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Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.


by Stephenie Meyer

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Overall Review:  

This is the book that started the teenage vampire-craze. If you don’t get too hung up on the many editing mistakes, this book is an enthralling read. The characters are three-dimensional in how they think and feel and act. Introverted Bella is curious and stubborn, which naturally draws her to find out about a being as strange as Edward. And the more she finds out about him, the more she welds herself to his violent, passionate personality. This fantasy romance is full of an obsessive love that is fascinating to a reader because everyone seems to want a love so exciting. 


In the first third of the book, author Stephenie Meyer uses the technique of teasing in information little by little, so that the reader just wants to find out more about the vampires and the characters. As frustrating as this can be (suspense is a frustrating thing, after all), it keeps the reader on their toes, searching for answers. The book is a long one, but Meyer pulls you in with all her details, and the fascinating plot. The idea of a couple in love is not new, but the idea of a man wanting to kill the very woman he cannot live without—it is an intriguing idea. It just makes the reader wonder how on earth is this all going to work out. The book is a good one, and I wouldn’t stop short of saying you should definitely read it. After all, it seems to have grown into a part of the teenage culture.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  3 mild obscenities.


Violence/Gore:  A teenage character is hunted by an adult vampire; a car accident with two people injured, not life-threatening; legends of vampires are told by a character, who describes them as “blood-drinkers;” a character reads about vampire stories, where vampires kill and drink blood; a teenage female character is approached by men who intend to do her harm, but do not end up doing so; a teenage boy expresses his wish to inflict harm upon men who attempted to attack a lone female; a character discusses hunting animals in a vampire-like way; a character tells a story with violence and murder in it; a vampire adult is described in how he hunts people for sport; a character describes the physical pain people go through when bitten by a vampire; an eight page scene of violence including a vampire adult attacking a human teenager, multiple adult vampires attacking an adult vampire, murder, broken bones, lots of blood, gashes, biting, sucking blood, screaming, pain, breaking neck. 


Sex/Nudity:  A character gossips about two dating couples (each consisting of a male and a female) in high school who live together; group of male characters threaten female character, implied sexual intent to do harm; a male teenager and a female teenager caress and touch in areas not normally covered by a bathing suit, non-graphic; a female teenager and a male teenager passionately kiss; a female teenager and a male teenager discuss sex in a nongraphic way; a male teenager holds a female teenager while she sleeps through the night; a male teenager and a female teenager kiss passionately; sexual tension between teenage characters. 

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Supernatural (Vampire activity and discussion--such as sucking of blood), divorce, teenager separating self from parents, murder.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A teenager takes cold medicine (when doesn’t have a cold) in order to sleep better.

Reviewed By Amber
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