The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Published: 1990 - Random House
Age Group: Young Adult
Read: October 7, 2011
4 out of 5 Stars: Really enjoyed it
Reason for Reading: Assigned during last semester's YA Lit course, but never got very far into it. Decided to start over when I had more time.
On GoodReads: "Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe's brooding thoughts of her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?"
My Thoughts: This is everything I would want in a vampire novel. This story doesn't sugarcoat being a vampire, it shows the bad parts -- the loneliness, the darkness. Zoe was a beautifully written character, sad and confused at her mother's impending death from cancer, and I could see why she and Simon were drawn to each other. Simon, the 300 year old (19 year old) vampire, was what I imagine someone trapped in a life without life would be like. He had not asked to become a monster, and he held on dearly to his memories of life "before." The relationship between the two characters was sweet and protective, and I really liked that they both knew the best thing for everyone was what Simon wanted, to cease being. This was really well written and touching. Also, the references to the 90s were amusing, but didn't take away from the story.
Recommended To: Vampire lovers who want to read about real vampires -- the ones that need human blood, can't be in the sun, and aren't ideal boyfriends.
Quote From The Book: "A lifetime was a lifetime, regardless of its years."
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