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The Moth Diaries

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  1,946 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
At an exclusive girls' boarding school, a sixteen-year-old girl records her most intimate thoughts in a diary. The object of her obsession is her room-mate, Lucy Blake, and Lucy's friendship with their new and disturbing classmate. Ernessa is a mysterious presence with pale skin and hypnotic eyes. Around her swirl dark secrets and a series of ominous disasters. As fear spr ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 7th 2005 by Faber & Faber Limited (first published 2002)
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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 pick
Aj the Ravenous Reader
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!^^
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!' (e ...more
Asghar Abbas
Mar 19, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Jill the Ripper
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
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 mélange of genres—boarding school tale, coming of age story, vampire gothic (well, maybe…), psychological thriller—The Moth Diaries resists easy definition. What is this bo
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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 star
Mar 28, 2010 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
Third read:
It is just as amazing reading it again. I wish I could express myself more eloquently... It deserves more 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
Aug 25, 2012 Apricotteacup rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Emmett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, young-adult
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 thou ...more
David Blue
Mar 06, 2012 David Blue rated it it was amazing
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 Klei
Mar 14, 2013 Elgalla rated it really liked it
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. Fa ...more
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Jul 09, 2016 Marketa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Po dlouhém a dlouhém uvažování nakonec nedám plných 5 hvězd, i když se k tomu jedna moje část stále přiklání.

Tahle knížka měla tu výhodu, že jsem čekala podle hodnocení něco "horšího", ale příjemně mě překvapila. A já ráda příjemná překvapení. :)

Sice si nejsem úplně jistá, jestli jsem pochopila konec - tak hodně zvláštní a zamotaný byl - ale způsob, kterým byla kniha napsaná.... Wow. Hustá atmosféra od začátku do konce. Nádech hrůzy a šílenství. Bylo to super a já jsem ráda, že jsem podlehla těm
Jan 17, 2013 Natascha rated it really liked it
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 t
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Dawn Kurtagich
Dec 30, 2010 Dawn Kurtagich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing
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 D
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, bitterl ...more
Jun 09, 2009 Madi rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 19, 2010 Jo rated it it was amazing
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 more 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!
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
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 effectiv
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 ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-2011
Als in Rebeccas Internat eine Schülerin vom Dach in den Tod stürzt, breitet sich die Angst aus. Ihre Freundin Lucy zieht sich immer mehr aus der Wirklichkeit zurück. Hat die rätselhafte Ernessa mit alldem zu tun, die neu auf die Schule gekommen ist und um die sich dunkle Gerüchte ranken? Rebecca wird immer verstörter. Realität und Phantasie verschwimmen, und eine schreckliche Wahrheit kommt ans Licht - steht sie in ihrem Tagebuch?

Zur Autorin:
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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 i
Wynne Kontos
Mar 22, 2012 Wynne Kontos rated it it was ok
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 luc
Chiara (delicate eternity)
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 tha ...more
Gabrielle Elise
I found "The Moth Diaries" by Rachel Klien quite hard to get into at the beginning. Not only was it in the form of a girl's diary, (we never learnt her name) but the story had an air of 'experience' - for lack of better word.
The main idea of the book was the girl's jealousy of her roomate in bording school and best friend, Lucy Blake, and her bond with the new girl, Ernessa Bloch. After a few encounters with this "Ernessa", the author of the diary decides that she doesn't like her, and that thi
Mar 26, 2016 rosamund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disability, fantasy, ya
This is one of those books that I reread and return to regularly. It's an amazing exploration of a young woman, and one that shaped my thinking for years after I first read it. The unnamed narrator is fiercely intelligent and isolated, as she struggles with her own deteriorating mental health and her certainty that her best friend is under the sway of a vampire. I love how Klein brings novels and myths about the vampire and supernatural within the story, and her narrative is rich in details abou ...more
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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.

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