Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth

Sweetness can be deceptive. Meet Hanna.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.Meet Suzette.She loves her daughter, really, but after yea...

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Baby Teeth Reviews

  • Crumb

    This is going to be one of the most controversial books of the year. It has generated a whole lot of buzz on social media and has garnered tons of reviews here on Goodreads. Whether you hate it or you love it,

    . So, you may as well read the book and see what the big deal is, right?

    This is going to be one of the most controversial books of the year. It has generated a whole lot of buzz on social media and has garnered tons of reviews here on Goodreads. Whether you hate it or you love it,

    . So, you may as well read the book and see what the big deal is, right?

    These are the questions that Suzette faces day in and day out. Her daughter is not her bouncy, red-cheeked little baby anymore. Her daughter, Hanna, is now a monster, a devil.

    The more alarming Hanna’s behavior becomes, the more sophisticated Hanna becomes at the art of manipulating her father, or as she likes to call him, her daddy. Her father is blind to Hanna’s cruelty and tricks. Hanna wants her daddy all to herself.

    As the house starts to become increasingly volatile and claustrophobic, Suzette begins to wonder if she will ever feel safe in her own house, alone with her “baby daughter.”

    . This book will surely be controversial and will likely be the subject of many heated debates among book clubs everywhere. I happened to love this book, but I recognize that this book isn’t for everyone. However, that’s why books are so special.

    . I can’t imagine what Stage will turn out next, but, what I do know is, I will be the first in line!

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    One of my favoritest thing in the world to read about!

    When my

    found the synopsis for this book, we knew we had found one that our little shriveled hearts would adore. So I'm deeply thankful for her begging on my part to get my grubby hands on a copy of this one.

    Hannah loves her Daddy. He spoils her even if she doesn't say a word. She gets kicked out of all the preschools and the doctor's can't find anything wrong with her. She is still her Daddy's girl though and t

    One of my favoritest thing in the world to read about!

    When my

    found the synopsis for this book, we knew we had found one that our little shriveled hearts would adore. So I'm deeply thankful for her begging on my part to get my grubby hands on a copy of this one.

    Hannah loves her Daddy. He spoils her even if she doesn't say a word. She gets kicked out of all the preschools and the doctor's can't find anything wrong with her. She is still her Daddy's girl though and that would be even better if that stupid Mommy was not in the way.

    Suzanne tries her hardest to be the mom that she never had herself. Her health problems have made her doubt herself but now she has that perfect marriage with a dream child. Except that dream child is starting to really freak her out.

    This book takes you down a dark hole into a disfunctional family that might make you appreciate Aunt Bernice farting at the dinner table. Imagine if your child was showing signs of the full on cray-cray? You can't win. You might want to pick up your stuff and leave (in this case) stupid butt husband...but it's still your kid!

    *would have packed bags anyways*

    PS This book is on Netgalley as of 1/20/18 if you guys want to run and try and grab it.

  • Deanna

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    OH MY ….

    I have no words.

    HA! Yeah right!!

    Hanna LOVES her Daddy. Her Mommy?

    Not so much….

    This first thing I’m going to say about “Baby Teeth” is that it

    . And that’s OKAY! I’m not going to judge anyone for liking it OR not liking it. It’s a fiction book!

    It does clearly say in the description:

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    OH MY ….

    I have no words.

    HA! Yeah right!!

    Hanna LOVES her Daddy. Her Mommy?

    Not so much….

    This first thing I’m going to say about “Baby Teeth” is that it

    . And that’s OKAY! I’m not going to judge anyone for liking it OR not liking it. It’s a fiction book!

    It does clearly say in the description:

    A book about a child wanting to kill their mother is not going to be light suspense…it’s likely going to be an uncomfortable read. So I knew what I was getting into…. for the most part.

    The book opens with Hanna at the hospital having a CT scan. It’s not her first. There have been many tests.

    You see….Hanna doesn’t speak.

