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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  76 reviews

Eleanor has not seen or spoken with her family in years, not since they sent her away to Saint Brigid's boarding school. She knows them only as vague memories: her grandfather's tremendous fanged snout, the barrel full of
Hardcover, 226 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by FSG
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is bizarre, ultra disturbing, mind shattering, shocking!

After seeing this impressively beautiful but also extremely terrifying cover that gives you churning stomach, shaking hands, flabbergasted mental state : you truly expect something evil comes out to haunt you down!

You’re not mistaken my friends, this book froze my blood, I keep trembling since I read the impactful prologue! Somebody has wider teeth to create a true bloody massacre!

This book is creepier than entire Tim Burton movies
Sep 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
oh, this looks and sounds kinda perfect

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Tricia Levenseller
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I should read more horror, because I really enjoy it. And this one was fabulous! Don’t miss it when it releases next year!
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
give me all the diverse gothic books

May 23, 2020 marked it as must-read  ·  review of another edition
*throws money down aggressively*
An eery gothic experience, Szabo weaves an unsettling story of generational evils, grotesque people and actions, and the ones we let in our lives. It's horror, but Lite. There are many reasons to read this, but the atmosphere and setting was the icing on the cake - the Zarrin's secluded house, the surrounding woods, and the family who sent her away. What Big Teeth follows Eleanor returning to her estranged family after a mysterious incident forces her to leave her fancy boarding school. When one ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
DNF @ 39%

I can tell that this one isn't going to be for me, and I don't want to press on just for the purpose of writing a poor review when it could be the perfect read for someone else. My issues mainly lie in the fact that I'm so incredibly confused with what is going on and the purpose behind the story. Hopefully, this gorgeous cover will reel in the reader who will appreciate this book.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
May 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
May 22, 2020: The cover for this YA paranormal has just been revealed and it's the most beautifully terrifying thing ever! ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
... What an utterly bizarre book. Like, without a doubt, probably the oddest thing I've read all year.

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I dipped into this expecting a dark horror, especially given that fabulous cover. However, while the first few pages held some absolute god-tier haunted house imagery, things got weird pretty quick. The best word that comes to mind when I think about this book: kooky. A creepy, kooky, quirky story. Once I figured out that this was more The Addams Family
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an incredibly odd but interesting book.

Eleanor Zarrin runs away from boarding school after an incident with another student and goes home to the family she hasn't seen in years. The Zarrins live in the woods on the edge of a small town where they can run as wolves, do magic, and be uniquely inhuman in safety. Eleanor struggles to fit back into the family with all of its monstrous quirks, especially after she's left feeling responsible for keeping them safe after a death in the family, and r
h o l l i s
This wasn't quite what I was expecting after being hooked by that absolutely incredible cover and then, very quickly after, by the pitch.

I honestly don't quite know what this was. It's such a hodge podge of so many things, and almost feels like twelve different stories in one -- a bizarre mix of everything in the pantry plus the kitchen sink.

Having said that, there is definitely going to be an audience for this. I read this two months early and I already see a lot of advance praise for it. So ta
Jan 13, 2021 marked it as anticipating
i read a preview of this book and now i’m invested. seriously, you’re gonna give me over 90 pages and end it on a cliffhanger, then expect me to wait?

either way, this is written with just the right amount if descriptions for me and has a very...sinister feel to it. it has a lot of build-up to it as well, which i’m always here for.

this is such a good example of a book where you just know you can’t trust anybody. it’s all very weird and yet i’m invested already.

i’d say what big teeth has a lot of
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I originally described this to my boyfriend as “Shirley Jackson meets body horror” and I stand by that, but by the end it was another wild, bizarre, enticing thing entirely and it was amazing. I am not gonna be able to stop thinking about this one for a very long time. It was trippy and gross and eldritch and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. The only reason I didn’t read it in one sitting was because of how badly I wanted to savor the experience of reading it. The writing was
Maegan (
Rating: 1⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for gifting me and arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately I could not finish this book as it was not for me. I found it to be very gruesome and horrid, while also being very confusing. I did not know what was going on at all. The chapters are very long so I feel like a lot of the information got lost in the chapter transitions. I found myself forgetting things that seemed to be important because of all the unnecessary detail.
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I got an eGalley from NetGalley to review.

