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Reviewed by Kayla Cook for Readers' Favorite
Metal Mouth by Jaimie Engle explores themes of love, acceptance, and friendship in this captivating coming-of-age tale about a fifteen-year-old girl named Mahlorie Moore. To Mahlorie’s parents, appearance is everything. Mahlorie doesn't care about looks, but that doesn’t stop her parents from making her wear braces. While she can’t stand her braces, she never expected they could turn her into a human lightning rod. Walking home one night, Mahlorie is caught up in a storm that nearly takes her life. Next thing she knows, she’s in the hospital with some boy’s voice in her head. The more she and the boy communicate, the closer they become. She may even be falling in love with him, but who is this boy, how is their communication possible, and how long will their connection last?
Metal Mouth is a brilliantly original tale that explores many concerns countless people deal with every day, such as self-discovery, peer pressure, and social acceptance. While Metal Mouth is geared toward young adults, other age groups can relate to Mahlorie as she struggles to find her place in life. While she occasionally comes off as petulant, she is a very engaging and humorous character who responds believably to the situations she faces. Jaimie Engle did an excellent job of bringing the other characters to life as well. I couldn’t wait to read Mahlorie’s next conversation with the philosophical boy in her head. There were several times Metal Mouth caused me to laugh out loud, and other times I wanted to cry. Jaimie Engle's Metal Mouth is a gripping story that fans of young adult literature are sure to enjoy.