    Hanna knows how much Mommy wants her to talk.

    Is Hanna choosing not to talk?

    Hanna’s favorite game is “Scare Mommy” and she likes to make special projects for Mommy too. VERY special.

    WOW! I have such conflicting emotions about this one!

    Imagine having someone who you expect will love you, not love you. And not only do they not love you? They LOATHE you.

    They wish you didn’t exist….

    The story is told from Hanna and Suzette’s alternating perspectives. There are some terrifying and dysfunctional scenes in this book. I haven’t read “The Dinner” or “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (books that this has been compared to) so I wouldn’t know how it stacks up against them.

    “Baby Teeth” seems to be in its own league. A ball of darkness and wickedness that will make you squirm. I couldn’t put this sucker down. I read it in two sittings and honestly, when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it.

    I wondered if a seven-year-old was capable of some of the acts committed. Could a child be that diabolical and manipulative? I think this is one of those books that if you look at it closely, yes you will probably see a lot of things that push the believability envelope…right off the table. However, it ended up not mattering if things were all possible or believable…. I was pulled right into the story.

    As I said earlier, this book won’t be for everyone. I do wonder if it would fit more into the horror genre. I found it diabolical and creepy and I’m really glad I read it. “Baby Teeth” is definitely a book I won’t soon forget. I’m very curious to see what Zoje Stage is going to come up with next.

    Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • karen

    this is the story of a seven-year-old girl named hanna who loves her daddy SO MUCH that she doesn’t want anyone else taking up any of his time or attention. so, obviously, her mom’s gotta go. like, go in a “not be breathing anymore” way.

    in what is either a chilling declaration of intent or a genius marketing strategy, the author has dedicated this book to her father, which cracked me up.

    because that’s the best way

    this is the story of a seven-year-old girl named hanna who loves her daddy SO MUCH that she doesn’t want anyone else taking up any of his time or attention. so, obviously, her mom’s gotta go. like, go in a “not be breathing anymore” way.

    in what is either a chilling declaration of intent or a genius marketing strategy, the author has dedicated this book to her father, which cracked me up.

    because that’s the best way to appreciate this book, as the blackest comedy center wrapped up in a thin horror candyskin. it’s compared to

    , which i haven’t read, and

    , which i have read and did not like, but i’m not sure these books are all playing to the same crowd. because while, yes, they all have “kids doing reprehensible things” at their center, it’s carried out in different angles of approach. there’s a world of difference between

    and gus van sant’s

    , even though they hold hands over the “kids do the murderyest things” campfire.

    , from what i understand, is an earnest attempt to understand what drives a child to orchestrate a school shooting, an exploration of parental guilt and culpability.

    is just nihilism on parade where everything is shitty in different ways and who even cares about anything? whereas this book has the following note-to-self:

    it’s not a fun campy romp, but it’s also not an incisive psychological examination of sociopathy. it’s a back-and-forth POV between an exhausted, reluctant mother and a deeply manipulative little girl whose refusal to speak, although she does not lack the physical means, is at the center of their rift. each is frustrated by their inability to communicate, to be understood, trapped in the house with each other all day in a silent battle of wills, until daddy comes home with his smiles and his loving indulgence of hanna’s silence, seemingly inexhaustible because he only has to trot it our for an hour or two a day. fuck

    guy, basically.

    it’s a strong, if somewhat predictable, offering in the “creepy kids” genre. hanna is perfectly menacing, and her voice and reasoning skills are usually appropriate to her age,

    but there are a few moments that seem a little too much for a seven-year-old:

    the more childish the voice, the creepier it is.

    suzette is a great dramatic counterpoint to hanna, and since the “creepy kid” is the constant in books like this, it is the parent’s reactions that determine where the book goes, so it’s all on her. which is a pretty constant theme in the book, along with parental breaking points.

    we do get insight into how this mother-daughter relationship has soured; the contributing misunderstandings, resentments, the unfulfilled hopes, plus suzette’s own poor excuse for a maternal role model and a life narrowed by illness in which she basically went from sickbed to marriage bed, so is more dependent on her husband than is seemly:

    but really, this is all about a tiny monster, the people who love her, and why they totally should not.

    fun creepy fun.

