“It was hard to pour endless love into someone who wouldn’t love you back. No one could do it forever” ~Baby Teeth
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage: 4/5 Stars
She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.
She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.
Another review! Once again I was given a free e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 🙂 A very long overdue, honest review haha. I’m sorry all my NetGalley reviews are super behind! I’m gonna keep this review spoiler-free as well.
Honestly, I found this book to be really good. I found the writing style to be very good and interesting. It kept me intrigued and engaged in the book. I also thought the characters were built so beautifully. The characters and their stories kept me going because I felt so attached to them. I loved Suzzette and Alex together and how they seemed like such a perfect family except for their daughter. Hanna could seem like such a normal little girl until you saw who she really was.
I found myself longing for them to be the good family they wanted to be an deserved to be. I found myself despising Hanna and also feeling bad for her at times haha. It was so crazy the emotional roller coaster this book took me on.
I really loved how the scene juts unfolded and I was shocked about the ending. I wasn’t really sure how the book was gonna end, but I figured it would be something dark and probably even gruesome. So, I was kinda happy with how the book ended, but also not because it left me wanting more haha. As far as I know, there isn’t a second book and there won’t be one so if you don’t like books that end in cliffhangers then you won’t like this one.
I thought this book was pretty dark and kind of creepy. It wasn’t what I thought it would be necessarily, but it wasn’t bad either. I was kind of hoping it would be creepy in a paranormal sense, but it was creepy in more of a malicious sense. Which, isn’t bad. Hanna was definitely a dark and strange child and I loved that we got to hear her thoughts. I really liked that it’s told from both their perspectives. I think that’s what made the book seem deeper because you got to see how this affected both Hanna and Suzzette.
I don’t know if I like the title of this book though. I’m sure if I think hard enough I can make up some type of symbolism for it, but I just feel like the title is strange? Maybe that’s not the best word for it, but I can’t think of how to describe it. I feel like I kind of understand what the title means and how it relates to the book, but I feel like there could have been a better title. However, that’s not really that important anyway…it was just a thought of something I wasn’t a fan of, because other than that I didn’t have anything else I didn’t like about the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of dark or psychological thriller type novels. I enjoyed this book and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too…some people said it seemed boring but to each their own. Maybe give it a shot. 🙂 See what you think.
I hope y’all enjoyed this short review. Have a great day! Also, I’m sorry I’m uploading this late!!!