Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier are two graphic memoirs about the author's teen years.
middle-schooler Raina is not looking forward to getting braces, but the
process is complicated by a painful accident that results in the loss
of her front teeth just days before the braces are scheduled to go on.
Will her missing teeth and metallic grin spell social disaster?
focuses on the relationship between Raina and her younger sister,
particularly on one long road trip that the girls take with their mother
and younger brother. They're on their way to a family reunion, but in
many ways these two sisters have never felt further apart. Will their
adventures on the road help them learn how to be better sisters to each
Both of these books have been popular at my library
lately, and I can see how they would appeal to readers, especially those
in similar circumstances. I liked Smile slightly better than Sisters,
which I felt was a little inconclusive about certain points at the
ending, but both were fun, quick reads. I'd better get them back to the
library now, as they are in demand!
(Reviewed from copies borrowed through my library system.)