  • Berit☀️✨

    *** I am updating my rating to a solid 4 Stars for the following reasons....

    • I read this book in February and it has stayed with me over the last six months and as much as I read that absolutely says something!

    • I allowed other peoples opinions to sway my own when it came to this book, and that was not fair to the book or to the author!

    *** I still stand by every word in my review, this was a very compelling and engaging read for ME!

    I believe I’m going to bust out my com

    *** I am updating my rating to a solid 4 Stars for the following reasons....

    • I read this book in February and it has stayed with me over the last six months and as much as I read that absolutely says something!

    • I allowed other peoples opinions to sway my own when it came to this book, and that was not fair to the book or to the author!

    *** I still stand by every word in my review, this was a very compelling and engaging read for ME!

    I believe I’m going to bust out my complement sandwich for this review... as a refresher a complement sandwich is good/bad/good.... so in short the bad is sandwiched in between the good..... I also want to make it very clear that I read this with a group and I was in the true minority on this.... so the opinions in this review are absolutely my own and my review should be read with the understanding that this book is unquestionably not for everybody....

    This book is about Hannah a seven-year-old who has some pretty major issues.... one of them being the fact that she wants to get rid of her mother.... for good....Suzette is an exhausted mother at the end of her rope, what has she done to deserve this child? As a mother I would love to believe that I would do all the right things in this situation, but next to Hana my children are absolute perfection (just don’t tell them that)..... I felt the author did a good job in the portrayal of the parents the overly stressed out mother and the oblivious father.... and the tension this would put on a relationship when Dad chooses to pretend that daughter is perfectly normal and mom wants to pull her hair out....

    Now to the meat of the sandwich, the problems I had with this book.... hannah’s age was probably my biggest problem, I just found it very unbelievable that a child of her age was able to have the thought process and knowledge that she did no matter how gifted she was..... this I believe leads to the real problem if Hannah were 12(The age I believe A character who acted as she did was more apt to be) then she probably would have already been diagnosed and been in some major therapy.... however this also begs the question why was she not in major therapy at seven? Perhaps Alex and Suzette were not parents of the year, but they did take her to see several doctors and I’m not quite sure why more wasn’t done at a younger age? Although if something were done at a younger age we would not have had this book.... so perhaps that is the reason....

    This was a quick page turning red that probably would be better classified as horror..... and if this is a genre you stay away from I’d definitely recommend staying away from this book.... this is a book that you can’t say you liked it, but I will say I appreciated it.... it definitely made me think, what would I do if I were this mother? And I believe sometimes it is hard not to judge in this situation, but I am a firm believer that unless you have walked in somebody’s shoes you really have no idea what is going on in their life and that’s kind of how I looked at this book....

    So I’m going to take the easy way out and neither recommend this book or not recommend this book.... I’m going to leave it up to you, because this book evoked some pretty seriously strong reactions in people.... so if you choose to read it, read it knowing there is some disturbing content and it is 100% not for everybody....

    *** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

  • Debra

    Baby Teeth is a "psychological" thriller focusing on a dysfunctional family and their child with disturbing behavior. Alex, the father, does not want to see or believe that his daughter has behavioral/emotional problems. His daughter behaves around him, she is loving and, although she does not speak, she has her own way of communicating with him. Suzette, the Mother, is homeschooling her daughter while dealing with the symptoms of her Crohn's disease. Suzette is the target or her daughter, Hanna

    Baby Teeth is a "psychological" thriller focusing on a dysfunctional family and their child with disturbing behavior. Alex, the father, does not want to see or believe that his daughter has behavioral/emotional problems. His daughter behaves around him, she is loving and, although she does not speak, she has her own way of communicating with him. Suzette, the Mother, is homeschooling her daughter while dealing with the symptoms of her Crohn's disease. Suzette is the target or her daughter, Hanna’s, "bad" behaviors. Hanna begins to speak to her Mother and really wants her father all to herself. She is clever, manipulative, and unwilling to speak. She does not like going to traditional schools and engages in behaviors which result in her leaving the traditional school environment.

