The Moth Diaries

The Moth Diaries By Rachel Klein, The Moth Diaries Lucy and Ernessa have become inseparable Ernessa s taken her over She s consuming her What I saw wasn t real And I know it wasn t a dream Ernessa is a vampire At an exclusive girls boarding school a
  • Title: The Moth Diaries
  • Author: Rachel Klein
  • ISBN: 9780553382181
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Moth Diaries By Rachel Klein, Lucy and Ernessa have become inseparable Ernessa s taken her over She s consuming her.What I saw wasn t real And I know it wasn t a dream.Ernessa is a vampire.At an exclusive girls boarding school, a sixteen year old girl records her most intimate thoughts in a diary The object of her growing obsession is her roommate, Lucy Blake, and Lucy s friendship with their newLucy and Ernessa have become inseparable Ernessa s taken her over She s consuming her.What I saw wasn t real And I know it wasn t a dream.Ernessa is a vampire.At an exclusive girls boarding school, a sixteen year old girl records her most intimate thoughts in a diary The object of her growing obsession is her roommate, Lucy Blake, and Lucy s friendship with their new and disturbing classmate Ernessa is an enigmatic, moody presence with pale skin and hypnotic eyes.Around her swirl dark rumors, suspicions, and secrets as well as a series of ominous disasters As fear spreads through the school and Lucy isn t Lucy any, fantasy and reality mingle until what is true and what is dreamed bleed together into a waking nightmare that evokes with gothic menace the anxieties, lusts, and fears of adolescence And at the center of the diary is the question that haunts all who read it Is Ernessa really a vampire Or has the narrator trapped herself in the fevered world of her own imagining
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    1. Rachel Klein

      Rachel Klein is an American novelist, translator and essayist.She is the author of the 2002 novel The Moth Diaries 1 Daughter of University of Pennsylvania economics professor Lawrence Klein and originally from Philadelphia, PA, Klein currently works and resides in Brooklyn, NY with her family Her stories and translations have appeared in The Chicago Review and The Literary Review.Source

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    1. Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.The Moth Diaries came into my life serendipitously I saw someone mentioning it on Twitter not even to me, just as part of a conversation that caught my attention I wish I could remember who it was now, I should thank them and then, a couple of days later, I was in a secondhand bookshop and spotted a copy for 1 At that point, I wasn t sure it was the right kind of book for me, but the coincidence was too good to ignore I am so glad I picked it up T [...]


    2. A very dark, paranormal, contemporary that gave me the creeps and the heebie jeebies It has all these weird elements that I found hard to reconcile and the ending to me is a bit odd I honestly don t know how to use the ending to interpret the meaning of the story But if you re looking for a very dark, creepy read, you re looking at the right book


    3. Being a typically huge fan of vampires, I really warmed to the idea of The Moth Diaries I cannot even tell you how refreshing this book was, Klein has totally reinvented the myth that is the vampire and turned it into a race for survival that is triggered by the wonderful thing that is teenage anxiety I loved how fantastically different The Moth Diaries was from other books about vampires For one thing, the book isn t all Vampires Argh Bite me Argh Evil blood sucking creatures Argh excuse my poo [...]


    4. I picked this up at a second hand booksale for five dollars simply because of the title and the promise of a boarding school that may or may not be creepy and awesome.I am really glad I did.First off, the biggest thing about this novel is that it s one of those, is she is she not things, i.e it plays big on whether or not the narrator a sixteen year old boarder, who s lonelier and lovelier than I think she gave herself credit for is descending into a spiral of madness, or if the disjointed, ofte [...]


    5. Probably the only thing you should know about The Moth Diaries is that when I sat down to write this review, I spent the first 30 minutes composing a nine part list of questions, subquestions, and subsubquestions about what the hell I just read I seriously have no idea And I really really like that I have no idea A diverse m lange of genres boarding school tale, coming of age story, vampire gothic well, maybe , psychological thriller The Moth Diaries resists easy definition What is this book Wha [...]


    6. Irrational fixation, ambiguous sexuality, inner working of a girls private school in the 1960s Top it off with a luscious prose and throw in an antagonist who might be a vampire you have an ingredient for something special Horrible movie adaptation though, even if Sarah Bolger was in it In honor of AURORA s album coming out today, I want to reread it.


    7. 5 5 Haunting, ethereal, beautiful Apologies in advance if this review is a little much It seems as if the lyrical writing style of this book has infected me, and no matter how many times I ve attempted to write this, I can t help but fall back into it.To me, this book was like a fever dream whereupon waking, you feel as if you ve lost some essential knowledge of the universe that you learned as you slept But instead of feeling a loss, you feel strangely fulfilled, like even though you don t reme [...]


