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Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses: A Novel


Priya worked hard to get into Stanford to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor, but during her freshman year she starts to feel achy and foggy–and soon she can’t get out of bed. A diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease forces her to put her future on hold and return home to her loving but overbearing family in southern New Jersey, where she spends her days wondering if her life will be over before it can really begin. Thank goodness she has @bigforkhands, aka Brigid, her online BFF who joins her in creating ‘oof ouch my bones,’ a chronic illness support group of smart and funny teens who exchange tips on dealing with brain fog in between rapid-fire pop culture references. Everyone knows everyone else’s diagnosis, but Brigid remains noticeably mum on hers. Then Brigid disappears one day, and Priya decides to do something out of character: steal the family car and take a road trip to Brigid’s house in Pennsylvania. Dying to meet her bestie IRL but worried Brigid is in the middle of a flare, Priya arrives to find a terrifying, dog-like creature has destroyed Brigid’s house. The weird part? She’s pretty sure that creature is a werewolf–and she’s pretty sure that werewolf is Brigid. A sharply observed, hilarious, and heartwarming novel of best friendship and chronic illness, Teeth explores what it means to come of age when your life gets derailed by a diagnosis–whether it’s of the textbook or spellbook variety.

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