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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,352 ratings  ·  729 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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Jul 12, 2011 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
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
C.G. Drews
This is about gay magical fish and that's basically all the reason you need to read it. WAIT. One more reason: I AM A DEAD MAGICAL MESS RIGHT NOW. The ocean and I are currently twins because of the fact we are damp puddles. I cannnnn't even omg. I mean. I wanted my cold dead heart to melt. So that happened.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START???? Except this is the mermaid book I've always wanted. Well, he's technically a fish. Fishboy. But he still has a fin so it's mermaid appreciation.

The setting
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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 r
☆ Todd
Feb 08, 2014 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
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
shady boots
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, after th
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 co
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 approv
4.5 Stars.................DIVINE!
Loved it. YA. Beautiful prose. Never knew what was coming next. Dark. Fish rape. Mermen. Secrets. Balance of life & death & all that jazz. Magicgayfish. Nearly heartbreaking. An HFN of sorts, but not for whom you would expect.

I would definitely read more by this author. This story reminded me of one I read some while back where fish off the coast of some tiny village iforgetwhere were considered healing.

Had some kissing MF scenes. No sex between the MCs, although
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: spl, lgbtq, 2017, ya
Similar to A.S. King, Moskowitz is an author to watch for YA "eccentric" novels filled with substance. Taking on heavy topics such as sexual abuse, TEETH is a semi-quiet read that leaves an intense impact.

Rudy lives on an island with his family due to their belief of the magic fish that helps his younger brother, Dylan, survive. Dylan has cystic fibrosis & unfortunately these fish are basically his last resort. Feeling isolated from his friends/past life & torn at wanting to help Dylan, Rudy be
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Asghar Abbas
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

So February, huh? The month of February is about ghost stories for me, I don't know why. And oh boy, do the ghosts got stories to tell. I don't know, don't know, so don't ask me why. That's how we are, La Seine and I. 2013. Gone. Sorry, couldn't resist. Even if that song is not over.

This book is not a ghost story but it haunted me. Certainly, Moskowitz's writing is haunting. I am not really sure what this book is, how to put it but that's not what makes it so haunting. It's the fact the book kn
May 12, 2012 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
Jan 16, 2013 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
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ele by: ☆ Todd
“You're absolved," I tell him.
He brings his eyes back up to mine. There's no fucking way he knows what that word means. That's a word I dream someone will say to me.
So I put it in his language.

"You're free.”

Holy amazing writing Batman! I was tricked into reading this book. Sometimes it needs to be that way because I'd never go for it on my own. It's not a book I'd read again or a subgenre I prefer, but it's a book that I enjoyed and won't forget.
Jan 07, 2013 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 (Bananas)
Jan 14, 2013 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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
-----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
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
Holy fucking shit, this book is awful.

No, please, I need one moment. One moment of silence, please, I need to clean up the mess that is my heart and my mind.


Okay, I'm good now. *exhales loudly*

First of all, Miss Hannah, why did you even think that it was a great idea to write this book? I HATE THIS BOOK, IT RUINED ME. WRECKED ME. SHATTERED ME INTO PIECES.

And the worst part of it all is the fact that I like it. A lot. I hate myself. I keep doing this to myself, I hate myself. No, please, let
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
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.

Jan 30, 2013 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 :(
Suki Fleet
This is beautiful and poignant and I want to drown in the writing but (view spoiler) ...more
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.
Sep 02, 2016 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.
Claudie ☜
This book was so weird. I liked it well enough, I guess, but there were moments when I really struggled with it and had to force myself to focus — especially during the first ~50%, before the plot picked up speed. This read like a YA stream of consciousness more than anything else, and I feel like a lot of the metaphors went right over my head. Overall, it wasn’t all bad, just a case of “it’s not the book, it’s me.
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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. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015's NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She ...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.”
“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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