Smile (Smile #1) by by Raina Telgemeier
A dentifrice smile is what everyone desires, but a few unlucky beings are doomed to a tooth less future. The readers will feel rewarded when they go through the realistic but humorous autobiographical account of author Raina Telgemeier. A few will identify with the dilemma a person goes through when they accidentally lose their teeth. The pain, the ugly smile which stares back at them from the mirror, and the grueling attempts at restoring them artificially –all are well described as a perfection in the unusual autobiography.
The author narrates a string of incidences from sixth grade to the time she passed out high school. What follows are repeated visits to the orthodontist and the hopelessness which a teen experiences when she loses two of her precious thirty-two teeth. The story is different as it does not endorse picture-perfect fairytale ending to the dental nightmare. But looking at the larger picture, it is realistic and touches down on the fact that it is better to accept things which we can’t change, especially when it comes to our body. With the self-acceptance come the confidence and the concept of being comfortable in your skin. Didn’t the modern definition of beauty just modify to that?