Author: Stephenie Meyer
Published: 2005, Megan Tingley Books
Target Audience: Girls, 13 and older
Cover Score: A
Overall Grade: B+
Summary: When Bella moves to Forks, Washington, to live with her divorced dad, she's anything but happy about it, wishing to return home to warm, sunny Arizona. But then she meets Edward Cullen: mysterious, dark, gorgeous Edward Cullen, who possesses a dangerous secret that could tear them apart...
My thoughts: So obviously, I've heard a lot of hype around Twilight. I guess you could call it a pop culture phenomenon. I've seen both movies and liked them OK, so I decided to (finally) pick up the book and give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised: wow! The characters in the book actually had a sense of humor. They-gasp-weren't so depressed and sullen the whole time. The book was enjoyable and well-written, and I loved all of the characters. Bella, unlike her character in the movie, was enjoyable as a main character, honest and sarcastic at times. The Cullens were by far my favorites to read about, especially Edward and Alice. The way Ms. Meyer created their background story and all of their special quirks was really clever and creative.
However, this book just died a quarter of the way through. There was only so much I could take of Bella and Edward staring dreamily into each other's eyes. Nothing. Happened. I was bored out of my mind. The dialogue and actions were repetitive and dull, and this continued on until halfway through the book.
Nevertheless, I was glad when the action (cue James) picked up again towards the end. I was riveted to my chair, madly flipping the suspense-filled pages until the action-packed, satisfying end.
Overall: Slightly disappointed, but hand me the sequel, people! I need to see what happens next!
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