Monday, January 19, 2015


6764756Goodreads Says:    From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap.

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

My Thoughts:

-    I'm sure a lot of teens (and adults) can relate to this story. It nails the self conscience aspect of being a teen, and it nails everything awful about getting braces. Yes, I had them too. 

-    I love the cartoony illustrations. The facial expressions were so funny, and conveyed the characters emotions perfectly.

-    I love how many times I said to myself, "I felt the exact same way!" or "That was me too!"

-    I can't wait to read this to my daughter. Maybe if she gets braces in the future, I'll give her this book as a present. 

-    This was a really cute graphic novel with a great message in the end. 

-    This book made me smile! One of the best graphic novels I've read!

My Re-Read Thoughts:

-    This book is SO fun! It is still one of my favorite graphic novels. 

-    I really noticed Raina's friends this time around. They were jerks, big jerks! I'm glad she finally ditched them for better ones. 


  1. I borrowed this book from the library and my son Dylan ended up reading it. He enjoyed it so much I bought him a copy of both Smiles and Sisters for Christmas. Both of them are on my TBR :)

  2. Sounds like a fun relatable book.