This autobio-graphic novel chronicles the toothy trials of Raina’s adolescence, during which she basically had her entire mouth reconstructed.
I loved it! She gets middle school girl relationships perfectly, the way a group of friends chooses one to pick on. They don’t even know they’re doing it, necessarily, but enough “just kidding!”s really hurt. Not to mention, of course, that this is the ideal book to put braces angst in perspective. It spans a number of years, promising that by the time you’re settled in high school, the teeth and the friends do get better.
The whole package — art and writing and dramedic tone — reminded me of Hope Larson’s Chiggers, which is high praise indeed.
(And if you also grew up in the late 80s, you will love the “period” touches. I had completely forgotten about Caboodles. I was shocked — shocked! — to learn that Raina Telgemeier graduated high school a year ahead of me.)