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According to the ALA, Drama was among the top ten most challenged book in libraries and schools in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Reasons given for challenges and bans have included having LGBTQIA+ content and characters, sexually explicit content, an "offensive political viewpoint", being "confusing", and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”.  Personal life [ edit ]
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Schou, Solvej (April 18, 2006). "Not the 1980s anymore: popular Baby-sitter's Club books go graphic". The Canadian Press, Entertainment and Culture.Nice Guy: Raina's crush in 7th Grade, Sammy. He's sweet and a bit shy, and doesn't judge Raina for her braces or acne. It's a shame she stands him up at the school dance. Sean, as well: Raina even remarks how he was always friendly to her. Raina herself, albeit to a far lesser degree. She can be quite standoffish and snappy towards people who want to help her, including her mother. That being said, she is still a generally good-natured person who loves her family and most of her acting out is due to her insecurities and not due to her being a bad person. a b c Alter, Alexandra (October 21, 2019). "How Raina Telgemeier Faces Her Fear (Published 2019)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved November 22, 2020.
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Eye Take: Raina's reaction to her new friends treating her post-braces teeth (which she thought were ugly) with a grain of salt.Pants-Pulling Prank: Played for Drama. Raina breaks up with her group of "friends" when one of them does this to her in the school cafeteria.
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Chekhov's Gun: Throughout the novel, Raina is told not to eat popcorn while she has her braces on. When her braces are finally removed and she thinks they look disgusting, guess how Dr. Dragoni tries to console her. Raina's friend Melissa joins in on teasing her, but she does seem to genuinely like Raina, sympathizing with her after Raina's 8th grade class learns about her crush on Sean. This is probably why Raina and Melissa hang out together the most, and why Raina is only comfortable with telling her about her crush on Sammy. In her last scene in the book (the first day of high school), Melissa tells Raina to smile more often.
Reconstruction: Of coming-of-age stories about young people who grow more self-confident in their appearance because of support from others. Unlike in most coming-of-age stories with a similar premise, Smile negatively portrays the protagonist's 1st group of friends and shows them to be at least part of the cause of Raina's insecurities. However, her self-esteem is boosted by her new friends' acceptance and her own recognition of her more important talents.