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Twilight

November 17, 2010

Twilight

By Stephenie Meyer

Published 2005, 544 pages

Synopsis:

When 17 year old Bella moves in with her father in a small town, she fully expects to get her share of stares and giggles as the new kid in school.  But she doesn’t expect anything like the glaring hateful looks she gets from the most unusually attractive boy in class.  She wonders why he continues to avoid her as much as possible when she discovers that what she mistook for hatred was actually his way of battling against his bloodlust for her.  Slowly, she realizes that the most attractive boy in school is actually a vampire nearing his hundredth birthday.  Soon, their mutual attraction becomes unavoidable, even though they both know it could place their lives in serious jeopardy. 

Review:

First, a little background about my approach to this book…It took me a very long time to decide to finally read it.  I’m sometimes reluctant to read books that are ultra popular because I never want to feel like I’m simply taking my cues from everyone else.  It’s an unfortunate coincidence that there is a rash of vampire fiction popping up in teendom, from books, to movies, to music, to TV.  So I didn’t want anything to do with anything vampire.  But if there’s anything I realized from the Harry Potter phenomenon it’s that books don’t become popular if they suck really badly.  There must be something pretty great about a book that stays on The New York Times bestseller list for 91 weeks (which is how long Twilight was on the charts—pretty impressive).  So I bought a mass-market paperback copy and it sat on the shelf for the longest time.  Finally, I ran out of things to read, dusted off Twilight, and began half-heartedly reading.  It started off just okay; I could relate to being the new girl in school so I hung in there.  But the moment Bella sees Edward across the cafeteria…you could practically hear the loud pop that was the sound of me being completely sucked in to the story.

I became almost as enchanted with Edward as I was with Mr. Darcy when I first read Pride and Prejudice.  Anyone who knows me knows that Mr. Darcy is my idea of the ultimate man: tall, quiet, self-assured, confident, and utterly gorgeous.  And that is Edward.  What an extreme delight it was to meet another such character in the one book I was avoiding. 

I don’t know if it was my own impatience to see the relationship between Bella and Edward progress or if it was actually a slow book, but there were times when I was very annoyed at how long it was taking to get anywhere.  About a quarter of the book could’ve been cut out completely.  I kept wondering how long it would take before 1) she realizes he’s a vampire, and 2) they finally kiss for the first time.  The first didn’t happen until after page 100 and the second not until nearly page 300!  How could you do this to me Stephenie?  But after that, the book really picked up and I couldn’t stop reading until the very end.  As soon as I was done, I went to Netflix and put the movie Twilight at the top of my cue.  I need to see if there is any actor on Earth who can fulfill the glorious description of Edward.  Colin Firth was the perfect embodiment of Mr. Darcy….can Robert Pattinson possibly measure up? I don’t know.  But I can’t wait to find out.

Recommendations:

I’d recommend this for 14 to 19.  But it’s not too scary or graphic for readers as young as 12. And, as I said, they barely even kiss, so there’s no sexual material to worry about.  I do think boys would like it as much as girls because the descriptions of the whole vampire scene are pretty cool. 

Rating:

4 ½ boots.  Had to deduct half a boot because of the times that it dragged here and there.

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