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The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein
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Jan 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: reviewed, young-adult, fiction

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 Diaries are well-written, vibrant girls, though none are exactly strong role-models for readers of young-adult literature. From the mouse-like Beth to the insatiably drug-hungry Charley, the girls spring to life for the reader, offering their own stories, many of which become deeply interwoven with the tales told by the narrator. Life and death shadow every move that the characters make; the balance between sanity and insanity is tenuous for these girls at best; and at the end of the novel, the reader is left sated but curious – and somewhat left to fill in their own interpretations for the events of Klein’s novel.

I would recommend this novel to anyone with even a vague, passing interest in well-written literature: the narrator and entire cast of characters may not always be likeable, but the novel is made twice as enjoyable for their myriad of flaws.
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