Cricket Readers Recommend


by Raina Telgemeier

This book is about a girl named Raina who wakes up one night with a horrible stomach ache one night and doesn't feel well. She goes to school and doesn't fit in well. She has friends but also non-friends. She always worries about food, family, and friends. she goes to a therapist beacause her anxiety was bad. Her panic attacks came out of nowhere. She was afraid of certain foods and wouldn't eat different varieties of food. This book is good for any age group from 8 and up. I absoloutly loved it and trying not to ruin it is hard but I really recommend this book to anyone. also read Raina's other books, Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts. Thanks, Kitty Cat.Smile

Average: 1.7 (9 votes)
submitted by Kitty Cat, age 11
(September 6, 2020 - 7:20 pm)

I loved this book too! My favorite book by her is Drama.

submitted by Sally J., age 10, Manhattan
(September 7, 2020 - 4:02 pm)

I do really like Drama too! My favorite one is Smile but I love all the others too.Smile

submitted by Kitty Cat, age 11
(September 8, 2020 - 10:33 am)

Same here!

submitted by Sanner B., age 13, Arizona
(July 19, 2022 - 2:59 pm)

I love all books by her but my favorites are Drama and Smile.

submitted by Hot Coco, age 11, Wisconsin
(October 27, 2020 - 4:28 pm)

I do like Smile it's my favorite.

submitted by Kitty Cat, age teen, Gotham City
(October 29, 2020 - 9:47 am)

I love this book too! I also liked Ghosts

submitted by Cordelia D, age 12, NYC,NY
(July 9, 2022 - 7:25 am)

Guts is a super good book. I really related to it witch made it extra special. Raina is an amazing author.

submitted by Sanner B., age 13, Arizona
(July 19, 2022 - 3:03 pm)

I really like Guts, since emetophobia is something I struggle with myself. Good book, would reccomend!!

submitted by Tealeaf, age 14
(July 20, 2022 - 7:11 pm)

I really liked this book, especially how it normalizes therapy. Therapy is totally normal and great and it's sad that it's so taboo in our society.

submitted by Lupine
(November 22, 2022 - 10:14 pm)

Er, I think this book is a little pointless? It doesn't sound very interesting to read about someone who was scared of food. Might it possibly be that people who are scared of food just project their worries about other things onto food? (I don't know that this is true, I'm just speculating.) Also, I think Raina would have been a lot happier telling her worries to real friends who cared about her, rather than going to see a therapist. So all in all, this book seemed pretty pointlessly angsty to me.

submitted by anon
(December 4, 2022 - 8:38 pm)

Hello! I just wanted to make a little clarification--friends are great and it's wonderful to have friends you can talk to about your problems, but sometimes friends (especially kids) don't have the experience or resources to help with serious mental health issues, and therapy can be very helpful for resolving/relieving anxiety. There's nothing wrong with therapy, and if you find a therapist you like, it's a great way to find some solace when you're struggling. Of course, it doesn't work for everyone, but it's important to be able to talk about going to therapy instead of stigmatizing and creating fear around therapy. :)

submitted by Lupine
(March 3, 2023 - 12:56 am)