgemeier just wants to be a normal sixth grader but she probably will never be. She has to go through frequent trips to the dentist, braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached! Then things get even harder, her friends decide she isn't cool enough to hang out with them and ditches her, earthquakes, and much more horrible things. Raina is being h...more
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Mar 03, 2011 nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I love this book for selfish reasons, the way I'm sure only girls who once had silver metal braces can. Those who can remember a time before invisiline, spent days playing 8-bit Nintendo games at home while recovering from oral surgery and curled up with Babysitters Club novels when not thinking of one of their (many) crushes.

Since beginning to work primarily with fifth and sixth graders, I've been trying to find a way to reconnect with who I was at that time in order to better understand my new...more
Malia M.
Well to start off I think that this is an amazing book with a great theme. Which is that you should not care much about you outer beauty then you inner beauty which I think that this is an amazing theme and one of the best I have heard. I think that this is the theme because the main character when she bangs her tooth all she really cares about is how her teeth are ugly and does not see her inner beauty. This girl is being humiliated because of her broken teeth and does not spend her life making...more
I loved this graphic novel! It captures so much of the funny, awkward, sweet, devastating parts of growing up. Told through the stages of orthodontia, this coming of age story hits all bases, from family, to friends, to crushes. I've tried to sell everyone, especially our girls, on this one, but the book sells itself.
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