L.J.Smith's The Vampire Diaries:The Struggle amazed me with it's brilliant and original plotline.The Struggle is the second book in the Vampire Diaries series. In this book, Elena has to tell Stefan the truth about her lost diary and the fact that she wrote down his secret in it while also protecting from human harm and his evil brother Damon. All of this exciting adventure happens in a small town called Fell's Church. The time and place in which this story takes place is modern day; in about the 1990's to 2000's in the small town of Fell's Church. Though the story's characers are modern, there are 2 characters in this story who are not so up to date. Stefan and his brother Damon, two vampires from a few centuries before our time. In this book, it also goes back a couple of centuries to the 1500's approximately, and has a flashback of Stefan and Damon.The mood of this story is happy yet very intense and thrilling in some parts. The happy parts are obviously parts like when Elena finally finds Stefan after a long search even though he is seriously injured. The more intense parts are when Damon comes to taunt her and you wonder what he's going to do to stop her from finding Stefan. Another intense part is when a fellow peer from Elena's high school bullies Stefan with a pack of his goons, but the thing is the guy doesn't know that Stefan is a vampire, so he doesn't know his capabilities. There are also parts that are sad and disappointing such as the part where Elena falls into the freezing cold river beneath her and you don't know what is going to happen next.I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars because even though the plot line was very descriptive and interesting to read, there were some parts which didn't make sense to me and some parts were just plai boring. I think this story line could be changed just a smidge. I would also recommend this book to kids my age and teens because, if you can love the t.v. show, you cna love the book!