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By Raina Telgemeier
Audience: Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

Oh, man. This book is SO ACCURATE! 

Let's talk about going to the orthodontist.

I totally identified with it. I never had problems because of fall (knock on wood) but I did have my own orthodonture extravaganza. I thought it would never end. Anytime I went to the dentist, something was wrong. I was so happy when I finally heard, "You have a beautiful smile!" instead of, "Ok, this is what we're going to do next." It really is an amazing feeling.

The author also captured pre-teen insecurity as well. 

And oh my GOSH it had "The Little Mermaid" in it! How could a book be bad if they put that in it?


This book is fantastic. It lives up to all of its good reviews.

Read it. It only takes about half an hour.


  1. I have this one, and have been holding off on it to read, in favor of reading mangas instead.

    But, you make it sound really good. ☺


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