Smile by Raina Telgemeir

smileTelgemeier, Raina. Smile. New York: Graphix, 2010. Print.

Genre: Graphic novel, memoir

Summary: Smile follows Raina’s progression from 6th grade to high school. It documents her agonizing adolescence — which really is full of pain and suffering. Not only does she face-plant and bust out her front teeth, but she also has to put up with bullying “friends.” But Raina perseveres in the end, and is able to smile!

Critique: The visual cinematography is pretty standard. Not a lot of experimentation or visual dramatization. While some of the dialogue is on the nose and some of the character’s drawn expressions or postures do not always clearly convey their emotions (inner or hidden), the story is emotionally engaging and tragically funny.


By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

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