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* WhatAnIdiot: On her 13th birthday, Raina's friends reveal that they know she has a crush on Sean but he remains unaware. They then try and make her dress in skimpy clothes to attract his attention. When Raina questions whether or not this is necessary, Nicole claims that Sean told Nicole that he likes the clothes Nicole and co. are trying to squeeze Raina into. Keep in mind that Nicole ''immediately'' corroborates Raina's question if she (Nicole) talked to Sean about her (Raina).
** '''You'd Expect:''' Raina to realize that Nicole's story is totally bogus due to the blatant contradiction (seriously, what was Nicole thinking when she said Sean had talked to her?).
** '''Instead:''' Raina goes along with her friends and has the gall to act surprised when her friends laugh at her.
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* WhatAnIdiot: On her 13th birthday, Raina's friends reveal that they know she has a crush on Sean but he remains unaware. They then try and make her dress in skimpy clothes to attract his attention. When Raina questions whether or not this is necessary, Nicole claims that Sean told Nicole that he likes the clothes Nicole and co. are trying to squeeze Raina into. Keep in mind that Nicole ''immediately'' corroborates Raina's question if she (Nicole) talked to Sean herself about what he likes in a girl, and about Raina, and says that he'd only go for her (Raina).
if she "glammed it up a bit"
** '''You'd Expect:''' Raina to realize that Nicole's story is totally bogus due to the blatant contradiction (seriously, what was Nicole thinking when she said is putting her on, since Sean had ''probably'' would know Raina has a crush on him if one of her own friends talked to her?).
him about it and about her specifically.
** '''Instead:''' Raina goes along with her friends and has the gall to act surprised when only starts suspecting what's going on after they burst out laughing at her friends laugh at her.
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* WhatAnIdiot: The minivan breaks down in the Arizona (?) desert. Because cell phones won't be invented for about 15 years, Sue decides to hitchhike to find some service workers.

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* WhatAnIdiot: The minivan breaks down in the Arizona (?) desert. Because cell phones won't be invented for about 15 years, Sue decides to hitchhike to find some service workers.


* JerkassWoobie: Raina zigzags between this and a more traditional Woobie; she has been pretty selfish[[note]]like suggesting [[spoiler: leaving Amara's snake in the desert]][[/note]]. or insensitive [[note]]like standing Sam up at the dance. [[/note]] but she gets shat on by her [[BitchInSheepsClothing "friends"]], [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter is outclassed by her younger sister]], and screws herself over enough that the audience has to root for her. Amara is this trope as well (see below and her character page).

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* JerkassWoobie: Raina zigzags between this and a more traditional Woobie; she has been pretty selfish[[note]]like suggesting [[spoiler: leaving Amara's snake in the desert]][[/note]]. or insensitive [[note]]like standing Sam up at the dance. [[/note]] but she gets shat dumped on by her [[BitchInSheepsClothing "friends"]], [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter is outclassed by her younger sister]], and screws herself over enough that the audience has to root for her. Amara is this trope as well (see below and her character page).her.



* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Despite the story having the subtlety of a train crash to the nuts, this book drops several noteworthy truth bombs:
** Fuck toxic friends (not literally, we have fanfiction for that). They don't have anything of value to say and they'll only make your life worse.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Despite the story having the subtlety of a train crash to the nuts, this book drops several noteworthy truth bombs:
bombs; given that the story covers years Raina's life, it's also important that the book dropped this message so consistently to go alongside the story of her orthodontics:
** Fuck toxic Toxic friends (not literally, we have fanfiction are bad for that).you. They don't have anything of value to say and they'll only make your life worse.



* {{Squick}}: The descriptions of how Raina had her mouth basically reconstructed (ie, having her front teeth removed, knocked into the bone, put back together). It's not shown, but ''yuck''. That's not even getting to the periodontist.

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* {{Squick}}: The descriptions of how {{Squick}}:
** How
Raina had her mouth basically reconstructed (ie, having her front teeth removed, knocked out (and one of them being shoved up into the bone, her gum,) having them put back together). It's not in only for them to fuse into her jawbone, having to get them taken out ''again'' and having the rest of her teeth rearranged with braces to take their place). Not all of it is shown, but ''yuck''. That's not even getting to some bits are, like the periodontist.initial accident which shows Raina bleeding from the mouth as she scrambles to get her teeth.
** The section with the periodontist, who's shown doing a vicious scaling procedure on her damaged gums which is so traumatic Raina passes out in the hallway.



