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.
Even though Raina’s situation is rare, it is one everyone can relate to. At some point, everyone’s had to deal with some kind of medical procedure and the complications. It didn’t shy away from the harsher topics of negligent doctors, procedures not going as planned as well as the emotional side; the feelings of embarrassment and sadness.
On top of that, Smile deals with normal teenage life: boys, ex-best friends, puberty, school… It was funny, heartfelt and realistic, definitely something I’d recommend.