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This Book seems to be quite current; however I would say that it more than likely took place during the 90's. There are many facts supporting my conclusion such as their knowledge of Cancer, the type of cars driven, the public transportation, and the descriptions of the buildings and stores in their town! The setting is important because Simon is from a different time. So the differences in their characteristics and manners are really what give this book an edge that appealed to me! Plus I really don't think this story would have been as interesting as it is if the characters were in a different time. Silver Kiss could have been set in any mid- sized town in America. The story gives me the impression that the town they are in isn't quite as small as Amboy, mainly because it has a huge hospital and a Public Bus.
The reason this story is such a great book is the way Klause wrote it. She told the book using first person point of view for both Simon and Zoë. This may sound confusing but it actually helped in expressing the details. In using this technique Klause was able to actually tell two different stories in this book. At first the book talks of Zoë's life and all of her hardships, and then she told of Simon's issues. But the best thing Klause did was to infuse these two stories in this book. It gave the two main characters more in common, and helped show similarities in the main characters personalities!
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This story represents many ideas to me. The main one would be that event though death is horrible it must happen! It doesn't mean that the person that passed away left, on their own accord. There is also the idea that friends come in many different people. This book was the perfect, if somewhat exaggerated, example of how people touch each others lives. Sometimes it may come from an unexpected source, but they still touch you. Then there is also the idea that their re other people going through similar obstacles in life, and that if you let them they can help you get through it. This story was not shaped by the theme. I think it was purely accidental. These ideas don't seem preachy to me because they are very subtly put in the story! Bonds can be forms with those you would least expect, if you just give it a chance!
The vocabulary is acceptable to the characters. It may even be what shows the characters personalities. I thought the vocab was at the right level! It wasn't hard for me to understand this story. Klause uses long simple sentences, with realistic dialog! The book's title comes from one of the times Simon kissed/ bit Zoë. Klause described the kiss as a sharp, sleek, razor sharp silver kiss. Klause has done a great job of showing me how to write a book in the first person, from two different people. Then taking these two stories and merge them into one great story!
I think Klause is very interested in the bonds that can form, and turn absolute strangers into the best of friends. She continually shows what this bond did for the morale of the characters.
The Silver Kiss is a great book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in fantasies. I choose this book because I love reading about mystically things. I also choose this because Annette Curtis Klause is on of my favorite authors! I have read her other books and loved them, so I expected the same from this book and I wasn't disappointed! Klause, Annette Curtis. The Silver Kiss. New York: Random House, 1999.