As this is a Nightmare Fuel page, spoilers will be left unmarked. You Have Been Warned!
Even for graphic memoirs, Smile and Sisters can have some pretty unnerving moments, even if they're pretty lighthearted.
Don't say we didn't warn you!
- There's a major - and utterly disgusting - bit during the beginning of the story. Not only is it true that Raina knocks out her two front teeth when she falls on her face, but there's also a lovely detail in which blood starts spraying everywhere from her mouth, all over the ground. Also unsettling is that it's later revealed Raina's other missing tooth was pushed up inside her gums.
- The descriptions of all the various dental procedures done to Raina - root canals, having to have braces twice, getting a deep scaling from a periodontist (who started without making sure the Novocaine kicked in), having her teeth removed again, squeezing her teeth together gradually (one can only imagine how much this HURT,) to replace her two front teeth. Especially as these experiences can be quite relatable for a lot of children her age who have problems with their teeth.
- The earthquake scene. It comes out of nowhere and ends as quickly as it begins. Raina's father also mentions how one of his work colleagues hasn't been able to get in contact with his family, who lived in the epicenter of the quake.
- For any victims of prolonged bullying, what Raina goes through with her "friends" can be pretty unsettling. She's teased and humiliated for close to four years, culminating in being pantsed in front of the whole school courtyard as part of a prank. Imagine people you consider your friends pulling your pants down in front of a bunch of random strangers, having said strangers laugh at you, and being called a stick in the mud for not seeing it as a joke.
- The panel where Denis tells the family that he's been sacked, and the ensuing dream sequence that follows. Uuuuugh...
- The ending, specifically Raina's freakoutnote and Raina having to accept that her parents' marriage is failing.