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Taking a Page out of SMILE (RAINA TELGEMEIER) | BOOK BISCUIT

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– Sofia, do you want to
have a smiling contest? – To see who can
smile the longest? – Exactly. – Okay, ready. One, two, three. You win. It’s time for the show. (upbeat music) – Hi, I’m Luxy. – And I’m Sofia. – And today, we’re doing
“Smile” by Raina Telgemeier. – “Smile” is a graphic novel, and it gives you a
picture-by-picture look at what it’s like
to be a real kid. – In it, the main
character, Raina, is planning on getting braces when she’s in an accident and
loses her two front teeth. – And so begins years of braces,
head gear, and retainers. – And it is a lot of work to
constantly be thinking about which foods are
soft enough to eat. – Mashed potato, soggy
cereal, liver pate. – Liver pate? – Yeah, you should try it. It’s delightful. – Have you tried ice cream? – Yes. “Smile” is all
about having braces, school, and friend problems. – Normal stuff. But it goes into so much detail that everyday events
feel powerful, memorable, and most importantly, relatable. – It doesn’t downplay anything. It just helps us know that
even as we move forward, the things we stressed
out about in the past aren’t so bad anymore. But they were still very real
and important at the time. – When Sofia and
I read the book, we decided to write letters
to our future selves to see if we’d feel different
about our problems later on. – These letters date all the
way back to several weeks ago. This one’s mine. Sofia, this is your
younger self, Sofia. Today is frustrating. I wanted to see if turkey
sandwiches were flammable and I blew it up
in my lab class. But now it’s lunchtime,
and I’m starving. In a few minutes, I have
to go to drama class. But if I’m this hungry and
moody, I’ll probably overact. Worst of all, tomorrow
is picture day, and the school won’t
let me take a picture with my rubber spider
on my shoulder, even though I told them that it would be a more accurate
representation of who I am. Today was really annoying. Sofia. Well, I’m not hungry
or annoyed anymore, and I actually did get
to wear the spider. So the next day was better. – You wrote your
letter to yourself? – Yeah, that’s what we
were supposed to do. – My letter was to you. – Why? It’s supposed to be from
you to your former self. – I know. I did it wrong. I wrote to you a
couple weeks ago. Yeah. Dear Sofia, I saw you
burn your turkey sandwich, and you don’t know this yet, but you could some of my lunch. Also, you didn’t need to
pick a fight with the teacher over having a spider
in your yearbook photo. You could just wear a shirt
with a picture of one on it. It’s the same end result. One more thing. I’m deciding between
three different smiles for my school picture, and I need you to
help me decide. I’ll show them to you later. Your friend, Luxy. – You did share your
lunch with me that day. I really appreciate it. – No problem. – This shows that every day is
a story worth writing about. – The stakes aren’t
always villainous monsters running after you. Maybe it’s a classmate
who humiliated you in the cafeteria. Both of those things can
feel equally terrible. – Like a 6.9 earthquake
like makes your entire world feel like it’s about to crumble. – Or maybe it feels like
an earthquake in your head when you’re trying to
balance school, friends, and figuring our who you are. – This is who I am.

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