This book is nothing like the TV show. For some weird reason I actually like the show, so I wanted to read the book that it was based on. Other than the characters names being the same and Elena falling in love with a vampire, nothing else was the same. The character's personalities weren't even the same. I don't expect great things from teen books, but this one was just awful. Maybe the series gets better, but I have no intention of finding out. Really the only reason I kept reading it was because I had paid money for it, and I was waiting for Damon to show, which he doesn't until the end of the book.
Skip the books, watch the show.