    This book is told through POV chapters titled "Suzette" or "Hanna” The reader gets a glimpse into the mind of each. Hanna is the proverbial "bad" seed who acts out and has behaviors which get her into all kinds of trouble. Although she is seven years old, she had thoughts and actions, I would associate with a much older child. While reading the book, I kept waiting for the light bulb to go off over Alex's head and for him to finally "see the light". Suzette, being the target of most of her daughter's bad behaviors, struggles with feelings ranging from wanting to help her daughter, fearing her child, and wanting to not have to deal with her child anymore.

    For me this book was a solid 3 stars. I thought of the movie, "The Good Son" while reading this book. Hanna has "evil" thoughts and is perhaps mentally ill. I won’t say more about the family or their family dynamic. Hanna is creepy, and this book is a fast read but most of the actions felt "gratuitous" and there for shock value to move the story along. There are a lot of negative behaviors, actions and thoughts in this book that it almost became too much. As characters spiraled out of control, the pace picked up but again things just felt gratuitous. Some may also be turned off by the way Suzette speaks to her child. I get that the Author is trying to show how frustrated Suzette is with her child and how Hanna has pushed Suzette to the breaking point. Still, it may not sit well with some. I would describe this book as good not great. For me there was something missing. Initially I really enjoyed the book but as I read more, I felt a disconnect but still wanted to know how the book was going to end. There was a battle going on and I wanted to see who won - even though no one really wins in these situations.

    I am curious to see what future books this Author writes.

    I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Navidad Thelamour

    So, it’s possible that I’m just too much of a Southerner for this book, but

    absolutely did not work for me. (Well, that's not 100% true: I think the book's title and cover art are

    .) It was just so melodramatic and implausible that I foun

    So, it’s possible that I’m just too much of a Southerner for this book, but

    absolutely did not work for me. (Well, that's not 100% true: I think the book's title and cover art are

    .) It was just so melodramatic and implausible that I found myself doing the deepest of eye rolls on more than one occasion, and turning the page became a harder and harder task the further I got along in this novel.

    The premise of this novel is very simple: A seven-year-old terrorizes her mother but puts on an innocent face for Daddy, driving a wedge between the couple and driving the mom to desperation. Think

    (2009) meets

    (2011). With that out of the way, we can move on to the merits and non-redeeming qualities of this book, shall we?

    One of my pet peeves in fiction is when entire plot lines hinge on implausible circumstances. I heaved this book into that metaphorical pile pretty early on and it will remain there forever.

    was kin to those horror movies where the pretty blonde girl is running through the night in her heels and instead of running outside of the house for safety, she runs upstairs to the collective annoyance of the audience. Like, the plot didn’t make ANY sense! Why, you may ask? Because the entire narrative would have been different if one of two SIMPLE things had happened:

    . That’s why I say I must be too much of a Southerner for this book, because I don’t know anyone, of any color or creed, who would let their kid get away with the things little Hanna got away with – and then

    . Seriously, implausible. And, so weak-willed that I started to really despise Suzette's spinelessness. Spine. Less.

    Aside from the sheer improbability of this story line, it also wasn’t very well-written either. And, there are very few things more unforgivable than that to an avid reader. I mean, yes, there were words strung together in a way that made sense in the English language, but I didn’t feel that there was any remarkable skill on display whatsoever. I didn't feel like I'd stumbled across anything that I would take with me for more than 4 minutes after I turned the final page of that book. It read as a first-time novel for sure, clunky and clumsily done.

