Monday, August 1, 2011

Twilight

 
Meyer, S. (2005). Twilight. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

The story starts off kind of ominous, with the narrator saying that she had never really thought about how she would die.  This page sets the tone for the whole book.  Bella, the main character goes to live with her dad in Washington State after her mom remarries.  She is a little uncertain about this, since she she hasn't been there in a while, but the alternative is less attractive.  Bella's dad, Charlie, tries to make things as comfortable as possible for her, and Bella tries to adjust to being a high school student in a new school.  Bella is immediately entranced with a strange looking boy named Edward Cullen, who she discovers is a foster child of a local doctor.  She has an uneasy feeling about Edward, but is also immensely attracted to him and it is obvious that the feeling is mutual.  To keep the story interesting, a couple of other boys are also interested in Bella.  Jacob Black, whose family Bella has known since she was little, comes into the story and develops a romantic interest in Bella.  Eventually Bella discovers that Edward is a vampire and that her life is constantly in danger when she is around him.  Add to that the love triangle that develops between her, Edward, and Jacob and you have a hard to put down read.  As the story develops, Edward shares secrets about his life with Bella, and even introduces her to his family, who are also vampires.  Bella finds that adusting to being in love with a vampire is much harder than adusting to a new home or a new school.  She also finds herself in dangerous situations with not only Edward (who is constantly fighting off his hunger for blood) but also his family.

Although the writing is simplistic, the storyline makes this a "can't put down" kind of book.  You keep reading to find out how things will turn out between Bella and Edward, and what role Jacob will play in the story and their developing relationship.  You keep reading to find out if Bella survives being friendly with a family of vampires, especially since the story begins with her contemplating her death.  The writing might not be considered the highest quality of literature, but the story does keep you reading!  Meyer's use of language helps paint a picture of Edward that helps the reader visualize his sparkly skin in the sunlight, or the color of his eyes which gives Bella an indication of his need for blood.  The writing is clear and descriptive, so the reader is easily able to "see" everything that is going on.  It is definitely an easy, enjoyable read!

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