By Stephenie Meyer
I finally jumped on the bandwagon and read Twilight, though I didn't exactly do it willingly. It's this month's book club pick, and I made a goal to read all of the picks, so I was kind of forced.
The book focuses on Bella, a junior in high school, who moves to a tiny little town on the Olympic peninsula to live with her father. She eventually (by eventually, I mean almost instantly) meets and falls in love with Edward, who just happens to be a vampire.
I am not a huge fan of romances or vampires, so I was pretty sure that I wouldn't like this book at all. After finishing the book, I can see why it is so insanely popular with the teenage/young adult female crowd. I can also see why some people absolutely hate it. I think I fall somewhere in between. It was an ok story - not fabulous but certainly not the worst thing that I have ever read. I found it very readable. It was in fact oddly addicting - when I would start reading, I tended to read for 100 pages or more without realizing it. The writing wasn't fabulous and lyrical, but it somehow worked. There was one line that I thought was fabulous. Edward and Bella are in the car having a "discussion" about their relationship minutes after Bella confirmed that Edward was in fact a vampire:
"Are you crying?" He sounded appalled. I hadn't realized the moisture in my eyes had brimmed over. I quickly rubbed my hand across my cheek, and sure enough, traitor tears were there, betraying me.
(emphasis on traitor mine) I have found myself thinking the exact thing about tears before.
I found the characters fairly shallow - especially Bella. She was so annoying and whiney and just bah! Especially for the first 1/3 of the book. She never really grew on me, but I can see that there is potential for her to become less annoying. Edward seemed fairly one-dimensional and I thought it was kind of creepy that he used his "powers" (for lack of a better term) to get Bella to do what he wanted. Doesn't that seem like an abusive situation waiting to happen? I also didn't think Charlie was very believable. I understand that this was a man that hadn't lived with anyone and didn't necessarily know how to be a father, but I can't believe that he would be so laid back about everything. Maybe it's because I've always had a very protective father, but I just didn't believe that Charlie could be so...out of it.
The Vampire thing was not as big of a deal as I was afraid of. Edward and family are definitely vampires, but there was no bloodsucking (that we witnessed) and I never felt like it was creepy.
Overall, the book was mostly just ok - it didn't change my life, but I also don't regret reading it. I think I would recommend it to my sisters that love highschool romances. I don't think I will be reading the sequels, though once the series is complete, I might consider it.