    I’ve seen

    listed as a thriller; it wasn’t that at all, but it COULD have been. It probably would have been a much more enjoyable read—cringe-worthy moments in the plot and all—if it had been written from Suzette’s POV only. Then we could have seen her mounting terror and desperation and feel it in a more pure form—the way that she did. But Stage decided to try her hand at writing in a child’s voice via Hanna's chapters and it Did. Not. Work. Honestly, a terrible idea given the level of skill she displayed in this novel. Not only did it take away from the suspense to know exactly what Hanna was going to do next from her POV, but the clunky and inauthentic way in which Stage wrote Hanna made reading her chapters a real chore. Of course, I understand that Stage was attempting to speak simplistically, as a child might, but it didn’t sound anything like a seven-year-old’s way of speech and mannerisms in the slightest. Her editor would have done better to tell her to hold off on that.

    I nearly didn’t finish this book. I found it to be THAT ridiculous with nothing remarkable about the writing style to keep me hooked. But, as we readers often do, I just HAD to trudge on to see if my mind would be magically changed in the end. It wasn’t, though the end result of the book was one of the better parts of the plot, so at least there’s that, right? 2 stars **

    *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, St. Martin's Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Elyse Walters

    READ THIS REVIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK.... SPOILERS +SPOILERS +SPOILERS...

    HOWEVER... I QUIT! I’m throwing in the towel. I’ve read enough...stopping at 41% on my Kindle copy.

    I appreciate the widget-offering from the publisher — but for me— I CAN’T compare this book to “The Dinner” ....or “We Need To Talk About Kevin”....Both of those two other books had a different quality and purpose IMO....

    THIS BOOK seems to me - to be an intentionally disturbing novel - for the pure pleasure of the thrill. It’s ug

    READ THIS REVIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK.... SPOILERS +SPOILERS +SPOILERS...

    HOWEVER... I QUIT! I’m throwing in the towel. I’ve read enough...stopping at 41% on my Kindle copy.

    I appreciate the widget-offering from the publisher — but for me— I CAN’T compare this book to “The Dinner” ....or “We Need To Talk About Kevin”....Both of those two other books had a different quality and purpose IMO....

    THIS BOOK seems to me - to be an intentionally disturbing novel - for the pure pleasure of the thrill. It’s ugly and non-inspiring. It ‘is’........absorbing.....but I’m not proud of myself reading it.

    I choose to stop this nonsense- I don’t want to be a stand for books where children are evil — for the sake of psychological pleasure reading.

    Even without finishing this book - I can already see the author isn’t accomplishing any attempts to portray what might lead a child to kill —- such as Lionel Shriver did in “We Need To Talk About Kevin”. It’s bumblegum chewing for the sake of chewing mindlessly. I’m not a fan— but many readers probably will be:

    HERE’S MY REVIEW.... all little Excepts..... NOTE: I DO NOT KNOW HOW THIS BOOK ENDS - perhaps a girlfriend will tell me later - save me the reading time - so that I can move on to a book that is a better fit for me.....

    Lots of SAMPLES to get a TASTE of what you’re in for if you choose to read this novel:

    Mom says:

    “She never liked me. No, that’s not true. When she was a baby…Suzette knew she was oversharing, but the words spelled out. But at some point the war began. And I’m losing. I’m losing it. And I can’t tell my husband, I try but…He doesn’t see it. And where would I be? I’m supposed to be a good mom, the mom I never had, that’s what I wanted. That’s what I promised him, what I promised myself”.

    Mom says:

    “ I thought everything would get better. Kindergarten. But she didn’t talk. That’s how it all started. We tried doctors, there’s nothing physically wrong. But every place I’ve tried to enroll her, and every babysitter, it’s like she wants to torture— just me”.

