Raina Telgemeier first came on my radar when my oldest was in fifth grade and about to get braces. The Scholastic flyer that came home from school had a book called Smile and I decided to take a chance. Both my daughter and I loved it. And now, her younger sister with braces loved it as well. Now, we collect all of Telgemeier’s books, especially the revamped graphic novels of The Babysitter’s Club.
Guts. This. Was. Me. Growing up, I had such a sensitive stomach, I’d get sick all the time. By the time I hit middle school, I was keeping a supply of Pepto Bismol in both my locker and my best friend’s on the other side of the school. But it wasn’t until I was almost out of high school that I was diagnosed with IBS. All the doctor told me was to eat better and not stress about stuff so much.
I appreciated Raina sharing her story. Several of my kids deal with anxiety, and one has tummy issues once in a while because of it, so it was great for her to read this story and not feel like she was alone with her problems. While not the sexiest thing to write and illustrate, it isn’t done in a way that makes someone say “gross.”
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