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Twilight - Stephenie Meyer, Stephenie Meyer BLUF: If you go into this book decided that you wont like it, you’re probably right.

I put everything I heard about this book aside before reading it. Truly.

Twilight follows Bella Swan after her recent move to a small town in Washington. Despite the social awkwardness and isolation she held at her previous school, she is popular from day one. Blissfully unaware, she begins hanging out with Edward Cullen, a handsome and mysterious outcast. After they begin dating (and she learns that he is a vampire), life becomes interesting. From surprise dates to fleeing from a dangerous vampire duo, can Bella’s heart take the heat?

Maybe it’s just the mood I’m in, but I enjoyed the overall story. While Bella is a character overwhelmed by her emotions, her relationship with Edward was puppy dog cute. The way that his family accepts her despite the circumstances and actually goes out of their way to help her makes for a good story for survival.

Bella: Okay, okay, I will admit, the main character wasn’t very interesting. I found it very hard to believe that she was popular among the boys and so absolutely clumsy. She was also very self-centered. When she was in the hotel room with Alice and Jasper, she didn’t ask them any questions about themselves or care about their feelings – she only concentrated on herself and acted out in an extremely immature fashion.

Controlling Relationship Much? I would flip out if somebody demanded that I drink or eat, especially at the beginning of a relationship. I would run. If not then, I would definitely run after they admitted to stalking me. It bothered me how submissive Bella was – she is definitely not your strong typical woman lead character.

Sparkling Vampires: I’m going to be honest, I don’t really care what characteristics authors add or take away from their vampires. I do understand how the lack of tradition can be upsetting and how it’s an easy aspect to use as a jab against the book. (Personally, I was more annoyed by the controlling relationship.)