BOOK TITLE: Baby Teeth
BOOK AUTHOR: Zoje Stage
PUBLISHED: July 17, 2018
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Sweetness can be deceptive."
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.
Two Word Description: Serious Shudders
Baby Teeth is deliciously devious and creepy — especially for all the mothers out there!
And, Hanna, her daughter, is manipulative and difficult. Like difficult in the scariest way, using manipulation techniques that the gold-diggiest gold diggers wish they had in their arsenal. Refusing to speak, even though we meet her when she’s 7, in order to keep her mother’s attention right where she wants it (and to keep her unhappy and off-balance). Refusing to play with other children, or to go to school, forcing her mother to homeschool.
Every mother I know has felt strained and drained, especially during the early years (in the teen years it just becomes more draining, dealing with the tightrope of teen emotions). But no one I know is as fraught with motherhood as Suzette Johnson. Not only worried about what everyone else thinks of her as a mother, she’s also worried about being a good mother (because her mother was so horrible).
Here mother knows Hanna is playing her and her father. The only time she’s really happy is with her father, taking this book into a whole nest of Freudian issues.
Reading this made me think that Suzette probably shouldn’t ever have been a mother, especially to a child like Hanna.
Baby Teeth is soo creepily good. I devoured it quickly (pun intended) — but read this one when your kids are on a being-good-for-Santa streak. Otherwise you’ll start to side-eye them a bit, questioning their every move.