Title: The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, Vol. 1)
Author: L. J. Smith
Copyright date: 1991
When high school senior Elena Gilbert meets Stefan Salvatore, she like all the other girls at school are intrigued by him and he ignores them all and goes to class and play football. What everyone doesn’t know is that Stefan is a vampire, born during the Renaissance in Italy. Elena pursues Stefan and is shocked that goes out of his way to avoid being near her. As it turns out, Elena is the exact image of Katherine, Stefan’s first love and the vampire that turned him, and consequently he has a strong urge to feed from Elena.
Elena and her friend Caroline have a competitive friendship and when Caroline goes to the homecoming dance with Stefan, she hides her hurt by leaving the dance with two other boys and heads to the cemetery with them and another girls. After a heavy amount of drinking one of the boys assaults Elena and Stefan comes out of nowhere and hits him until he stops fighting back. Stefan takes Elena home when they notice the girl who was with them earlier wandering around in the road, saying she was attacked by something that wasn’t human.
Damon retreats from Elena as she continues to pursue him. Meanwhile there have been a number of bloody deaths in their small town and people begin to put together that Stefan arrived not long before they began happening. Elena confronts Stefan and he tells her the story of how he was turned, how he loved Katherine, but she also loved his brother, Damon; Stefan continues with the tale of his brother and their mutual dislike. When Elena leaves, Stefan summons his brother who confesses to the local murders and then turns on Stefan when he refuses to give up Elena.
The next day Elena learns that Stefan has disappeared and she attempts to summon Damon.
The Awakening isn’t the most complicated of books but it is a fast and addicting read. The human characters are slightly spoiled and seem much less moral than the vampire, Stefan, but not as ruthless as his brother Damon. The tone of the book is light and there are hints of foreshadowing, as every time there is a conflict with Stefan, the character seems to die soon after.
Elena is used to getting whatever boy she sets her eyes on, but Stefan is different and she can’t figure out why he goes out of his way to avoid her.
Who Should Read It
The Awakening is definitely a guilty pleasure read for those who enjoy a good supernatural story.
Why I Read It
This book was a recommendation from a teen at my local library.
L. J. Smith resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is most well known for writing The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle book series which have both been turned into a CW television show.
*Young Adult Fiction
*Why do you think Damon kills anyone who goes up against Stefan if their not very close?
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