** Raina is an UnreliableNarrator - it's hard to tell if she's exaggerating Amara's behaviour or not.
*** To be fair, Raina is an adult now and she makes sure to highlight when she was bratty in both ''Smile'' and ''Sisters'', and shows little moments of Amara being nice (especially to animals). Also, Raina sent a manuscript to Amara, who approved it. This makes it less likely that Raina is unfairly exaggerating her sister's flaws.


* EvenBetterSequel: Generally considered to be an improvement over ''Smile'' due to even prettier artwork and a more dramatic, heavy story.

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The chapter where the Telgemeiers' pets keep dying goes from funny to dark to gut-bustingly hilarious.
* EvenBetterSequel: Generally considered to be an improvement over ''Smile'' due to even prettier artwork and a more dramatic, heavy story. A more ambiguous and less {{Anvilicious}} ending is also a welcome improvement.


* {{Anvilicious}}: The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: The main message of the story is not very subtle and subtle. This lack of subtlety is often considered the book's only flaw.flaw (alongside the initially inconsistent artwork).


* WhatAnIdiot: The minivan breaks down in the Arizona (?) desert. Because cell phones won't be invented for about 15 years, Sue decides to hitchhike to find some service workers.
** '''You'd Expect:''' Her to take all three of her children with them. While it's likely that someone will break into the car, at least then Raina and Amara [[FridgeHorror won't be assaulted or robbed as well.]]
** '''Instead:''' The girls' mother ''leaves the girls ALONE'' on the side of the road. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance This may have been in]] TheNineties [[DeliberateValuesDissonance and thus what was acceptable then won't be now]], but the girls could have suffered heat stroke.

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* WhatAnIdiot: The minivan breaks down in the Arizona (?) desert. Because cell phones won't EvenBetterSequel: Generally considered to be invented for about 15 years, Sue decides an improvement over ''Smile'' due to hitchhike to find some service workers.
** '''You'd Expect:''' Her to take all three of her children with them. While it's likely that someone will break into the car, at least then Raina
even prettier artwork and Amara [[FridgeHorror won't be assaulted or robbed as well.]]
** '''Instead:''' The girls' mother ''leaves the girls ALONE'' on the side of the road. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance This may have been in]] TheNineties [[DeliberateValuesDissonance and thus what was acceptable then won't be now]], but the girls could have suffered heat stroke.
a more dramatic, heavy story.



** Amara herself. At the end we're supposed to sympathize with her, but after how rude she was to both Raina and everyone else, it's hard to take her seriously.

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** Amara herself. At the end we're supposed to sympathize with her, but after how rude she was to both Raina and everyone else, it's hard to take her seriously.seriously.
* WhatAnIdiot: The minivan breaks down in the Arizona (?) desert. Because cell phones won't be invented for about 15 years, Sue decides to hitchhike to find some service workers.
** '''You'd Expect:''' Her to take all three of her children with them. While it's likely that someone will break into the car, at least then Raina and Amara [[FridgeHorror won't be assaulted or robbed as well.]]
** '''Instead:''' The girls' mother ''leaves the girls ALONE'' on the side of the road. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance This may have been in]] TheNineties [[DeliberateValuesDissonance and thus what was acceptable then won't be now]], but the girls could have suffered heat stroke.


* WhatAnIdiot: The girls' mother ''leaves the girls ALONE'' on the side of the road. This may have been in TheNineties, but the girls could have suffered heat stroke.

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* WhatAnIdiot: The minivan breaks down in the Arizona (?) desert. Because cell phones won't be invented for about 15 years, Sue decides to hitchhike to find some service workers.
** '''You'd Expect:''' Her to take all three of her children with them. While it's likely that someone will break into the car, at least then Raina and Amara [[FridgeHorror won't be assaulted or robbed as well.]]
** '''Instead:'''
The girls' mother ''leaves the girls ALONE'' on the side of the road. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance This may have been in TheNineties, in]] TheNineties [[DeliberateValuesDissonance and thus what was acceptable then won't be now]], but the girls could have suffered heat stroke.


