Saturday, February 2, 2013

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz


Published: Jan 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 288
Copy Provided by: Publisher
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

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.

Review:

I was interested in reading this title because I recognized the author from other books that have been on my TBR list for awhile.  When you first glance at the cover, it looks interesting and simple but as the story progresses, you begin to understand the meaning behind the fishskin and hooks.

Teeth is a novel that I struggled with a little.  About 1/2 through I was beginning to become disinterested and was wondering what the plot of the story was.  However, things took a turn (as they often do) and the story gained depth.  Its a novel about an unusual friendship, self-discovery and two boys struggling to find their identities.  Teenaged boys could identify with the main character, Rudy.  He is dragged by his family to a new place where there are few people his own age and starts to become invisible to his family as they make huge life changes for Rudy's younger brother.  This would make an excellent ISU or book report title as there are a lot of themes to draw from Teeth.    It's a little bit edgy, angry and raw.  The subject matter is for an older audience. I do not recommend it for pre-teens and there is plenty of language.  Rudy is an angsty young teenage boy and his bluntness and language exhibits this.  


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