    Dad says:

    “How’s my squirrely girl?” ...... Providing optimistic perky happiness of possibilities? —- sure ..... deny deny deny.... no problems with his little angle —- HANNA LOVES DADDY! I’m guessing ‘Daddy’ will face up to the problems pretty soon....but for now - he prefers to deny them.

    Hanna says: .....Thinking to herself

    “It remained disappointing that Daddy hadn’t let mommy wither and die when he had a chance”. ( note.. Hanna saw her parents having sex - she was hoping with dad on top of mom, he would kill her). Oh well!

    “As Hanna grew stronger she could take it advantage of Mommy’s weakness. Could mommy die if cleaning too much – – could she scrubbed to death? And

    Mommy needed a lot of medication. If something bad happened to her medicine, would something bad happen to mommy?”

    “Or maybe...Mommy was always fussing about how she looked, and she glowed whenever Daddy said she was beautiful.”

    “Maybe If Mommy was uglier”

    “Maybe Daddy wouldn’t love her as much”.

    CHARMING HANNA...

    “She stuffed a grape in her mouth, a strawberry, a cheese cube, another cheese cube, another grape. And made a show at chewing, chewing.”

    “When it was a nice mushy consistency, Hanna got up on her knees and spit the whole glob in Mommy’s face. It struck her cheek, then started to dribble down. Hanna giggled”.

    CHARMING MOM.....

    “Mommy scooped the mash from her face. For a second Hanna thought she might cry. But Mommy got up and came around and forced the glob back into Hanna’s mouth.” She held her hand there, making it so Hanna couldn’t open her lips.

    She couldn’t spit anything back out, but she could barely breathe.

    “CHEW”.

    Yuck!!!

    1/2 STAR rating.

    Thank You Netgalley— St. Martin’s who I always appreciate- ( I’m so sorry - this book just wasn’t healthy for my soul), and Zoje Stage... there is not much I can’t hear - but I’m sorry - I just didn’t want to read any more. The scenes you picked to write for the child - the language from the mom - I just didn’t feel well reading your book.

    But - good luck to you - I think many people actually gobble your novel up.

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    This book is trying so hard to be controversial. Instead, it's an epic fail. I'm not in the HATE it or LOVE it camp.

    In case you've been busy reading a good book (lucky you!) and missed some of the pre-hype, BABY TEETH is the story of a creepy seven-year old mute girl, Hanna, who hates her mommy and wants to kill her. She wants mommy out of the picture so that she can have daddy all to herself. That

    This book is trying so hard to be controversial. Instead, it's an epic fail. I'm not in the HATE it or LOVE it camp.

    In case you've been busy reading a good book (lucky you!) and missed some of the pre-hype, BABY TEETH is the story of a creepy seven-year old mute girl, Hanna, who hates her mommy and wants to kill her. She wants mommy out of the picture so that she can have daddy all to herself. That's it. Seriously, that's the whole book! Hanna: silently plotting and planning her next mean thing to do to mommy. Mommy: wringing her hands and worrying why her daughter is so evil. Daddy: humming and happy, oblivious to the actual pain his adorable Hanna causes on others around her.

    Brace yourself, folks! St. Martin's Press is amping up for a full-on publicity assault to promote their summer baby. BABY TEETH (UK title: BAD APPLE) is set to be released in July 2018.

    Believe me. Don't waste your money or time on this dud.

    The book is deficient in every way. I heard it was shocking and disturbing...NO, it's not! I live for shocking and disturbing, this is not it! It's just dumb.

    There is something missing with this book, there is nothing there to hold your interest. I feel like Hanna should have been written with more of a horror bent, at least it would have spiced up the plot a bit. I spent the first half of the book wishing I could chalk it up as mindless entertainment, but it's missing the entertainment part. I found myself skimming out of boredom. No plot twist. No thriller. I didn’t feel tension or suspense. Dull as dishwater.

    I hate to finish like a negative Nancy. So, I add this: the cover is striking and I love the title! Too bad about the book.😕

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