Guts by Raina Telgemier @goraina Publication 9-17-19 Guest Review by Jaraiya Gomez

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away… and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on? 

Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face — and conquer — her fears.

I loved the book “Guts”. The reason I love it is because it’s a graphic novel. Graphic novels are easier for me to understand. She helps me to picture what I’m reading like a movie in my mind.

I found many funny parts like when the mom said, “Honey, move I need to…” and she never finished her sentence because she was going to puke!

Raina Telegmeier inspires me. I want to start writing my own graphic novels. A lesson I learned from her is to not be scared and to go for it! I am actually excited to read Guts again! The vomit parts can be gross though so readers beware!

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile andSisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at

Guest Blogger: Jaraiaya Gomez

Jaraiya is 10 years old and in 5th grade in Bellport New York. He loves to read, play soccer and football, and write graphic novels.


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