    8. Lesbian vampires Being awesome since 1872 When people think of groundbreaking vampire works, everyone rushes to Dracula as the cornerstone of vampiric literature However, the novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, which predates the good ol count by about 25 years or so Alright, history lesson over.I only wanted to read this book because the insanely beautiful Sarah Bolger is going to be staring as the lead in the upcoming film adaptation Shallow, but honest.Like all vampire novels it starts when [...]



    9. Third read It is just as amazing reading it again I wish I could express myself eloquently It deserves than I can say If only there was no preface and afterward especially the preface, too many preconceptions about the girl it would be absolutely perfect I wish I had someone to discuss it with, but at the same time I don t want to share it with my friends because I don t think they would appreciate it and that would spoil it.There is so much atmosphere it s all so bleak, so gothic, so isolatin [...]


    10. The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein is a psychological horror novel for the older YA crowd that relies on slow building tension to paint a tale of obsession and paranoia The Unnamed Narrator tells the story of her final year in a posh 1960 s all girls boarding school A strange new girl, Ernessa, has joined the cast of boarders at the school and has begun to threaten our Narrators friendship infatuation with her roommate Lucy Rather than accept Lucy s betrayal, the Narrator begins to imagine that Er [...]


    11. I remain terribly impressed with this eerie tale, one where figuring out what really happens remains a perhaps insoluble mystery The narrator clearly suffers a mental breakdown during the narrative, and we see that all too clearly in the pages of her diary But does that mean her suspicions about Enessa were false Looking back, how odd is it that a teenage girl had a psychotic break yet never had another And what about those deaths Clearly inspired by Le Fanu s seminal CARMILLA, Rachel Klein s de [...]


    12. At the the start of her junior year as a boarder at a small New England girls school, the narrator buys a bound journal and begins writing with high hopes She and her closest friends are all rooming on the same hallway, and she s sharing a suite with her very best friend, Lucy But then Ernessa, a mysterious new girl, arrives and steals Lucy away as her own best friend As Ernessa begins to seem stranger and stranger, an English class dedicated to the supernatural in literature gets the narrator w [...]


    13. Thoroughly enjoyed swimming around in Klein s rich, vivid prose It s a book of obsession with people, with death, with clues both real and imagined with both blending into themselves, indistinguishable The isolated, almost ethereal atmosphere of a boarding school, secluded, hushed, away from everybody else, makes the ideal foreign, unreal location for these series of creepy happenings and for such a deep, strangling, consuming thought to take hold Everything is intense there from the thoughts wh [...]


    14. I found out about this book by chance and watched the movie version first I was surprised by how much I liked it because, initially, I had thought I would be yet another paranormal romance teen vampire story Thankfully, it wasn t This is a story of growing up, of struggling with adolescence and the ghosts of the past, of people so wrapped up in their pain that they cannot see the world around them The writing was reminiscent of a young girl s and transported my back to my own adolescence Familia [...]


    15. As you can tell from my rating, I really enjoyed this book The writing was very absorbing, right from the beginning, and I felt like a voyeur that witnessed everything unfold The narrator was fascinating to me, but I thought it was obvious that she was in the midst of a mental breakdown and that Ernessa was never a vampire However, I am very conflicted over the possibility that Ernessa may never have existed The diary was written entirely from the POV of the narrator, so it is possible that Erne [...]


    16. Po dlouh m a dlouh m uva ov n nakonec ned m pln ch 5 hv zd, i kdy se k tomu jedna moje st st le p ikl n.Tahle kn ka m la tu v hodu, e jsem ekala podle hodnocen n co hor ho , ale p jemn m p ekvapila A j r da p jemn p ekvapen Sice si nejsem pln jist , jestli jsem pochopila konec tak hodn zvl tn a zamotan byl ale zp sob, kter m byla kniha napsan Wow Hust atmosf ra od za tku do konce N dech hr zy a lenstv Bylo to super a j jsem r da, e jsem podlehla t m asi 18 ka k m, kter kniha st la.


    17. The Moth Diaries is just what it s called A novel in diary format about a girl and her hurdled path through grief Her father had committed suicide two years before and now the girl who dragged her through that period of her life, Lucy, has made a new friend, Ernessa Block The year is scattered with unfortunate events and the narrator can t help but wonder if Ernessa has anything to do with it.It s written in journalstyled entries, which makes for a quick read but also a very chaotic one, as the [...]


    18. This book is a completely, and I mean completely subjective read As for me, I loved, loved, loved every page.The minutia of the main character s life was so real and charming, told in a voice so authentic, that I careened through the entire novel in a little over a day Every character feels real and alive, even through the medium of a diary, and I applaud Klein on that count.There is nothing grandiose in the opening diary entry it reads like one of my own school time journals and this kind of ho [...]


