Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Genre: Magical realsim
Summary from Goodreads- Magic gay fish. (Just kidding)
Summary from Goodreads- 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.
Hannah Moskowitz’s Teeth is the perfect combination of dark, twisty, magical, disturbing goodness. She writes with a starkly lyrical style that I love, creating a mysterious, lush world I didn’t want to leave. This may be a mermaid book, but it’s not all romantic and pretty-people-with-tails like you might expect from that label. Both Rudy and Teeth are wonderfully complex characters, by turns sympathetic and monstrous. Their loneliness, anger, and fear bind them together in friendship in a deep way I don’t think I’ve ever seen in YA lit. Ultimately, Teeth is a story about loneliness, fear, love, and friendship, and how those things change how we see ourselves and the world, and, sometimes, how they can turn us into monsters.