Baby Teeth

Little Island. Jun. 2022. 192p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781915071019.
Gr 8 Up–A captivating novel-in-verse of a Sapphic, vampire-human romance. Immy is a vampire. While she has experienced love in previous lives, she hasn’t experienced what she feels for Claudia. After meeting at a flower shop where Claudia works, the pair begin a very passionate relationship. When Immy shares her secret with her, Claudia is fascinated, and even lets Immy feed on her. The story follows Immy and Claudia’s romantic relationship and Immy’s relationship with Freddie and Henry, her vampire family. Grehan’s verse is powerful and beautiful and will evoke many emotions in readers. They will likely find Immy relatable since she struggles with finding herself and who she is as a person in this life. She also struggles with her desires; she loves Claudia, but she needs blood, and it is hard for her to resist it. The story can be somewhat hard to follow at times; readers will need to use reading skills, such as inferencing, to understand what is happening in some parts, but the story is compelling enough that it will be tough to put down. Race of the characters is not mentioned.
VERDICT This enchanting work is an excellent addition to LGBTQIA+ and verse novel collections.

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