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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,474 Ratings  ·  567 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
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
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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

I wish I could explain why Teeth felt every bit as wonderful this second time around by a mesmerizing world or an action-packed plot. But I can't. This is still the weirdest story I ever read, the hardest book to recommend, but never before was the sensation of being trapped so gut-wrenching. I will always have a little part of my heart left on Magic Island, until it drowns in that fucking ocean, I guess. I'm kinda proud of myself for having written a rev
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
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
This review is also available over at my blog.


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
☆ Todd
Mar 31, 2016 ☆ Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites


This was one of the most fucked up books that I've ever read. And one that I enjoyed more than any other in a very long time.

I loved the 2 fish hooks formed into the shape of a heart on the book cover, with the silver fish scale background. Very fitting for this story, but what the cover pic actually is isn't obvious at first glance. Exactly like the two boys in the story itself.

For 16 year-old Rudy, it was disgust at first sight:
"A fish. A boy. The ugliest thing I have ever s
Final rating: 5/5 stars

I say, “What are you?” too fast for my brain to figure out what a completely shitty thing that is to ask.
But Fishboy just smiles and says, “I’m their dirty secret.”

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 believe this
Initial reaction after finishing this book:


"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
Apr 30, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, paranormal
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
Aug 29, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2015 Heidi rated it it was ok
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
Yaz *The Reading Girl*
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:



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
Anna  (Bananas!)
Jan 31, 2013 Anna (Bananas!) rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy-sci-fi
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
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
I love The Twilight Zone. The stories are always twisty and border on the bizarre. Well, Teeth is like The Twilight Zone on crack and a cocktail of hallucinogenic drugs.

Teeth may seem like a fairy tale, but that's a disguise. We meet Rudy, a teenage boy, who has recently moved with his family to a small island. Rudy's brother, Dylan, is very sick with cystic fibrosis and his only hope is this island. See, the water surrounding this island is the home to magical fish. Anyone who consumes these f
-----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
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
This book is so hard to review.

I believe that some books should be written just to be an exercise to the brain. Teeth is one of these books that constantly makes you think and analyze.

Rudy, the main character, is a teenage boy who moved with his family into a remote island for it holds Enki, a kind of fish that's believed to be a cure to many diseases, and they needed this fish for his brother. He struggles throughout the book with how bored he was until he meets Teeth, a half-human, half-fish b
Jun 03, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it
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
Anna  Smyth
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.

Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I'm sobbing.

The feels. THE FEELS. Better review coming later today.

Review (2/1/16):

This story is just a tragic and weird story that made me feel a lot of sad things. But I loved it. Just a story about a queer teen boy and his love for Teeth, a merman (for lack of better term). There is some heavy shit. Don't read this book expecting happy times. Bring lots of tissues too.
Feb 02, 2013 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing  ·  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 loved it

Can't write review now... DAMMIT. I want to cry :(
Aug 24, 2012 Ceilidh rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 03, 2016 Alia rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
4.5 Stars.

Woah, this book is not what I expected it to be. I've never read anything like it.

Teeth is my first book by Hannah Moskowitz and I loved it so much. It's different, sad and intense. I was trying to find a good book to read when I found this one. I read the first page and then, I couldn't stop reading until I was done with it. I'm happy I found this book, I have a feeling that I won't forget about Teeth for a while.
Morgan F
Jun 11, 2013 Morgan F rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah *on hiatus*
Teeth is a difficult book to summarize. It’s about an island with magical fish, a family desperate to cure their son’s disease… and a fish boy.
And it’s bloody sad.
It’s been so long since I read this novel that I can't write a proper review.
If you want to know more about this, go read Anna's review (who recommended the book to me). It sums up my feelings pretty well, except that I didn't love it quite as much.
Gorgeous writing, real characters and a very compelling story. I should give it a r
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
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
The Twilight Zone meets 70's hallucinating drugs and you get Teeth. This was a crazy engrossing and sad thought provoking book that I could not put down. I was very pleased with it. The characters jump out at you on the paper leaving you thinking about them long after you finish the book. Excellent read!!
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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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 lives in Maryland.
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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.”
“I like books. I thought you liked books."

"Let's be honest, Rudy, books are pornography for brains. All that subtext and bullshit and hidden imagery.”
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