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 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
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...more
My reading of the novel was that Rebecca is severely depressed and...more
the added teen pasttime of smoking, drugs and sneaking out at night is believabl...more
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...more
The characters of The Moth D...more
I don't really know what made me enjoy it so much less than I had expected. Maybe the diary form? It was very realistic as a teenage girl's diary, maybe too much so to be very good as a novel. Uninteresting to anyone but those involved, and you never...more
The book had a powerful atmosphere from start to finish, and the ambiguity regarding Ernessa was in keeping with the tone of the novel. It's unclear whether she was a vampire or some kind of alternate personality onto which the narrative...more
At a girls' boarding school, a sixteen-year-old pupil 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. A...more
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...more
The story itself is a haunting, and sometimes terrifying, glimpse into the mind of a narratror who may, or may not, be spiraling into insanity. Throughout the course of her year at an exclusive girls' boarding school, the narrator confesses to her diary why she believes a classmate is a vampire who has po...more
Clearly inspired by Le Fanu's seminal CARMILLA, Rachel Klei...more
When I first picked up this book I read that it was written in the format of a diary.
Having never read a book in this format I didn’t really know what to expect. However when I started reading the preface I was intrigued. The ‘author’ of the diary suffers from borderline personality disorder, depression and psychosis. This comes through a lot in the story. Personally I found the main character to...more
I don't really know, if it is a real diary or fiction, but it did feel like reading a diary, whereas it was written pretty detailed and describing, which I liked. It took a step away from just telling the story and toward telling a story well and so I don't even care anymore, if it is real or not.
The story is... strange. Even after rereading it again and again I still don't get, what happened, what was reality and what wasn't. I suppose it is...more
It's written in journalstyled entries, which makes for a quick read but also a very chaotic one, as t...more
Vampiri o pazzia?
La storia si svolge in un collegio femminile, la protagonista è una sedicenne di cui non si conosce il nome. E' stata portata nel collegio dalla madre che non è più riuscita a riprendersi dal suicidio del padre.
Nonostante fosse una ragazzina piuttosto chiusa in se stessa è riuscita a fare subito amicizia con un'altra ragazza, Lucy.
Presto le due diventano inseparabili e fanno tutto assieme, qualsiasi cosa. Da come viene descritto il rapporto d'amicizia sembra in realtà qualcosa...more
But either way the story is about grief and the hope of / obsession with the perfect friendship that could ease the feeling of loneliness and alienation. The description of the teenage girls was spot-on in so many ways and the novel was very well-written. But I missed a real plot. It was more abo...more
She is the author of the 2002 novel The Moth Diaries. 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.