by Raina Telgemeier
The author recounts her middle and high school years in this graphic format memoir that revolves around friendship, self-discovery, and dental work. What made Raina's middle school years even more trying than usual was the fact that she fell and lost her 2 front teeth when she was in 6th grade. While she was going to have to have braces anyway, this injury prompted years of surgeries, retainers (even one with false teeth attached!), and braces that were on for much longer than anyone expected. Will a boy ever like Raina back while she has a mouth full of metal? And why are her so-called friends leaving her out and making fun of her? Join Raina as she discovers where her true talents and friends lie in this painful, funny, and true coming of age story.