Sunday, January 6, 2013

Teeth: By Hannah Moskowitz



Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.

Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.


Teeth really surprised me. It took turns that I really didn’t expect and brought the story into new and surprising waters.

Now, not all of the twists were wonderful, but there were enough that caught me off guard and enough that I liked to keep me interested.

That said, Teeth is not a happy-go-lucky book. It is filled with rape, mutilation, and loneliness. The happiest characters in the book are filled with desperation, anger, and frustration. And even the end is not a fairy tale ending (so don’t expect one if you’re reading this!)

Of course, the characters are complex, the back stories and plot itself surprising, and overall the writing compelling. Because of all these things while this book may not be for everyone, I enjoyed it. 


Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: January 1, 2013

Price: $17.99

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