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Smile by Raina Telgemeier – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

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Title: Smile

Author: Raina Telgemeier  

Summary: SSmile - book covermile is the autobiographical graphic novel of Raina as a girl growing up in the early 1990’s. In elementary school, during a Girl Scouts meet, Raina trips and smashes in her front teeth resulting in dental work throughout junior high and high school. The book depicts her life as a teenager, from seeing The Little Mermaid come out in the movie theater to losing friends and many more interesting events that I won’t give away (you’ll have to read it to see for yourself). As time goes on, Raina begins to question her life, her so-called friends and her decisions.

Six Word Review: Nostalgic memoirs of a Nineties teen

How many stars (out of 10) would you give this book & why?

I’d give Smile ten stars, I loved it! It’s one of my new favorite books and I’m glad the library has it so that others can read it as well.

I started reading it because...I kept reading it because…

I started reading Smile because my sister told me about it. At first I thought it was a book for children, but I kept reading it because I liked the illustrations and the various 1990’s pop culture elements (Bart Simpson, Duck Tales, The X-Files, etc.) and as the story progressed, it changed from talking about an awkward little kid to discussing the exciting life of a teenager trying to finish school and make friends.

Gut Reaction: Smile is great! I’m glad the library has it because I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a good book to read.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of…

I loved the 1990’s setting, it’s a strange contrast to 2015, when we have instant text messaging, Facebook, YouTube, etc. In the 1990’s, there were VCR’s, not DVD players, the internet was just becoming available for home usage, and kids actually had conversations more often because they didn’t have cellular devices the way we have them today. I also really liked the character, Raina, because anyone could relate to her. She wants to fit in with her friends but at the same time she doesn’t want to be just another face in the crowd, she wants to be special.

This book reminded me of...

Smile reminded me of The Lovely Bones: both are books that take place decades in the past and both are very interesting and exciting.

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Anything else your reader should know…

Smile has a sequel:Sisters.

And the author has another book: Drama


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