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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, and 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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic/Graphix (first published July 12th 2009)
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Cate Levinson
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

no joke. i have read this book at least 100 times. that's not an exaggeration. i read it at least once a week. sometimes multiple times a day. this book will stay with me forever. and i will grow old with it.
the humor and art combined with the raw emotion makes for the best graphic novel memoir I've ever read

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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
A great read. I enjoyed the story and wow, I had no idea that orthodontists could move teeth that dramatically. I mean this girl really went through a lot with her teeth. She knocked out her front two teeth. She went through some hell here.

This is a great coming of age story with great colors and fun art. The story was fun and fast and honest.

I will read more of these books.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WONDERFUL!! My daughter and I have enjoyed so much this autobiographical graphic novel.... Raina is a nice little girl, struggling with a crazy fear; that her severe teeth's trauma could compromise her friendships, school experiences and normal social relationships.
But, how it will end!??.
Beautiful, simple and immediate story to read, my daughter was hooked by Raina from the very first page.
We will definitely read the other chapters, too!!

MERAVIGLIOSO!! io e mia figlia ci siamo godute tantissimo
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Project "Learning English by myself". I love it very much! ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Smile (Smile #1), Raina Telgemeier
Smile is an autobiographical graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier. It gives an account of the author's life from sixth grade to high school. 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, and 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 th
Greta G
Just like her other book I read last year, Sisters, ‘Smile’ is a sparkling and engaging graphic novel that’s aimed at a younger audience, but manages to be entertaining for adults also. At least it was for me!
The story centers around Raina’s traumatic dental experiences when she was a young teenager, and the most satisfactory part of the book was when she finally opposed her friends who teased her one too many times.
The book ‘Sisters’ made me smile more than ‘Smile’ though.
Seth T.
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Rayment
Apr 09, 2010 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. 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
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 ...more
Mallika Sankaran
Dec 12, 2011 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 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
Briar's Reviews
Smile by Raina Telgemeier is a story that totally connected with me in ways other books couldn't. Raina's story echoes a lot of my own, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to see a story like this get shared. Many kids will face dental issues and bullying, so a book like this could do wonders for them!

I saw this book years ago and wanted to pick it up but never did. Recently, I found it at a local book store on sale and decided this was the time for me to grab it. I also just wanted so
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Weird... something happens when you smile at people."

"They smile back!!"

*Loving her graphic novels so much!

If at all, you're looking for some awesome graphic novels to start with, just go for Raina Telgemeier's books. Omg! Graphic novels aren't this good when it comes to graphic novels especially when it's middle grade ones. Of course, they are unique and different from one another but, it's Raina's work which are like 'perfect' to me.

*The story:

Raina is having all kinds of worries when it
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Aww, this was so cute. I can definitely see now why so many people LOVE Raina Telgemeier's work! The art is super sweet and pretty and the story is fun and lighthearted, while still offering great lessons — and something kids can relate to so they don't feel so alone, whether it's about braces, mean "friends", or unrequited puppy love. ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 :-)
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Want to know what can possibly go wrong if you accidentally knock out your teeth? Just read this graphic novel and you will get a whole picture of that situation. GOD! Although I laughed a lot, I felt bad for the writer as it was a memoir!

It was a cute little book with nice illustrations for some light read. Looking forward to read the next one.

P.S. I did not know there are so many types of dentists! :v
Sophia Triad
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Dental drama at its finest for a preteen girl.
Jessica Griggs
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it

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
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, young-adult
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. ...more
J. Treader
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
As someone who went through a very similar process and just completed one of my last dental surgeries, it was about time for a reread.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bought this for--and read soon after--my dear niece. She recommended I read it--she's into graphic novels, consuming them in one sitting. I didn't become enamored with the medium til after childhood, with Alan Moore stuff. (No heroes, only antiheroes stuff...)

This is wonderful for kids. The perils of growing up in a loving environment, and still be slightly dissatisfied by lots of silly, tiny foibles yet significant at the time, is a trademark of puberty. Here, our heroine looks outside of herse

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.
Emily O
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Smile is a multi-genre offering from Raina Telgemeier: it is a memoir of her childhood, it is a graphic novel, and it is directed at a middle grades audience. Smile covers the beginning, middle, and conclusion of a particularly gruesome, non-fatal (it is a memoir, after all) accident in which Raina trips and breaks/knocks out several of her teeth early into her sixth grade year. This is a classic coming-of-age moment, coupled with an exploration of family life. The sequel, Sisters, will likely o ...more
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