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.
This book is… it’s…
Supercali… okay, so I don’t know how to spell this, and I’m still hungover from last night, but I wanted the first thing I really did in 2013 to set the tone for the next 364 days, and the best thing for me is reviewing a Hannah Moskowitz novel.
And what a novel!
Like, seriously, I can’t even… really, I can’t even… there are so many ways in which I can’t even that I doubt at my ability to even right now.
I got the arc for this from Edelweiss months ago, but didn’t bring myself to write my thoughts, partly because of the book’s release date (TODAY!) but also because “Teeth” escapes definition.
Here’s the thing - Teeth is not an easy novel. At all. It’s gritty, dark, seriously fucked-up at times (and I love you Hannah, but at times my face was all “WTF is going on here!”) and it may require a strong stomach.
At the same time, however, it’s an honest story. While the plot revolves around the mysterious fishboy and Rudy’s discovery of the mystery of his origins, at the heart of “Teeth” lies the question about love, and what would you really do for your loved ones when your back is against the wall.
Really against the wall.
The answer is not a pretty one, but it’s honest. Sometimes we act selfishly, even when a loved one’s in need of us. Sometimes the people that are supposed to love us hurt us the most. And the sad thing is that this particular aspect sets “Teeth” apart from… well, nearly every book I’ve read in 2012.
“Teeth” is an ambitious, heartbreaking, complex story. And I personally think it’s a must read for 2013.
Note: A copy of this novel was provided by the publishers via Edelweiss. Image and synopsis via Goodreads.