The Forest of Hands and Teeth debuted in the US to critical acclaim, receiving starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, which described the book as "fresh and riveting." MTV called it "a pretty freakin' amazing, empowering and absolutely thrilling young-adult post-apocalyptic zombie love story." Author and critic Bidisha selected The Forest of Hands and Teeth as one of the best books of the year for The Observer and Jo Fletcher picked it as one of the most notable books of the year at the World Fantasy Convention.
- A New York Times best-seller
- A Junior Library Guild selection
- #4 on the IndieBound Kids' Indie Next List for Spring 2009
- A Borders Original Voices selection for April 2009 and Borders Original Voices finalist
- Selected as an American Library Association "Best Book for Young Adults"
- Selected for the Texas Library Association TAYSHAS High School Reading list (2010–2011)
- Selected by librarians at the Denver Public Library as one of the Best Teen Books of 2009
- Nominated for the North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult Book Award
- Nominated for the 2010-2011 Georgia Peach Book Award