Have you ever had to gone through extreme dental work for over 3 years? No? Well, Raina Telgemeir has. That is what the book Smile is about. The climax of this book is that Raina has to go through school and a fair share of pain with teeth that make her look like a 6 year old, braces, and stress that a normal teenage girl has to go through.
On her way back from Girl Scouts, Raina takes an awful fall, knocks out her front tooth and pushes another one way into her gums! She is so embarrassed that her friends will make fun of her but the unfortunate pain helps her take her mind off it. Raina's friends DO make fun of her. Now she is a sad, lonely girl, who has mean friends who don't think they are doing anything wrong, and pain. Finally Raina is fed up with everything! Fed up with her stupid teeth and fed up with her viscous friends! She takes her school life into her own control and leaves her friends! Unfortunately, Raina can not leave the pain.
Raina's crooked life soon turns straight again. She meets some new friends that introduce her to there other friends. They never make fun of Raina and always give her support when she needs it! Now, Raina is happy even with a mouth full of dental work!
The main idea of this book is that life is rough so you have to have to make your own choices that your instinct tells you. Raina had a bumpy road ahead of her with the friends she had but choosing to leave them was a smart decision for her future!
I liked the book Smile because it was a short, realistic and interesting read. I understood everything and enjoyed hearing about Raina's "adventures." Although I liked the ending of the book and thought Raina made a good decision leaving her mean friends, I thought it was a little predictable. I knew Raina would not stay with her mean friends her whole life, I mean I wouldn't! Raina from Smile reminds me of Jodee Banko from Please Stop Laughing At Me because the friends they thought they had turned there backs on them and bullied them. The book Smile in general reminds me of my sister Annie's teeth because she went through a lot of pain getting braces just like Raina!
I would recommend this book to another student, but not to read as a novel because it's a short book you will finish in no more then one day. I would rate this book an 8 out of 10 because it was funny and held my attention in parts, like when Raina was getting teased by and they pulled down her skirting front of the whole school! The only part I did not like about this book was how Raina always wanted a PERFECT life. "A perfect setting, a perfect guy, the perfect song!" She would say. I did not like that part because I think she should realize the most important things she wanted at the time, like true friends and less dental work!
Great review, Rachel!