“Smile by Raina Telgemeier
(Smile # 1)
It’s a graphic novel about a 7th grade girl already dealing with her complicated girl life and suddenly having a new issue to contend with - braces! I read this to my 5 year old daughter, but I’m sure I’ll read it to her again when she’s older and then she will read it herself too. This story takes you through the scary process of getting braces - even including the doctor visits - and the other minefields kids have to handle in middle school: crushes, fake friends, bullies, and self-image. I can tell the author is a 80s baby like me by the references she throw in there: The Little Mermaid! and Nintendo! The graphics are really nice. I’m tempted to get the whole Smile series now.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #80 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge
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