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Content Review: The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening & The Struggle by L.J. Smith

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006114097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061140976
 A deadly love triangle.

Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.  Determined to have Elena, he’d kill to possess her.

                      The Vampire Diaries, a tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

Sexual Content:

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    -The vampires feed on wild animals and humans alike, including a pet dog. 
    -There are graphic descriptions of killing and feeding upon the kills. 
    -A homeless person and a high school teacher are murdered. 
    -A vampire in another century commits suicide. 
    -The main character is assaulted and nearly raped by a drunken student and a girl she is with is brutally raped. (The rapes are violent but without graphic details) 

Other Notables:

    -Some teens get drunk

Did I like this book?

I thought this was a poorly written book with flat characters and predictable dialog.  This is not another Twilight, but  you will find nothing new and nothing original. The Vampire Diaries will leave you disappointed, or worse - you'll end up reaching for another installment, hoping it will get better further on. It doesn't. Elena’s character is probably the greatest impediment to enjoyment of The Awakening because she is just so hard to empathise with.  A privileged and popular girl, the beautiful Homecoming Queen and centre of everyone’s attention, she is vain and self-centred. And the main characters find true love, but don’t find any self-awareness or gain any emotional maturity by the story’s end.