Smile is perfect for young readers experiencing their own dental dramas

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 
Review Source: Borrowed copy

I wish there were more fun stories like Smile out there. I went through my own dental dramas in my pre-teen years that lasted through to my sophomore year so Raina’s story really resonated with me. Losing teeth and watching the shape of your face change leaves people–not just kids and teens–with a lot of insecurity. Sharing these stories can really help remind some of these people in extreme situations that they aren’t as alone as they might feel.

I’d recommend Smile to children ages 8-12, especially those of whom are beginning to go to orthodontists themselves, or those who really enjoy comics and graphic novels, or those who aren’t keen readers. The dialogue is very beginner-friendly, and anyone who knows someone with braces will be able to enjoy the humour that Telgemeier spins from these sometimes painful and awkward years.