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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,480 ratings  ·  397 reviews
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 oc
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Kat Kennedy
I make no secret of the fact that I love Moskowitz’s work with the power of a thousand Beiber fans except I don’t need to suspend my disbelief in Moskowitz’s ability.

Teeth is a heartbreaking novel about a lonely boy and an even lonelier magic fish boy. On an island there is a secret. The fish there are magic and they can keep you alive from even the most serious illness. Rudy moves there with his family for is brother’s sake, but things aren’t as simple as they seem when he meets Teeth.

As I’ve c
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Hannah
May 12, 2012 Hannah added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book. I like its playlist the best.

I totally support your right to refer to it as magicgayfish forever and ever.

1) The Island--The Decemberists
2) A Sea Chanty of Sorts--Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
3) Human--The Killers
4) I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked--Ida Maria
5) Soul Meets Body--Death Cab for Cutie
6) Boys Keep Swinging--David Bowie
7) Skin and Bones--Motion City Soundtrack
8) You Must Be Out of Your Mind--The Magnetic Fields
9) History Lesson--Motion City Soundtrac
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
With Teeth, you have two choices: you can either read it, or someone can hit you over the head with it. The end result will be the same: you will end up bewildered and wincing in pain.

Rudy’s family just moved to a remote island, hoping the magic fish Enki would cure his little brother of cystic fibrosis. As much as he loves his brother Dylan, Rudy is desperately lonely and bored out of his mind – until he meets Teeth, half-human-half-fish boy with whom he starts a tentative friendship.

This fish
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sunset shimmer
This review is also available over at my blog.

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Hannah Moskowitz.

You know, I would kill to be able to write like you do. Like, literally. I would partake in the act of murdering another human being, if doing so will allow me to be as talented as you are.

I busted my ass to get this book. I can't even count the times my requests were declined, but I kept on requesting, just so Simon & Schuster could really see how desperate I was to read this damn book. Trust me, afte
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Keertana
Can you hear that? It's the sound of tiny shards of glass blowing away in the wind. You know what those shards of glass used to be before I picked up this book? My heart. Yes, this book destroyed my heart and didn't patch it up, but I would give my heart to Hannah Moskowitz all over again to have it thus broken if it meant I got to read such beautiful books. I am a masochist at times, I know.

Teeth is unlike anything I've read before or am ever likely to read in the future - and I'm glad. I doub
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Lisa
Initial reaction after finishing this book:

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"They're my reason to be here. They're my battle, you know?" He looks at me with a little smile. "And it's not like they can do anything I can't handle. I always win. I'm the hero."


Three things before I begin:
1)This is the first book I've read by this author. I've heard people praise her and from what I've seen on goodreads, she seems like an awesome human being. So when I saw this on Edelweiss, I decided to request it. I didn't think I'd get approved
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Kristalia
Final rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★



How long are people willing to ignore the things that happen around them, to people around them, before they finally react to it? How long will you let something repeat and repeat before you choose to do something about it, with knowledge you could have stopped it?
I guess this was the point of this story. This book is one wreck of emotions - it really messes up with feelings. But how can something so sad be in the same time funny as well? I swear this book is wonder
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Giselle
This has to be one of the oddest books I've ever read, ever! Having read Gone Gone Gone by Hannah, I knew her writing was brilliant, her words are some that will enrapture you one hundred percent, and her stories are filled with genuine emotion. Teeth is no exception. We embark on an extraordinary tale of love and loneliness, with characters that are both fantastically bizarre, and incredibly charismatic.

Having moved on this island to help heal his brother's illness, Rudy is being crushed by th
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Rose
Aug 29, 2012 Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like dark YA fairytales with good characterization and bits of humor
Initial thoughts: It's really a rare treat when you come across a book whose characters leap from the page and find their way into your brain and heart at the same time. For me, Rudy and Teeth became so much more than mere characters in my experience reading Hannah Mosokowitz's "Teeth". They became personalities whom I wanted to know, whom I laughed thoroughly at their respective quirks and actually cried when they were faced with some immeasurable tragedies. The bond between the boys, to me, wa ...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
December 14th, 2013 edit:

Its been a WHILE since I have written a review, so here we go...

Moskowitz has a way of writing books that leave you amazed, hunted,shocked,heartbroken...and in love. This is the first time I have read any books by her and I wanted to give it a try.

