|Raina with some of her characters|
in her book: The real Dr. Dragoni & Jaime
SMILE is a true story about Raina's dental fiasco during her preteen years. But it's more than that. It's about adolescent life, the problems she faced and the lessons she learned. Her story is funny and sweet. Yet is covers some serious issues that teens face like acceptance, love, and friendship. It is a must read for middle and high schoolers. Raina's illustrations are wonderful. She really conveyed the emotions of her characters through their expressions well.
When I heard that Raina planned on visiting her former orthodontist, I just had to be there to meet her. She was so gracious to do a private book signing.
The advice given to artists/writers is, "Don't quit your day job." Well, that's why I'm still a dental hygienist working in the dental building of Raina's former orthodontist. And that's how I got to meet Raina Telgemeier!