Study Guide

Vampire Academy Friendship

By Richelle Mead

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Where would we be without our friends? They pick us up when we're down, they keep our deepest, darkest secrets, and they always know what to say. In Vampire Academy, Lissa and Rose have a bond that everyone marvels at—sure some of it comes from the cool psychic bond they share, but plenty of it comes from genuine love and respect for each other. All friends fight every now and again though, and Lissa and Rose are no different. When Rose blabs to Dimitri about Lissa's nasty cutting habit, Lissa flips, even though her friend was trying to get her real help. That's the double-edged sword of friendship—can't live with it, can't live without it.

Questions About Friendship

  1. Why are Lissa and Rose such good friends? Why is Rose loyal to Lissa above everything else?
  2. Who is the better friend—Rose or Lissa?
  3. Rose is worried people are only friends with Lissa because of her popularity at school. In what ways does Rose play on this high and mighty social status too?
  4. Is it fair for Lissa to expect Rose to keep so many secrets about her? Does Rose do the right thing when she reveals them to Dimitri? Why or why not?

Chew on This

Rose broke her pact of friendship with Lissa when she let Dimitri in on her secret cutting.

Even though Lissa gets ticked when Rose reveals her secret, Rose did the right thing by telling Dimitri.

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