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*** To be fair, Raina is an adult now and she makes sure to highlight when she was bratty in both ''Smile'' and ''Sisters'', and shows little moments of Amara being nice (especially to animals). Also, Raina sent a manuscript to Amara, who approved it. This makes it less likely that Raina is unfairly exaggerating her sister's flaws.


* Anvilicious: The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.

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* Anvilicious: {{Anvilicious}}: The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.

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* {{Squick}}: The descriptions of how Raina had her mouth basically reconstructed (ie, having her front teeth removed, knocked into the bone, put back together). It's not shown, but ''yuck''. That's not even getting to the periodontist.


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* WhatAnIdiot: The girls' mother ''leaves the girls ALONE'' on the side of the road. This may have been in TheNineties, but the girls could have suffered heat stroke.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic:
** Raina is an UnreliableNarrator - it's hard to tell if she's exaggerating Amara's behaviour or not.
** Amara herself. At the end we're supposed to sympathize with her, but after how rude she was to both Raina and everyone else, it's hard to take her seriously.


* [[Anvilicious:]] The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.

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* [[Anvilicious:]] Anvilicious: The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.


* {{Anvilicious:}} The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.

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* {{Anvilicious:}} [[Anvilicious:]] The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.


* Anvilicious: The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.

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* Anvilicious: {{Anvilicious:}} The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.


* Anvilicious: The main message of the story is not very subtle and is considered the book's only flaw.



* WhatAnIdiot:

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Despite the story having the subtlety of a train crash to the nuts, this book drops several noteworthy truth bombs:
** Fuck toxic friends (not literally, we have fanfiction for that). They don't have anything of value to say and they'll only make your life worse.
** Don't focus too much on your appearance. The people who are closest to you either won't notice or won't care.
** Family and real friends will always love you.
* WhatAnIdiot: On her 13th birthday, Raina's friends reveal that they know she has a crush on Sean but he remains unaware. They then try and make her dress in skimpy clothes to attract his attention. When Raina questions whether or not this is necessary, Nicole claims that Sean told Nicole that he likes the clothes Nicole and co. are trying to squeeze Raina into. Keep in mind that Nicole ''immediately'' corroborates Raina's question if she (Nicole) talked to Sean about her (Raina).
** '''You'd Expect:''' Raina to realize that Nicole's story is totally bogus due to the blatant contradiction (seriously, what was Nicole thinking when she said Sean had talked to her?).
** '''Instead:''' Raina goes along with her friends and has the gall to act surprised when her friends laugh at her.


* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: The prevailing view of girl-centered graphic novels for years has been that boys won't read them and thus they are unprofitable. Both of these books have received critical acclaim and sold millions of copies. And they're really good, as you can tell by the general tone on these pages despite occasional mocking of stupid decisions Raina (the character) makes.



* JerkassWoobie: Raina swaps between this and a more traditional Woobie; she has been pretty selfish[[note]]like suggesting [[spoiler: leaving Amara's snake in the desert]][[/note]]. or insensitive [[note]]like standing Sam up at the dance. [[/note]] but she gets shat on by her [[BitchInSheepsClothing "friends"]], [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter is outclassed by her younger sister]], and screws herself over enough that the audience has to root for her. Amara is this trope as well (see below and her character page).

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* JerkassWoobie: Raina swaps zigzags between this and a more traditional Woobie; she has been pretty selfish[[note]]like suggesting [[spoiler: leaving Amara's snake in the desert]][[/note]]. or insensitive [[note]]like standing Sam up at the dance. [[/note]] but she gets shat on by her [[BitchInSheepsClothing "friends"]], [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter is outclassed by her younger sister]], and screws herself over enough that the audience has to root for her. Amara is this trope as well (see below and her character page).



* CatharsisFactor: When [[spoiler: Raina

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* CatharsisFactor: When [[spoiler: Raina breaks up with her old friends after they pants her in the courtyard.]]
* IdiotPlot: The Sam x Raina x Sean love triangle. Basically, Raina gets a crush on a 6th Grader named Sam and a basketball player named Sean. She's unsure of which one she'd rather go to the school dance with even after Sam invites her, and [[spoiler: eventually chooses not to go at all. Fair enough, it's her choice at the end of the day.]] The stupid part comes when [[spoiler: Raina doesn't tell Sam that her plans have changed. She doesn't even need to explain why, allowing her to sort out her feelings about both boys without risking completely destroying her relationship with Sam!]]
* WhatAnIdiot:

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