Book Review: Twilight

twilightYou’re either thinking to yourself…”Wow, she’s the last female on earth to read this book,” or “Are grown-ups really reading this stuff?” or maybe “Why didn’t she just go and see the movie?” All legitimate questions I assure you. Here are my answers (or maybe excuses). I got this one right off my teenage daughter’s bookshelf, (where I will also be going to get the rest of the series – now that I’m hooked). I’m a procrastinator by nature, so I think that’s why I waited until now to read it. Having heard about the book from not only my daughter, but two of my girlfriends, one in her 30s and the other over 50, I knew I had to see what the buzz was about. So there, that answers the “are grown-ups reading this?” question. I’m also kind of a stickler for reading the book before I see the movie, which I have not seen yet. So that answers that question.

Now you want to know if you should read it, right? You should. If for no other reason than to know what kids today are up to–not that they’re hanging out with vampires, but you know what I mean. The book is long, at almost 500 pages, but like Harry Potter it’s a fast read. I’m not saying this is the most literary book you’ll ever read but it is fun. Stephenie Meyer’s take on the vampires is a new slant with some good and some not so good. Her writing is very visual so you can really picture the characters and the locations. She also has a very good grasp on Bella the teenage girl that is the main character. The book is written in the first person and for the most part Bella is believable. She experiences the kind of devastating fully committed love in that special way teenagers do.

There is also a great baseball scene in the book that reminded me of the Quidditch matches in Harry Potter and that I am very much looking forward to seeing in the movie.

If you’re worried about it being gory or too much for your teenager or pre-teen, I wouldn’t worry about it. There’s very little violence in the book and surprisingly very little blood.

There’s some good set up in the story for book two, New Moon – so if you like this one, which I think you will, you’ll most likely have to read on.

5 Comments

  1. Melissa Jones says:

    I to am a person in her thirties whom has read the book.. I realize the books have been out for many years now but interested in find out if she will ever come back to Atlanta for a book signing.. I know that is going to be some kind of twilight party or convention in I believe July but its for the movie and shes not making an appearance there… I would greatly appreciate your any knowledge you have on her coming to Atlanta.. Thanks Melissa

  2. Hey Melissa — I don’t think Stephenie has any plans to be in Atlanta any time soon. I think our best shot is going to be whenever her next book comes out. I would think her book tour would bring her here to Atlanta. I do usually get wind of when authors are going to be here on tour, so I will definitely post about it if I find out she’s coming!

  3. Yes adults are reading Twilight Saga. I am 33 years old and I have read the books and so has my sister and most all my friends and relatives over thirty. The last book however I don’t think is to good for the younger ones it does hace a lot off blood, and honey moon ( adult content) I won’t let my 12 year old read that one, I told her I would tell her about it or she would have to wait until she is older to read it. I also wanted to comment on some of the blogs out there saying that people who like this book are people who have not read before and have not read a good book. I have read many books and a lot of the romance vampire books, and they are all real similar, but they people on the blogs are saying that these books are flawed, maybe in their eyes they are flawed but not in the eyes of the person who wrote it, I don’t read books for perfect english content and the perfectcomma placement ecr. Although I didn’t see much flaws. I love the way she writes, and they way she makes you see the characters, and scenes, and how you can’t put down the book because there is no real good place to stop. I don’t understand how some people can be so rude about these books, and why they have to knock it down and also say that it is a teen book. I know that has nothing to do with what this lady wrote but I had to get this out of me.

  4. Veronica says:

    1. I love the blog!
    2. Read Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. It is her first adult novel, a little more sophisticated, and it explores some interesting themes.

  5. Thanks Veronica!! THE HOST is definitely on my list. I’ll give you my take once I get a chance to read it!

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