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Monday, 19 December 2016

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Smile is an autobiographical graphic novel about a typical American girl, who belongs to Girl Scouts and has to get braces to fix an overbite. Only one day she falls and breaks her two front teeth. This is followed by four years of painful surgeries, and dentist visits, and throughout it all she is under-going puberty, starting at High School, and realizing that sometimes the people you think are your friends don’t always have your best interests at heart.

This novel is a lovely (although at times slightly forgettable) story of one girl’s adolescence. It is a story about feeling insecure, but finally learning to accept yourself, flaws and all. But most of all it is a reminder that going to the dentist hurts and man I am so glad I never had braces because they look awful and painful!

Seriously though, read it. It’s lovely, and the artwork is very cute (except for the pictures of her X-rays. They are just incredibly painful to look at).

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Catalogue link: Smile

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