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Smile by [Telgemeier, Raina]
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Praise for "Smile "
"I so enjoyed reading "Smile," I couldn't put it down. It's excellent!" -- Lynn Johnston, creator of "For Better or For Worse"
"Raina perfectly captures the small, everyday surprises, dramas, and embarrassments that make up adolescence... A joy to read." -- Gene Yang, National Book Award Winner for "American Born Chinese"
"Irresistible, funny and touching." -- "Kirkus Reviews"
"It hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it." -- "The New York Times Book Review"
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"I so enjoyed reading "Smile," I couldn't put it down. It's excellent!" -- Lynn Johnston, creator of "For Better or For Worse"
"Raina perfectly captures the small, everyday surprises, dramas, and embarrassments that make up adolescence... A joy to read." -- Gene Yang, National Book Award Winner for "American Born Chinese"
"Irresistible, funny and touching." -- "Kirkus Reviews"
"It hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it." -- "The New York Times Book Review"
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About the Author

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling, multiple Eisner Award winning creator of "Smile" and "Sisters," which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of "Drama," which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina.com. "

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 79851 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Graphix; 1 edition (29 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J417FYU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a really good book. I would totally recommend getting it. I would recommend this book to ages 11-13, I loved it. It is quite a quick read. I would just like to mention that this book is written in a comic book style. I don't think there is any problem with this I just wasn't expecting it. I like this book because it's new and original and very realistic. Definitely worth getting. Buy it! :-) 5 stars
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By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the story of Raina who just wants to be an ordinary sixth grader. She is going to get braces to fix an overbite but before they get affixed she falls and knocks out her two front teeth. This begins a long ordeal for her, of on-again off-again braces, headgear, surgery and that is just her teeth. There is also an earthquake, boys, and finding real friends. It chronicles over 4 years of treatment and adolescence.

I read this book because a friend who wrote a Graphic Novel column said it was one of the best of the year. I have also found a new fondness for the media over the last year. The specific story intrigued me because of my own experience with braces.

Telgemeir, in her story in this graphic novel, does an amazing job of capturing the experience of wearing braces. It chronicles the frustrations, the pain, the discomfort - all wrapped around the story of a girl growing through adolescence, and finding her true self. Wonderfully illustrated and inked, it was great fun to read. I had my braces from grade 4 to grade 8. I had 21 breaks while wearing them. I also remember my mouth feeling funny when they came off, and feeling weird without them. Raina Telgemeir truly has captured the essence of having braces and living with them day in and day out for year. But this book also captures the experience of growing up, and discovering what you love to do, and finding out what real friendship is about and like.
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Format: Paperback
Cathartic, and educative, Raina's autobiographical comic book recounts her dental misadventures as a nasty fall made her lose her incisives, making her undergo four years of various teeth treatments. Some successful, some that weren't. While living middle school and starting high school. Where she experienced issues related to teenagers, including conflicts with her Girl Scouts friends who started to become superficial and to behave viciously toward her. Teases, public humiliations, insulting names, the kind of demeaning that makes Raina's treatment more difficult to endure.
Also, it is a story about teenagers from the eighties and nineties. A book that makes reference to major events, for instance the World Series earthquake that shook San Francisco up, and pop culture material like The Little Mermaid and Nintendo video games like Super Mario Bros and Duck Tales. Nostalgia to those who lived in that era.

Artistically, the comic book is wonderful to read. Clear composition, large frames that don't cram in too much visual details, and characters showing very expressive behaviors. In some instances, some pages are even one panels that cover everything and describe in just one drawing more emotions than what a series of them would or could. I'd also like to give a nice nod to the coloring artists whose work enriched Raina's work.

Of the dentistry, I am glad that Raina did a good job at describing how the medical process worked and certain teeth issues some people could have with theirs. As somebody whose childhood dentist was someone whom my grandfather and father described as a "lumberjack", a person I ended up quitting for more competent ones, I totally understood what Raina felt through with an irresponsible periodontist she and her mother condemned in this book.

Wonderful literature for teenagers and for those who might apprehend dentists, this book is a must.
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Format: Hardcover
Raina Telgemeier taps right into the most amusing and painful memories of being a teenager with her graphic novel about her experience of getting braces, having crushes on boys and being traumatised by rude siblings and catty girlfriends. And an earthquake.

Readers may recognise her artwork from her adaptations of Ann M. Martin's Baby-Siters Club series and will admire her clean, expressive linework and beautiful page layouts. I also admired the striking scenes of San Francisco landscapes and Californian architecture at the beginnings of chapters, where Stephanie Yue's colouring looked its best.
I had fun spotting subtle cultural references from my own childhood, such as Super Mario Brothers, Guess Jeans, New Kids on the Block, and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate from Walgreen Drug with the price tag accidentally left on. And I share with the author a childhood love of some of the same comics, including Calvin & Hobbes and For Better of For Worse.

I wish this book had been around when I was a teenager in braces, I would have curled up with it instantly. And when I was finished, I would have wanted to meet Raina and geek out together about drawing stories. Don't be surprised if kids read this and want to try their own hand at drawing and writing about their own most embarrassing moments, crushes and dental indignities.
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My son is going through those usual teenage problems and this book was a great way of saying "you're not alone". It's a keeper as he wants to read it again at some point - not often I hear that!
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