Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Published: January 1st 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Synopsis: 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.
Here’s a quick introduction to my naivety, I’m sitting in the most monotone, sleep inducing class so I pull out a random book I don’t think I would really like. Hours later I’m finished with the book despite the homework I have yet to do or that exam tomorrow, crying and beating my head against the desk wondering how Hannah Moskowitz has so securely taken hold of my heart.
I’m propelled into a state of “I MUST HAVE ALL HER BOOKS OR WRITING SIMILAR TO THIS” but I can’t find anything that satisfies my need for more Hannah and all her books I’ve ordered are slowly coming through snail mail so I’m now in a slump and grieving. Yes, I love her writing style. It’s beautiful and gritty and intense and so raw that I ache thinking of Teeth and what it’s done to me.
Visually, this is how I felt reading Teeth:
I love the characters, there’s just something so heartbreakingly flawed about them and the writing only makes me feel so much more for their experiences. I felt this spectrum of emotions for Rudy and Teeth that I’ve haven’t for a long time while reading; frustration, sadness, joy, longing, hope. Although this book is fantasy and it was so very weird at times, like what is this fuckery, there’s a heavy dose of reality that was beautifully portrayed. The realness of the characters was intoxicating.
The book didn’t just focus on the relationship between Rudy and Teeth but it was somehow about everything. Hannah Moskowitz created this surreal world on that island, a place that’s relaxing, wonderfully lazy and mysteriously magical but there’s also this darkness and moody atmosphere that adds to the unease you feel while reading.
It’s not that nice things don’t happen, they do, there are funny moments and touching scenes but Teeth is also disturbing and shocking and that ending just about killed me inside. It’s one of those things I can never bring myself to love but it’s fitting and impactful and it had me reeling.
At times the book was overwhelming in its strangeness and it’s not something that everyone will enjoy but keep an open mind and go with the flow of the story. You might love what you read and when you finish be sure to find someone/ something to hug and a comfortable place to curl up and sleep that ache off.