Saturday, December 15, 2012

Review: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Title: Teeth
Author: Hannah Moskowitz 
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Source: For Review

My Rating: fullfullBlankBlankBlank
A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Break and 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. (taken from
Once again, I was ecstatic to receive this book for review simply because of the raving reviews I'd seen posted all over the blogosphere. Plus, I've always had an obsession with merfolk related tales. The cover itself hints at a story full of originality and mystery. How could I not want to get my hands on this one? 

As I was reading, I realized this book wasn't what I thought it was. I didn't know beforehand that this book centered on a gay relationship, but that wasn't the reason I disliked it. Mostly I didn't enjoy it because it was strange and depressing. While Teeth may look similar to a merman, he is more like Frankenstein's creation than a mythological being. His life is so sad to read about.

Parts of the novel were, to me, plain disturbing. This is a bit of a spoiler, but the way Teeth's mother was impregnated had me shuddering while I read. So much of the book is unnatural and weird. In some ways, it's more of a science fiction novel than anything else. 

I know that I'm mostly alone in my thoughts on this book. The majority of the reviews I've seen rave endlessly about this book's story and characters. It's not even like I have that many points to criticize- I just didn't like it. Like some people don't enjoy a fantasy novel or dislike romances, I just didn't enjoy reading this book. As a result, it scored rather low on my rating chart. 

And then Teeth screams really hideously, and Dylan has his face buried in my neck, and I start crying, so hard that I can't even believe it, and my five-year-old brother is holding me and telling me don't cry, it's okay, it was just a dream, you're awake now. And I can't stop crying for anything in the world right then. And I can't let go of him. Nothing could make me let go of that kid. The house could fall into the sea and crush everybody and we could go underwater and I would hold him the whole time.