What happens if you combine losing two teeth, middle school, the 1989 earthquake, questionable friends, major crushes, The Little Mermaid, and high school? You get Smile (AR 1.0, level 2.6) by Raina Telgemeier!
Smile is an autobiographical graphic novel about the trials and tribulations of wearing braces for four years, in addition to the normal young adult problems. Anyone who has worn braces is sure to say, "I know about that!" For others like me, who have never worn braces, this novel is a revelation about the pain and heartache wearing braces can cause a 'tween or a teen.
Readers will be surprised that the novel takes place in the late 1980's and early 1990's because it is such a timeless tale. In addition to the central focus on her dental difficulties, Raina must also suffer the indignities perpetuated by her so-called "friends" and by her unrelenting crush on Sean.
If you are in the mood for a humorous and likeable character like Raina, pick up Smile.