Today, I am celebrating the end of the preface in The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein (Bantam, 2003).
“To anyone who wonders whether it’s possible to survive adolescence, that’s as much as I can offer of reassurance."
This chilling line closes out the preface, in which we learn that after the events chronicled in her diary, the protagonist was sent to a mental institution for being a psychotic with a personality disorder. Talk about an unreliable narrator. Klein is telling us right from the start that we should be suspicious of every word we read.
These words also nicely set up a big theme of the novel. Adolescence is a strange disconnected time; you have left childhood behind, but you still barely resemble the adult you may become in the future. Earlier in the preface, the narrator says that she looks at her journal and sees “words in an unfamiliar handwriting.”