When I finished reading Teeth I was like:
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Teeth is about a boy named Rudy who has moved to an island full of magical fish that can cure any diseases. The reason why is because his brother has a disease. His life so far
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Scarlet
-----Immediate Reaction-----

Teeth is brilliant in many ways. I know, because I'm struggling to hold back tears even as I write this, and a part of me wishes this were a fairy-tale so that everyone could ride off (view spoiler) into the sunset together.

But Teeth is not a fairy-tale. And while I see the brilliance of this book, I simply couldn't connect with it enough to actually let the awesomeness sink in.

I guess this is one of those it's-not-you-it's-me incidents. M
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Anna  (Bananas!)
I don't even know what to rate this. I hate it and love it at the same time. It's unconventional. Unique. Special. Funny. Annoying. Sweet. Poignant. Silly. Horrifying. Touching.

The ending wasn't at all what I expected, somehow completely undramatic and heartbreaking at the same time. I feel...frustrated. I want to scream at this book but it wouldn't listen.

I have to give it four stars. Any book that has me this twisted up deserves at least four, but I am not happy with you, Hannah Moskowitz. T
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Heidi
Two stars: A strange book that is full of metaphorical ideas.

Rudy runs to the market, bare footed through the cold wet sand. He is uncertain as to why he refuses to wear shoes, he just does not want them on his feet. His shoeless attire probably is a reflection of the major changes that he has undergone over the last few months. Rudy and his family moved to this small secluded island looking for a magical cure for his five year old brother, Dylan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Living in the
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Lottie Eve
Teeth is a novel that lingers in one’s mind. A novel with sincere emotion that will grip your heart and never let go. This makes is a very brutal read. It made my heart feel heavy with sadness and longing. I wouldn’t call this a romantic story like the synopsis says but I would call it a gritty story that is filled with emotion and memorable characters.

Teeth is a story about a lonely boy’s discovery of a lonely fishboy on a remote island that is rumored to be the place where life-giving fish lur
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Thomas
3.5 stars

Rudy's younger brother, Dylan, has cystic fibrosis. In a last-ditch effort to save Dylan's life, Rudy and his family move to a remote island where the fish are known to have healing qualities. Rudy suffers his angst alone until he meets Diana, the only other human adolescent on the island, and Teeth, the only non-human adolescent he's encountered... ever. Rudy and Teeth develop a strange and electric bond, but Rudy soon learns that all miracles come at a price - especially the one invol
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Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
I have written and rewritten this review so many times in order to try and capture every feeling and thought floating around in my head but I can't. I don't think it's possible to convey these feelings to anyone until mankind finds out how to do Vulcan mind melds or something of the like.

Hannah Moskowitz is an author whose books I usually love if I can get through them. But, I only very rarely get through them. It's definitely an "it's not you, it's me" sort of situation. I usually pick her book
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Ceilidh
Available to read as part of Contemporary YA Appreciation Week on The Book Lantern.


I know many people will be looking at the synopsis then at the title and wondering one of two things: One, “But Ceilidh, that doesn’t sound very realistic”, or Two, “I knew fish-boys were real! Weekly World News was right again! Now we need to get Obama’s real birth certificate!” I understand these concerns, and am concerned for some of you in return, and I hope this review can put your mind at ease.

Like many an
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Bookwatcher
Feb 02, 2013 Bookwatcher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brave readers.... This book will break your heart
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Anna (Bananas!)
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! *shout from the rooftops*
I loved this book
NO I HATE IT
No I loved it
NO I HATE IT

Can't write review now... DAMMIT. I want to cry :(
Nancy
This is one of the weirdest books I have read. I give it two stars only because I finished it. For me, it was a one star read. I finished it and thought, "What the crap was that?" I wanted it to make sense. I think that metaphorically, Teeth could be a representation of the way a gay teenager feels cut off from society and loses his identity. He was cast outby his mother who had questionable sexual habits herself, but his conception was just plain weird. I did not understand the point of Diana b ...more
Anna 光 Smyth
This.Book.
I can't even..
I feel like someone crashed my heart into pieces.
I started crying halfway through it and I haven't stopped.

There aren't enough emotional gifs or words to describe what I'm feeling now.









Morgan F
It has been months since I have written a review, but this book deserves it.

