loading, one second please...

Let Me In, A Confusing Read

Reviewing: John Ajvide Lindqvist Let Me In  |  Rating:
Jenn Huffer By Jenn Huffer on
Badge: Publisher | Level: 10 | Fiction & Creative Expertise:

Let Me In is a novel written by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The book was originally written in Swedish and translated into english. I think this has something to do with the confusion that the story left me in. At times throughout the story it was hard to wrap your imagination onto where you were and which characters you were following in that section.

Let Me In is a story about a young boy named Oskar who isn't very popular at school. He has a few bullies that are very cruel to him. Oskar make believes that he is attacking these bullies which in real life he is not that brave to do. He meets a young girl, Eli, that lives in the same apartment complex and they become fast friends. Even though Eli does seem a little weird and sometimes smells funny. As the story moves along other adult characters are introduced that take on roles through out the story and into the climax towards the end. Oskar learns more about Eli and finds out that she has to have blood to survive. Maybe Eli is responsable for some of the horrible murders happening in their little community recently.

That is the best description of the story I can give without giving important "shock" moments of the story away. Plus some of the side stories seemed irrelevant to the main story and I feel they could have been left out of the book without interrupting any of the plot. The ending of the story is a bit confusing as well. I'm not real sure what happened. I'm sure of the events that are happening, it's just not clear if the author is trying to hint at something else that has happened with Oskar or not. I feel the story could have gone just a bit more to end on a more stable note. Maybe the author wanted to leave the reader guessing though.

Let Me In is approximately 472 pages long and was made into a motion picture in 2010 by the same title.