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Milk Teeth

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In the shimmering Mediterranean heat, she is faced with both pleasure and shame, and must find out if she is able to change. Who was almost too caught up in her own head (which I guess is a byproduct of the fact that it’s written in first person -duh Dylan!

some aspects are reminiscent of saltwater, from the parental / child relationship to the distinct northern voice, but it feels like milk teeth goes further as andrews' wades into fears, darkness and uncharted territory without resolution.The plot is non-chronological, flipping between our unnamed protagonist's present and past relationships as she attempts to come to terms with her life expectations, wants and regrets, predominantly that she's not living up to her potential.

A tide of sharply sensuous detail keeps the reader riveted as the book flows by in a series of candidly recounted episodes sustained by voice rather than plot. An intimate exploration of class, precarity, sex, power and, above all, of the fragility and exuberance of love. My new friends said things like, 'This park has a bad heart,' or 'the sky is falling down,' and I knew what they meant, lacing my fingers through theirs and running through the lavender dawn, our long coats flying out behind us. the bulk of the novel follows an unnamed narrator, as she embarks on a new relationship with a phd student.

Andrews could go two ways for people: that one vsco girl tumblr poet who still sees the world in 2008 Instagram sepia or an emerging voice trying hard and true in making reading a rich experience for future Urban Outfitters readers. These things follow her into adulthood where her battle to resist the throes of falling in love come up against her need to be whole alone. she ensures that sympathy and empathy are in equal abundance for both characters, who are as kind to each other as they can be cruel. What Andrews does with Milk Teeth, as she does in Saltwater too, is give us a protagonist who is clearly from a region, the north east, the same region that Andrews herself is from, and make that very real.

I too have a difficult relationship with my mother, feeling all her pain and trauma, thinking everything is my fault while acknowledging that she also caused me pain. as the two continue to navigate unsteady waters, can they trust each other fully to open up and show the deepest, darkest parts of themselves uncensored? I am so impressed that I want to read everything Andrews has ever written - I have Saltwater downloaded as an audiobook, and it's now bumped up the priority list.

Her writing is striking – vibrant descriptive passages coupled with stark observations as our narrator struggles to understand what she wants, having spent much of her life running away from herself. In Saltwater Andrews sought a voice that is her own, something she has truly settled into in Milk Teeth.

A girl grows up in the north-east of England amid scarcity, fearing her own desires and feeling undeserving of love. i am beyond grateful to sceptre for sending me an advance copy of her equally as gorgeous, brutally honest and emotional follow-up.

Glad to be alive, and hungry for more – more travel to European cities, more delicious food, more books to be read, more of this terrible-wonderful-unpredictable life. Milk Teeth follows an unnamed young woman, restless and unable to define quite what she wants from life, who falls in love with a man who seems to want her as much as she wants him. Andrews deftly covers the toxic diet and body culture of the early 2000s with our young protagonist, who, for most of her life, has been subjected to this culture from magazines, television shows, friends and family in her life etc. Our protagonist observes the other freelancers she works with, sipping coffee, eating expensive pastries, complaining about their treatment in a banal, half hearted manner. Andrews acutely honed in on the contradictory ways in which you can think (key part here being “think”) you are in control of your body, life, food etc.

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