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 this book because they are boys and boys don t like to read girls stuff Also I think this book is for older kids because they are talking about liking boys and other icky girls stuff I don t like that her friends made fun of her for having braces You shouldnt tease people Mom s note, he said this 1 hour after teasing his 17 mth old brother its just not nice I like the authors drawing and the way she told the story, but I would have liked it better if it was about a boy my age You can bring me graphic novel though ok much fun to read than books Rating 7 10 I know I am surprised he gave it such a high rating Mom s Review I honestly didn t think Jake was going to finish this book, figured he would just read a couple of pages and than give up Surprised that he read it all and gave me a review on it, I am very proud of him for sticking through it I absolutely loved this graphic novel, eventhough it brought back many painful memories of my own experience with having braces This graphic novel is sort of like a cross between a Judy Blume novel and a For Better or Worse comic The story is written with tons of humour and portrays the awkwardness of being a teen extremely effectively The story is fast paced, realistic and I think would appeal to the reluctant reader as well as most pre teen and teen readers Definately required reading for those who have or have had braces I think it would be great if all Orthodentists had a copy of this in their offices and a few of them REALLY should read it They might even learn how to be a little sympathetic with their patients The underlying message of encouraging us to focus on what we are on the inside rather than how we look on the outside is very sublty done and not at all preachy Rating 10 10 SmileSmile 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 attached, and just when you think that it couldn t get any worse she is forced to wear extremely embarrassing headgear While she has to deal with her dental problems, she has many things to worry about, a major earthquake, boys, and friends who eventually turn out to be not so nice The thing that I liked the most about this book is that , it is a true story written by the author about the author s teenage experiences from Middle School through High School The book is also illustrated by the author This means that it s very original, because every teenager or child could relate tremendously Raina Telgemeier has captured the highs and lows of being a teenager perfectly through her brilliantly illustrated comics She has made the truth obvious that it s not easy being a teenager, and that everybody at some point goes through something similar.One of my favorite two scenes was when Raina was angry about the fact that the dentist was going to pull out her teeth, in order to move the rest of her top teeth toward the center But when her mom invites her to come along with her sister to watch The Little Mermaid in the Cinemas And since Raina was still grumpy about her teeth she acted as if she was reluctant to go So when she s inside the Cinema and waiting for the movie to begin, she thinks Whatever I m too old for this Disney stuff I m totally gonna Hate this movie I just know it I m totally gonna But the minute the movie and music starts , Raina becomes completely engrossed and enchanted with The little Mermaid When the movie finally ends, she leaves the cinema still thinking about the movie And way after the movie has ended, at least a week later, she is still obsessed about it Because of the movie, Raina tells her friend I finally know what I want to be when I grow up And animator I like this scene because it was funny but interesting at the same time Raina first comes into the cinema with the mindset that the movie is going to be completely uninteresting, but leaves the cinema completely spellbound with the movie and mermaids These scene shows you that you shouldn t always judge things before you know the full story The second of my favorite scenes was when Raina was waiting in line to get a snack, her two friends Nicole and Karin pulled her skirt down when she was t looking.In a matter of seconds the eyes of the school were glued on her Raina panics and runs into the girls bathroom sobbing Eventually her friends come into the girl s bathroom to get her to come back out But Nicole and Karin couldn t stop laughing when Raina comes out It finnally reached to the boiling point where Raina couldn t take it any and stood up for herself Here is a part of the scene where Raina stands up for herself.Raina You guys want a reaction from me Fine Karin, I am NOT a dog, Nicole I am NOT a vampire Nicole Oh C mon I haven t called you that since Raina And I am NOT going to let the rest of you disrespect me any I m done, GOOD BYE I like this scene because, her friends have been teasing and putting her down for the past few years and Raina had to tolerate it But when it had gone too far, she stood up for what was right Every time her friends insulted her, it kind of made them feel better about themselves in some kind of twisted way But just by standing up to her friends, it took away their power and pride of hurting her feelings I really admire her for doing that Because of what Raina did, she has inspired and taught me that, sometimes you have to be brave and let go of things in order to move forward.Overall this book was amazing It s one of the best comic books that I ve ever read, Raina Telgemeier has really captured the true feelings and emotions that every teenager goes experiences, through engaging illustrations This book is extremely inspirational, has a lot of lessons to be learnt from it and I highly recommend it 5 stars out of 5 Remember, you don t have to wear braces to enjoy this book 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 To Deal With A Major Earthquake, Boy Confusion, And Friends Who Turn Out To Be Not So Friendly This Coming Of Age True Story Is Sure To Resonate With Anyone Who Has Ever Been In Middle School, And Especially Those Who Have Ever Had A Bit Of Their Own Dental Drama 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 of these books. 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 known how to do such a thing in eighth grade A quarter century later and I still have the physical tools with which to enact the perfect smile as well as something of the social gearwork to make my attempts less ghastly Braces, for me, worked their magic And I m still not sure it was worth it.Still, regardless of how difficult my own experience was, those pains, miseries, and woes pale when compared to the manifold sorrows with which Raina Telgemeier s young life was cursed The author, when she was in sixth grade, fell and did substantial damage to her two front teeth Knocked one out and smashed the other one up into the gumline I m getting queasy just writing about it because as Telgemeier relates the event and immediate aftermath in her autobio comic, Smile, the whole experience is rather harrowing I m not usually one to blanch at grusome displays of violence in either prose or comics or film or art Caravaggio s Judith leaves me nonplussed Murakami s manskinner in The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is exciting but never nauseating And the cannibalistic humour inChewis merely amusing But Telgemeier s recountment of her accident, the blood, the immediate visit to the dental surgeon, the x rays showing where her missing tooth went it all made me a bit faint.Fortunately, all that was just the first fifteen pages or so After that, Smile shifts into something not dissimilar to the common Young Adult exploration of junior high and