Smile, Raina Telgemeier

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    Early in the autobiographical graphic novel, Raina, a middle-schooler, falls and knocks out her two front teeth. This leads to a series of dental and orthodontic procedures in attempt to fix the damage. Her dental progress serves as a lens for her personal growth as Raina navigates the shifting landscape of adolescence through middle school and into high school.

    Evaluation:
    Even though this story takes place in late 80s and early 90s San Francisco, Telgemeier depicts timeless themes of self-image and identity in the turbulent world of adolescence. She addresses painful topics with bright imagery and a positive attitude. Like Drama and Sisters, Smile treats life with a hopeful tone which makes for enjoyable reading.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Drama, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Winger, Mean Girls, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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