If you are interested in reading this book simply because you heard it is about a gay mermaid, you are in for a treat. I first read Hannah Moscowitz's book Invincible Summer two years ago, and it left me stunned and awed. Her writing was powerful, edgy, and raw, and her characters were all complicated little beings, bursting with faults and quirks and all the little things that make us human. I am truly happy to say Tee
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Laura (Boundless Bindings)
Holy tartar sauce...I'm blown away!

This book was so different than anything out there in the YA world right now and that was one of the things I loved most about it. This story was so sad, lonely, and irresistible that I finished it in just three hours. I couldn't put this book down!

I loved all of the characters involved, but Rudy is definitely my favorite. I can happily add him to my top lost of favorite literary male characters ever. Hannah has the thoughts and emotions of a teenage boy down p
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Teeth has acquainted me with the kind of pain that decapitates your tear ducts and overrides your faux-heart, essentially crippling the motherboard, thus turning you into a real human girl and then smashing and squelching the real heart that you managed to acquire. This is probably the first time I wanted to cry and I couldn't. But fuck the duck did I want to!

This one is a dark and tender novel with small kernels of wonder and delight embedded in it. It is about sad, sad people: loner, lonelier
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Elle (Ligia)
[Oh my god. This is the longest review in history! And there’s so much I’m leaving out! O.o]

I went into this book pretty much blind, I didn’t really know what to expect. I hadn’t read any review before I requested this book from Edelweiss; I was going by the description, which didn’t give much away, not much of what the book is actually about, not really. But then my request got accepted (which surprised me a lot, by the way) and I just dove right into it. I didn’t want to spoil myself by readin
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the golden witch.
I'll admit that at first I was more than a bit hesitant about this title - it's been getting such mixed reviews, and I was afraid of getting my hopes up like I had with other YA titles for this year so far and being disappointed.

I was not disappointed. My feels got their feels kicked in their feels and it hurt like hell, but folks, I was NOT disappointed.

There's so much I want to talk about in this review, and so little space, so I'll get started. Basically, if you want to be grossed out, have y
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Kitty
WARNING FOR SEX STUFF

Or "Teeth - a love story". \8D/


Before I get really started, I feel like it's necessary to tell anyone looking to pick up this book that it has some of the most brutal rape scenes I've ever read in a teen book. EVER. While I have my own feelings and opinions about this (good that the author doesn't shy away from showing how horrible the act can be, no attempt to romanticize or subvert it) I think there needs to be a trigger warning for some readers. There is one particular sc
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Tania
"And for a minute I'm warm. And I'm really not thinking about anything but Dylan, because he isn't some abstract concept anymore. He's this smile and these hands on my cheeks. Dylan."

I don't know what to say about this book. I've never read anything like it. It was very weird and strangely wonderful. When I told people about the story, everyone said that sounds ridiculous and silly, and if it wasn't for Hannah Moskowitz breathtaking way with words it would be. I loved this dark fairytale about l
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Angela (:
I have no words to describe how much I love this book.

It was freaking brilliant.





Review to come. ♥

***

I HAVE IT.


Bonnie
Dec 17, 2012 Bonnie marked it as dnf
Just not feeling this one. At all. Will come back to at a later date.
Mel
May 09, 2012 Mel marked it as to-read
Gay magic man-fish? SIGN ME UP!!!
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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. She was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and her book GONE, GONE, GONE won a Stonewall Honor in 2013. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013, and now lives in Ne ...more
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“If this were a fairy tale, this would be the part where the fishboy appears and Diana shoots him through the heart. Because he is a tragic hero, he's our fucking Gatsby, and he lived for his fish and he has to die for his fish. He would never let my fake authority, condoning his abandonment, making up rules about what's okay just to save his life, convince him to give up his family. He would never leave.
He would know that without him, none of us will be as good. Me, without a friend; and the fish, without a brother; and the island, without a story; and Diana, without her something real, we will all be a little bit less than we were before we knew him.
So he wouldn't leave. Not until I could come with him. And I have never been less able to leave than I am now.
But this isn't a fairy tale, and he doesn't appear. We stand here for a long time.
He really left.
Because it was all that we could do.”
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“I could totally be a . . .
whatever.”
“Sailor?”
“On a boat?”
“Yep.”
“Yeah.” He’ll sigh all wistfully. “I could be a sailor. But I’m too busy being a fish.”
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