    19. Rachel Klein s The Moth Diaries is a gripping, beautifully written novel of female adolescence The unreliable narrator whose name the reader never learns is a young woman who grows increasingly obsessed with her friend, Lucy, and new girl Ernessa at their boarding school The novel draws in the reader from the offset Klein weaves a masterful web with her debut, until the reader becomes convinced, alongside the narrator, that there is something strange about Ernessa.The characters of The Moth Diar [...]


    20. Rebecca is eager to begin a new year at boarding school with her best friend as a roommate, but the strange student who moves in across the hall threatens to destroy everything The Moth Diaries has been adapted into an atmospheric but sometimes unsuccessful film, which is how I discovered it as it turns out, the film was a faithful adaptation but the story works better as a novel What makes it succeed is its subjectivity as a diarist, Rebecca is beautifully characterized an erudite, bitterly sel [...]


    21. This book has to be my favourite book ever, i loved it, couldn t put it down and empathised with the protagonist to the point of crying in anger on her behalf numerous times This book evokes strong emotions and portrays the confusion of teenage life along with a descent into madness The moth diaries can be considered a modern Gothic novel, but it is not just your typical vampire novel, with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my chair this book is a must read.


    22. I really liked this book, which combines two of my favorite things a journal format and a boarding school setting I also really like the possibly supernatural elements At its heart, this book is about what it s like to be a teenage girl It seems to use vampirism as a metaphor for view spoiler eating disorders hide spoiler at least in my opinion , much like Angela Carter used lycnathropy as a symbol for view spoiler menarche hide spoiler in The Company of Wolves.


    23. I really enjoyed this Some places I have seen it class it as a vampire novel but that didn t have much to do with it It was about lonliness and dealing with grief, aswell as the selfishness of teenage girls Sometimes diary style books can get boring but I didn t find that with this book It reminded me a bit of The Bell Jar Great book


    24. I loved the sound of Rachel Klein s The Moth Diaries as soon as I heard about it I m a fan of books set in boarding schools and I also like reading about the paranormal, especially vampires This books is about boarding school and vampires, but it s completely not what I expected I got something very unique, and something that I m still quite uncertain about.This is definitely a book to read if you want something that is different from your usual young adult paranormal novel The most effective pa [...]


    25. When I first heard of The Moth Diaries I thought it sounded like my perfect book It s billed as a vampire story set in an exclusive boarding school and told through the diary entries of a troubled teenage girl It can be all that, if you want it to be, but I perceived the book to be very different from my usual vampire fare In the end, I considered that the book may not actually be vampire fiction at all, but instead a study of the psychological torment and mental disintegration of a teenage girl [...]


    26. Kurzbeschreibung Als in Rebeccas Internat eine Sch lerin vom Dach in den Tod st rzt, breitet sich die Angst aus Ihre Freundin Lucy zieht sich immer mehr aus der Wirklichkeit zur ck Hat die r tselhafte Ernessa mit alldem zu tun, die neu auf die Schule gekommen ist und um die sich dunkle Ger chte ranken Rebecca wird immer verst rter Realit t und Phantasie verschwimmen, und eine schreckliche Wahrheit kommt ans Licht steht sie in ihrem Tagebuch Zur Autorin Rachel Klein lebt mit ihrer Familie in Broo [...]


    27. I like psychological thrillers, especially ones where even the reader doesn t know what s going on Nothing like a good disorientating experience to get the blood pumping, am I right The premise of The Moth Diaries promises just that a difficult, is she or is she not ride that will leave you breathless In some ways, it delivers it is quite a moody, gothic read In other, however, I just don t think it fares so good.On the one hand, this is a very nice take on vampire lore, going back to its roots [...]


    28. I had this one on my shelf for a long time, having bought it and never read it And let me tell you, it s a strange read The nameless female narrator has found herself at boarding school for the past few years after the suicide of her father and mental breakdown of her mother Slowly you realize make that very slowly that the story is set in the sixties, but I guess maybe I m the slow one, since the boarding school allowed it s female students to indulge in a smoke break after lunch good luck floa [...]


    29. The Moth Diaries is presented in the form of a young girl s diary during the year that she is age sixteen She attends an all girls boarding school, and is looking forward to the new year with her best friend Lucy When a new student arrives, Ernessa, the narrator is instantly jealous of the relationship that forms between Lucy and the newcomer The narrator examines every detail of every interaction, to the point of obsession She starts to believe that supernatural forces are at work, and that Luc [...]


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