then high school insecurities The drama of growing up and all that Only young Raina also has much orthodontic work in her immediate future than would the average kid suffering the slings and arrows of burgeoning puberty Telgemeier balances the telling between school drama and mouth drama nicely though it helps the reader to know that this is not just a story but that it is Telgemeier s story Through Raina, the author relives a streamlined and story driven version of her own life and makes it palatable for general audiences.If I have one complaint about the book, it s that its lessons seem too pat, its morals too well placed The whole experience is very After School Special not in that this is a story ineptly told for Telgemeier is obviously well skilled and the book well crafted , but simply because everything fits together so very nicely Which we don t often come to expect from biography Lives are too messy to be retold so crisply Of course, it may be possible that Telgemeier really lives in the sweetness that lifts so pleasantly from Smile s pages To that, then, my criticism is not so much that the history Telgemeier relates is not believable, but instead that it s just not complicated enough It doesn t leave much for the reader to think on once the last page is turned.But that most likely wasn t Teglemeier s intent and her audience plausibly isn t a cynical guy who s than twenty years older than Smile s principle figure So make of that what you will.To its fortune, Smile is a brisk read for all its pages and will keep most readers interested enough to finish the book in a single sitting The book paces well and even the pieces that seemed familiar or predictable always escape feeling formulaic or contrived And Telgemeier makes Raina into a sympathetic character who, even when at her most pathetic or bratty, is someone you kind of just want to hold on to and take care of.Telgemeier s art is lively and fluid and she seems to have little trouble putting her characters into whatever circumstance her story demands of them Most impressive to me was how she allows her characters to age visibly Raina begins as a small girl involved in Girl s Scouts, but soon makes the transition to junior high and then across that gulf of development into high school Telgemeier uses numerous visual cues to help us keep Raina s age straight More than just the eventual appearance of breasts the lazy artist s cue of choice , Raina s face, hair, and carriage all shift naturally as she matures In the final pages, as her ordeal comes to a close, she has apparently grown up and has transitioned from childhood into young womanhood I had trouble deciding whether Smile was Good or just Ok At the end of the day, the book really is something of a trifle, an entertaining yarn that sits pretty firmly in the YA tradition of non challenging reads But simultaneously, Telgemeier does a good job at what she sets out to do and the care with which she treats her characters is evident throughout And while Smile is ostensibly about overcoming a dental crisis, it also explores our common inability to be happy due to our common inadequacies Smile points out that our reliance upon the things that sour us to life is often entrenched simply because those things are comfortable In any case, while to adults Smile may just be an entertaining read, to its targeted demographic the book may read like a manual to no longer being miserableReview courtesy of Good Ok Bad 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 than Smile though. 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 nerdiness in jr high and beginning high school The changes of puberty Having crushes on boys who never look at you, while accidentally offending nice boys who do like you Mean friends, good friends, and unexpected friends, it s all here This is a wonderful book 2018 My daughter, Baby Girl, got this for her ninth birthday a few months ago Yesterday I asked her how many times she has read it It s than five, but less than ten, apparently So I had to reread it myself, and wow, I had forgotten how great it was, and how it s not just about her teeth, but her life, her friendships, her school struggles. 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 than I did I expect 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 was no complexity I could see what was coming and apart from occasionally getting upset with her friends I did not get emotionally involved It was a quick read and it was over before I really noticed but not in the way that completely engrosses you as a reader, just that the story was so much like a glorified comic strip it flew by.As a teacher, I would probably have this in my classroom library I would keep it in case a student was a struggling reader, or if I wanted an example of a graphic novel though I feel I can keep better examples than this I would not consider teaching it I intend to teach high school and as such I would hope this would be a little below their level.I would recommend this to an early middle school student or a child I knew was about to get braces to sort of ease their worries about what was going to happen to them I don t think I would recommend it to anyone solely on literary merit. 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 overbite Then, while horsing around with her friends, she fell, and knocked out her two front teeth This one misstep plunged her into a four year ordeal of painful procedures, torturous surgeries, not to mention a perpetually changing appearance at a time when every kid is having a crisis of confidence As if puberty isn t traumatic enough Follow this lost heroine as she battles pimples, overcomes destructive friendships with hypercritical mean girls, endures painful oral surgeries, and finally finds her way to feeling at home in her own skin when she reaches high school.In a particularly wonderful moment, Raina rebukes her long time friends who do nothing but tear her down and tease her She realizes no friends are better than those friends Of course she adrift and lonely for a while, but Raina makes new friends soon enough.The moment of truth comes when Raina is finally freed from her brace faced prison Despite all she has endured, the results are far from perfect Dreading what she has come to expect as inevitable teasing in response to each dental iteration, she approaches her friends with trepidation But these new friends are nothing like the petty old friends They re like, you look cute let s go eat Phew These new amigos are actually fun to be around What s they love and support her And with that they wander off into a bright future This is a must read for anyone who has ever gone through puberty you know who you are Welcome home weary traveler 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 really need to know too much about the plot, because it really will ruin it for you Trust me Here are a few things that may motivate you to give this book a second glance 1 Don t be fooled by the bright red Scholastic imprint on the cover This is book that will appeal to people of all ages In fact, it s kinda like Shrek Anyone can appreciate it, but if you re over 21 and enjoy snarky humor, then you will love it doubly That kind of leads to the next point 2 If you are part of Generation Y or an aficionado of the 80s and early 90s, then you will so appreciate the trip down memory lane The attention to fashion, technology, and pop culture was so awesome 3 It s set in San Francisco Hello, dream place to live Need I say The good news is that Telgemeier is working on a followup to this memoir series entitled Sisters So looking forward to it
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