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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?
Publisher: New York : Graphix logo, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545852517
Characteristics: 211 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.


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A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!

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FPL_Jenni Apr 17, 2021

Guts is an incredibly popular graphic novel that received a double Eisner Award in 2020. Guts portrays a confusing and complicated time of Telgemeier's childhood, one where she was panged by constant stomach pains and intense anxiety. Telgemeier opens up about her childhood, describing the onslaught of her anxiety attacks, fear of food and getting sick, and her therapy and how it helped her. Young readers could see themselves within Guts, which opens the opportunity to converse about mental illness within children, such as anxiety and depression, a topic that is more prevalent than ever. Telgemeier's illustrations take full advantage of the graphic novel format, using colors like green in order to portray the nausea that young Raina feels, and changing word formatting into something that seems to swallow her in order to portray her anxiety. All in all, Raina is a very relatable and relevant character that mirrors what too many children feel in today's society.

Mar 02, 2021

Unfortunately, it was more for younger readers, ages 6-9 or 9 and under. I finshed it in about 45 minuets. You're kidding saying that it's better than her other works, right? Smile was way better. Ms. Telgemeier, the panels took up too much space-- I mean, theere should have been more panles on each page. And the speech bubbles for some texts were too big. And, I'm a pre-teen, and I know Raina's famous, but it's just for younger readers! People who aren't pre-teens yet or early pre-teens... people my brother's age. The age rating for this book is way higher than it's supposed to be! I got fooled by the age rating, but I would have read it anyway. Even if it is a bad age rating, the book was good, but not the gem I had expected. If you liked this book, you might like Smile, Drama (9+), Sisters, or Ghosts (not scary). But, all that said, it's okayish. You know what? I should just have said that earlier. 🤪

Dec 30, 2020

I'v read the book 'Smile' and I loved it so this one HAS to be good

Dec 04, 2020

I loved it so much you should read smile and sisters they are good to

Nov 27, 2020

Love this book

JCLHollyB Oct 14, 2020

A relatable narrative that is a reminder of the literal pains of growing up. An excellent choice for kids (and perhaps even adults) suffering from anxiety and related health issues.

Oct 01, 2020


Sep 16, 2020

This graphic novel is very enjoyable to read. I love the drawing style, I even started drawing similar characters. Personally “Guts” is very relatable, in fact most of my friends relate to it too. I had some girls in my school that I couldn’t get along with much. The messages in this graphic novel are very true. One of those messages was that Raina should try to get to know the hater better, and that she might be nice once she gets to know her, that is exactly what happened. Similarly, I was always told to do the same. And getting to know that person is the best way to end the problems between you and them. I recommend this book to all elementary students that have a similar experience. @Samrain of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Guts is a 2019 American graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier, who is also known for her works Smile and Sisters. It was in development for about two years. The book dramatizes her struggles to overcome her fears and anxieties about bathroom issues, such as contracting the stomach flu or needing to move her bowels urgently. I enjoyed reading this book because it talks a lot about fear and anxiety along with friend trouble. I would recommend this to teens 13 and up. I like how Raina describes her life in graphic novels! It is an amazing book that tells about her true feelings. Rating: 4/5 @PrettyKitty of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 01, 2020

Complaint: Man, I'm the 4th hold on this book, and for a couple days I've noticed that I'm not getting any further in line, I know that the person who is reading the book has the right to take their time while reading it, but still, it has been a long time since I put this hold and I am still not getting this book.

Jul 21, 2020

I really liked this book. It talks a lot about fear and anxiety along with friend trouble.

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Nov 27, 2019

Guts is another story about Raina which aligns with her previous two books about her life, Smile, and Sisters. Guts follows Raina's life at school, Raina's problems with her fear of vomit, and her anxiety. Raina's stomach problems, and her stomach problems and fear of vomit end up getting her a fear of food, and thinking too much about what she eats and if it could make her sick.


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