English 341: It’s Like This

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SMILE

SMILE

In the beginning, I was not excited to say the least when I found out we had to read a graphic novel. I felt like they didn’t get across the point as well as books without illustrations and that they relied solely on pictures to do the talking. I have never been more wrong. I absolutely LOVED this book, pictures and all. The mixture of pictures and words worked so well with this book and I could not imagine it without both. The author not only made this book easy to read and relatable, but they made us connect to the main character and sympathize with what she was going through. I will definitely recommend this book to my students to be able to help them through middle and high school because it has such a positive message. I liked that no matter what happened and how bad things got, she would keep an upbeat attitude and push through her hardships. I think that is the best part of the book, because it lets the readers know that everything will be okay in the end. I would definitely recommend this book and it relays a great message to young kids, and even older ones.

One Reply to “SMILE”

  1. I can totally relate to the not excited about the graphic novel, but I am happy you had such a great reaction to it, as did I. I agree that the picture and how easy it was to read made me enjoy this so much more! I think that this book is super relatable as well specially because it shows her transition from schools. Another part I really thought was relatable was how she stands up for herself to her friends and she finds even better ones. I think all during your school life you go through times like this where maybe your friends aren’t the best for you and you need to switch it up. I’m so happy you enjoyed this book as much as I did and we are both now lucky enough to have if in our classroom libraries now.

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