This week, we’re sharing ‘Smile’ a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier, which is all about the challenges of being a middle schooler going through orthodontic treatment.
‘Smile’ by Raina Telgemeier is about Raina, who wants nothing more than to be a normal 6th grader.
One night, however, Raina has a fall and damages her two front teeth. The result of this fateful event is a long and frustrating ordeal involving surgery, braces, cringe-worthy headgear… and even a retainer with false teeth attached.
To compound all that, Raina naturally also has to deal with all the typical confusion about boys and the social issues that come with being in middle school.
Dealing with braces and orthodontic treatment can be trying, especially for children and teens, when all they really want is to feel ‘normal’ and fit in with their friends.