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Smile (Smile #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  90,488 Ratings  ·  5,543 Reviews
Family, Friends, Boys...Dental Drama?!
A True Story

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girls 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, t
Paperback, 214 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by GRAPHIX (first published July 12th 2009)
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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
Dec 20, 2011 Muffintop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Jul 13, 2010 Anina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Cate Levinson
Feb 22, 2011 Cate Levinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2011 kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, graphic-novels
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 Prasetya
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
Aug 15, 2011 Brigitte rated it really liked it
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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
Jessica Griggs
Feb 05, 2012 Jessica Griggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 27, 2012 Erika rated it it was ok
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
Feb 13, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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.
Seth T.
Mar 29, 2012 Seth T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Jul 01, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 09, 2014 Eve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2014
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
"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 mo
Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)

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 obvi
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'
Jubilation Lee
Smile is one of my most frequent recommendations from fifth- and sixth-grade readers, all of whom tell me how funny it is and how much I’ll love it.

And because I trust my fifth- and sixth-grade readers, I picked up a copy and settled down anticipating both Fun and also Laughter.

Holy shit, you guys.

This book is a nightmare come to life.

This book is 100% everything that I dread, printed in brilliant color.

See, Smile is the illustrated autobiography of Raina, who manages to knock out her front tee
Feb 09, 2015 Skip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I am aghast at the extraordinarily high ratings for this book. Author Raina Telgemeier recounts her childhood trauma of having two teeth displaced and her subsequent 4 1/2 year nightmare of orthodontia in graphic form and detail. While some of the themes are cildish, this is not for young readers at all; it may frighten kids from orthodontistry, there are lots of mean girls, even the author was mean to a 6th grader who liked her when no other boys did. It sounds like the author was pretty misera ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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.
May 11, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A funny and quick read. So freaking cute! :)
Miranda Kenneally
Of all the books i've read, this one most reminds me of what middle and high school felt like.
Aug 08, 2016 Gaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I 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.
Aug 22, 2015 Mariah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so cute! It is a graphic novel based on the author's life. This is great for upper elementary or middle school :)
Raeleen Lemay
Cute, but a bit forgettable.
Emily O
Oct 02, 2016 Emily O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-9-weeks
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! " D ...more
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