Story (4/5): This was an odd, but well done, book. Eleanor has spent the last seven years at a boarding school but flees home because of the school. The problem is she doesn't really fit with her really odd family, who are very literally monsters. As she struggles to fit in a disaster happens and, at a loss, she contacts her French grandmother to help. However, her French grandmother is s
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chompy, diverse

Sometimes the monster under the bed…may be you.

When she was little, Eleanor Zarrin was sent away from her violent, monstrous family to live in a boarding school. She doesn’t remember why she was sent away – she only knows that her letters have gone unanswered for years. However, when a very bad thing happens at school, she runs home to the family who may have abandoned her – a family of teeth and claws and a lust for all things flesh.

I loved this story.

I loved it so much that, when I went to bed
Holly Hand Grenade
"She never told me, and I was just a child. Maybe I did something, but I can't remember."

Firstly, great name. Let that name sink in. That name and the cover delivered. What if you came home and didn't know anyone in your family? They were strangers and you didn't even remember why they sent you away to begin with? On top of that: you're all monsters. Like, real monsters.

That's just the beginning. Creating a new mythos including more than just werewolves, this small-town story is more about this
Sep 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
Grandma Persephone?

Dec 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
Can we take a moment to appreciate this cover please???
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent creepy mystery, filled with werewolves, witches and other indescribable things. At its core, the story follows Eleanor, a young woman returning from boarding school to a family that doesn't seem to accept her return. The first third of the story pulls the reader in as Eleanor questions what her family is and her place within it, but the middle slows down just a touch. I got to the point where I was beginning to feel a bit like I was spinning my literary wheels when the story picked up ...more
Sarah Leigh
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is delightfully eerie, and I'm so glad that I had the chance to read this in October as this is definitely a perfect Halloween read. Really, it's a wonderful read for any time of the year, provided you enjoy twisting tales of horror and darkness, of family and magic and change (I certainly do).

At the outset of the novel, Eleanor has not spoken to her family in years. She has been attending a girl's boarding school, run by nuns, which immediately raises questions of why she was sent aw
Excellent, dark and witty. Must read for anyone who loves dark fantasy tales.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I... cannot wait to buy this and read it again and write notes in the margin and linger over my favorite moments. This story is beautiful and made my heart ache, and the gothic tones are done so well the world feels perfectly real and I just wanna climb inside it
Heather Freeman
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhh, this book was so freaking good! I had fairly high hopes from the cover, title, and description, and this book did not disappoint--in fact, with its deep-southern-gothic (despite the northern setting)-meets-playful-YA tone, it was a delight. There are definite Shirley Jackson "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" vibes, coupled with a dash of "Wilder Girls" (particularly the theme of wildness and uncontrollable urges), and a pinch of a traditional YA vampire love story (though this gets muc ...more
Janet Martin
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Eleanor flees her boarding school to go home, she starts to see how strange her family really is. And Eleanor is more than a bit weird herself. Things really get out of hand when her Grandmere comes from France to lend a hand. This book is definitely a walk on the weird side and takes a while to unfold--but weird can often mean wonderful, and this one falls into that category. At heart, it's about family and finding ones own path, no matter the obstacles. I enjoyed this book very much. ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A solid rendering of the the often complicated and nuanced meaning of what makes a family, even when that family has parted ways for reasons unique to them. This is as true in real life for reasons large or ones insignificant and using the conceit of monsters as What Big Teeth does only serve to add another, really engaging layer to this trope that makes it feel unique and interesting and highly readable. A really solid debuty by Rose Szabo that make me anxious to see what they do write next.
Anna Eklund
4.5 stars

What a delicious fever dream of a book!

Review to come!
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: miscarriage, homophobia

What Big Teeth was a book that captivated me with its dangerous and simmering atmosphere. It's a world of death and betrayal and the necessity to be strong, because the weak don't have a tendency to survive. From the very beginning, Eleanor threatens to unravel a family history that will test what she will do to protect herself and the family to the brink.
***I received an uncorrected proof of this ebook from netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

"Somewhere inside of you is a crack. Why don't you try to open it?"✝

What Big Teeth was a wonderfully atmospheric rural gothic. It tells the story of teenage Eleanor returning home to her monstrous family after several years away at boarding school. Szabo takes us on the chilling ride of Eleanor unlocking buried memories and discovering the hidden truth of her family's (and her own) dark history. Th
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