Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Published on July 17, 2018
Baby Teeth….a book that had me cursing under my breath through the entire 304 pages. I mean, seriously, what in the actual f*** is happening here? A seven year old girl who refuses to speak, a mother at her breaking point and a father who is oblivious to the entire situation…
There are a TON of reviews out there that lead me to believe this is a love it or hate it type of story. Seeing as I picked this book up and the next thing I knew it was 9:00 at night, I’m in the “love it” category. Even if I didn’t entirely adore the content, even if I’m not sure the whole premise was believable, even if the author really pushed the envelope….I still couldn’t put the bloody book down.
There is so much to say about this story, about the narratives but words are just right there on the
tip of my tongue no, the edge of my keyboard. Ironic, maybe since the entire story revolves around a little girl who can’t no, won’t form words to express herself. Can a 7-year old really be a psychopath? That seems to be the question on every readers mind. Grab a copy of Baby Teeth and make your own assessment. Just don’t forget, you’ve been warned.
Zoje Stage does a brilliant job of making the reader start to feel empathy for both Hanna and her mother and then quickly lighting it on fire and pouring gasoline on it. The book suggests you’ll start to feel better about your own family…and maybe it will. What it did for me is question what internal thoughts my child might have that she never voices. If that isn’t a psychological mind f***, I don’t know what is.
I’ll leave you with that and quietly excuse myself to utter some more curse words and shake my head in pure defeat.