Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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 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.

From blazing new talent Zoje Stage, Baby Teeth is a story about a perfect-looking family, and a darling little girl who wants nothing more than to kill her mother.

What the actual fuckity fuck is this shit.

If I needed another reason not to have a little demon spawn of my own… this would give me the perfect reason.

Maybe it’s because my husbands name is Alex and I just sat there going.. yep, that would be my luck. I would end up being the one with a sociopath for a kid.

Also… pro tip: do not read this book in the middle of the night. I will never understand why I decided to start reading this at 4 in the morning. FML I will never sleep.

This book was amazingly creepy. Honestly, it was creepier than You and that shit fucked me up for weeks. I think it’s just the fact of reading from the antagonists perspective that makes this so creepy.

One thing I did notice is that the language used was definitely not that of a young girl. I don’t know if the author just bumped it up for creep factor, or what. But it almost made it worse.

The difference between Baby Teeth and You (I know I’m comparing these books a lot, but it’s really the only other thing I’ve read that’s similar) is that you almost feel sympathetic towards Hanna. Kind of. Her main issue with her mother was jealously. It was sad, sure.. but I feel like the parents definitely could of done more to reassure her.

If you have any recommendations of books that are similar to this or You, please leave them in the comments here!

Until next time,


8 thoughts on “Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

  1. This book was freaking WILD. I’m still thinking about it. Like, it really got under my skin and YOU’RE SO RIGHT: I read it and I was like, “Well, add this to the list of reasons why I never want children.” Haha!

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  2. I can’t decide if I want to pick this book up immediately or run as far away as I can! It sounds so creepy and wonderful, but I also don’t want to have nightmares for the next three weeks. Great review!

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    1. perpetualfangirl January 7, 2019 — 9:03 pm

      It’s definitely creepy but good. I would say the nightmares are worth it lol

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  3. Omg, yes, Hanna was terrifying. That ending has so much potential for *things* to happen, I’ll be curious to see if anything comes of the threads. 😮

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    1. perpetualfangirl January 7, 2019 — 11:11 pm

      I would love to see what happens later. It’d be so interesting to see Hanna more in the hospital and as she gets older.


      1. With her brains, I don’t think it’ll go well. 😬 Have you ever seen the final season of the BBC Sherlock show?

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      2. perpetualfangirl January 8, 2019 — 12:10 am

        I’ve never actually watched any Sherlock🙈


      3. That’s ok. There’s a character in S4 that reminds me a lot of Hanna & she grows up to be an issue. 😯


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