The Moth Diaries Hardcover – 22 Jan 2004
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Genuinely gripping: a brilliantly original tale written in a completely believable adolescent voice.' -- Kirkus Review
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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 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 anymore, 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? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What I loved about The Moth Diaries - and I genuinely did love it - was the fashion in which the tension escalates one notch at a time. Secrets creep from the woodwork. Both Ernessa and the narrator have fathers who took their own lives. Ernessa, according to the narrator although no-one else ever comments, never seems to eat anything. The narrator claims to be giving up her dabbling with illicit substances in one journal entry only to declare that she has never been so stoned in her life in the next. Nothing is quite what it seems and the narrator's observations although spot on in many instances seem to go dangerously, almost insanely out of kilter when it comes to Ernessa.Read more ›
We are taken back to the early Seventies as we read the journal of a sixteen year old. One of the boarders at a school, she is set apart to a degree because she is in a minority, being Jewish, amongst the WASPs. Being an all girls school obviously the nature of all girl friendships are a lot more intense than if the school had been mixed. Our narrator definitely has a 'pash' for Lucy, and this is taken as normal by the other girls. Of course things become a bit different, when Ernessa comes to the school, upsetting the dynamics between Lucy and the narrator. As friendships alter our narrator, who is still upset about the suicide of her father, starts showing signs of over possessiveness. With teenage angst, madness, obsession and envy this does have a lot to offer. Our narrator becomes obsessed into believing that Ernessa is a vampire, probably caused by her hormones and feelings for Lucy, as well as the reading material she is taking for her class.
Ultimately the idea that Ernessa is a vampire is the weak point, as only the narrator seems to see this. This is a good read, but it lacks the ambiguity of something like 'The Turn of the Screw' which would have made this a great novel. When deaths come into this book, we don't get any feeling reading this that Ernessa is really the cause of them, only the narrator's fevered imaginings that she is. This book won't be for everyone, but is worth reading if you are looking for something a little bit different.
However, my only qualms with the book is that whilst most of the subject matter is fine for young teenagers, there are some theories in the book, like the ones about philosophy that would not be understood by this audience. Even so, this adds atmosphere to the book. As the diary was set about 30 years ago and the girls are in their penultimate year at a top boarding school, there are obviously going to be some references that the reader will not completely understand.
Regardless of this, The Moth Diaries can be interpreted in many different ways, which is the true excellence of the novel. It can be a psychological thriller, a dark and gothic horror story, or simply a tale about a girl with friendship troubles. I would reccomend The Moth Diaries to anybody who is interested in something that is a little unusual. Overall, a gripping, strangely fascinting and unpredictable debut novel.
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Very enjoyable book, different interpretation of a vampire story and thankfully avoids getting sleazy.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written. A YA novel which will delight the 'goth' girls in particular. Keeps you guessing, messes with your mind as you get into the main character's world.Published 21 months ago by Bella-talk
A haunting book. The story revolves around a boarding school and the arrival of a new girl. It is a good premise for a story and I loved that it was set out in the format of a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Angelcake
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Slow to get going and easy to dismiss as a bad dream but a great read, and very psychological in its telling recommend for a beach hoilday the sun makes you feel better reading... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2012 by TippyT
I confess I'm not this book's target market in terms of age, but I often like to read young adult fiction. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2012 by L.B.
I didnt really understand this book... It wasnt what i expected it to be. I was disappointed with it. I wouldnt recommend itPublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by Linzi-Jane
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