Happyface by Stephen Emond
Enter Goodreads: Happyface's journal and get a peek into the life of a shy, artistic boy who decides to reinvent himself as a happy-go-lucky guy after he moves to a new town. See the world through his hilariously self-deprecating eyes as he learns to shed his comic-book-loving, computer-game playing ways. Join him as he makes new friends, tries to hide from his past, and ultimately learns to face the world with a genuine smile. With a fresh and funny combination of text and fully integrated art, Happyface is an original storytelling experience.
My take: Happyface is geeky kid who gets a new start. He chooses to put on his planned happyface and began his new life. What the reader does not realize until later is that the diary is missing a key piece that is pivotal in why he is where he is and how things changed so drastically.
The diary is told in both handwritten form and with pictures. The author is a genius at incorporating words and images to tell the story. Eventually, the reader sees the happy face crack as he realizes he must address all of himself, even the painful parts.
The content is for mature teens and older. Very well written and presented.