11 March 2013

{Book Review} Teeth

By: Me My Shelf And I | 11 March 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | | |

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Teeth
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Rating: 5 + Birds

A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Breakand Gone, Gone, Gone.
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.


Holy. Shit.

Alright, I don’t normally start my reviews swearing, but not all the books I review are like TEETH. In fact, no book I have ever read is like TEETH. And let me tell you how ridiculously happy I am for that.

I went in to this book with a little trepidation. Not gonna lie. See, what I knew about TEETH going in was very little, but just enough….I knew it was about a magical fishboy who was gay. I knew this fishboy was tortured by fisherman in various ways. And I knew that the book was dark and twisted.

But I also knew it was written by Hannah Moskowitz, and this trumped everything else. I love her voice and the way she presents her characters in her books. I love her “no bullshit” approach to what needs to be said and when, and I LOVE, LOVE that she get’s to write these (albeit) weird and creepy little books and that I get to read them!

TEETH is rough, vulgar and heartbreaking. If you don’t like cussing, don’t read this book. Because I am pretty sure the F-Bomb is dropped a minimum of 48 times in as many pages. It’s not just gratuitous swearing for the hell of it, it has it’s place, it’s role in the book. It belongs.

The characters are real, tangible even. Their problems are your problems, well in the grand scheme of things anyway. Love, relationships, family, death, illness. For me to say a book about a gay fishboy is 100% relatable for just about everyone, probably sounds like the craziest thing in the world. But this my friends is the beauty and genius that is one, Miss Hannah Moskowitz.

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4 comments:

  1. eek! You've just made me want to read this even more, Thanks for the awesome review!

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    1. Thank you for stopping into read it. I really loved this book. I was sad taking it back to the library today! I'm going to have to buy a copy!!!

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  2. Awesome review! This book was amazing, like - wow. I adore Hannah and have read everything she's published (plus her sparkly fairy prostitute book as a beta) and this was definitely up there as possible favorite. It made me sad it was over but I was still left with a smile on my face. It was beautiful & magical. :)

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  3. Awesome review! My dad is convinced that this book is about vampires, even though I've told him otherwise...Can't wait to read this! It looks amazing!

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