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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, 320 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Fischer FJB (first published January 1st 2002)
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Blair
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 pick
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Iffath
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
Jill
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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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
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Lina
Vampires Unite! Pictures, Images and Photos

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
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Apricotteacup
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
Emmett
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
Liz
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
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Elgalla
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
Eilonwy
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Sophie
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
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Juushika
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
David Blue
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
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Madi
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.
Jo
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!
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
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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
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Daisy Chain Books
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
Kerstin
Kurzbeschreibung:
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:
Rachel Klein lebt mit ihrer Familie i
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Katya
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
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Natascha
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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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
Pip
the book starts out slowly and increases its drawn-out narrative. diary style and with the narrater not identified by name, it's usually something I like. unfortunately, it drags on with no discernible personality to the narrator, other than her being artistic (her father being a poet) and her going unnoticed for most of her boarding school life and at home, though she still has 'friends', most of whom she despises.

the added teen pasttime of smoking, drugs and sneaking out at night is believabl
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Dawn Kurtagich
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
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Wynne Kontos
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
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Kim
I have no clue what i read actually.
Jess
Jun 02, 2012 Jess rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boring people, nobody.
It's really hard to say what I honestly feel about this book, but in short, it was difficult to read, made me feel incredibly stupid at times due to the masses of philosophical, historical and poetic references, and the protagonist was so incredibly dull and self-obsessed that I was aching to reach the end.
So the main character, and the owner of the journal that narrates this novel, isn't actually named throughout the whole book. That part doesn't really matter, though - what matters is how bori
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Eccentrika
Il titolo di questo libro può portare alla mente parecchi déjà vu. La parola "diari" (o "diario") negli ultimi anni è stata usata a sproposito molte (troppe) volte per intitolare libri dai contenuti più disparati. Sembrava quasi una moda. Questa volta no. "I diari della falena", traduzione letterale dell'edizione in lingua "The Moth Diaries", si intitola così proprio perché (finalmente) il libro è scritto sotto forma di diario. L'ambientazione è negli anni '60. La voce narrante in prima persona ...more
Amanda O'Donnell
I didn't enjoy this much the first time I read it, but when I found out it was a true story (apart from the names being changed) I read again. It was alot more eerier and made me pay more attention to the story.

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
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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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