“It was there, sitting in the lunchroom, trying to make conversation with seven curious strangers, that I first saw them. They were sitting in the corner of the cafeteria, as far away from where I sat as possible in the long room…I stared because their faces, so different, so similar, were all devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful. They were faces you never expected to see except perhaps on the airbrushed pages of a fashion magazine. Or painted by an old master as the face of an angel. It was hard to decide who was the most beautiful—maybe the perfect blond girl, or the bronze-haired boy” (Meyer, 2005, p.18-19).
Seventeen-year-old Isabella (“Bella”) Swan has just moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington to live with her father. On Bella’s first day at Forks High School, she notices the mysterious Cullen family. Bella finds the Cullen “siblings” are captivatingly beautiful, however, Edward Cullen seems to be repulsed by her…Until one day he does he appears to do the impossible in order to save her life. Bella is determined to discover how he did it and when she learns his secret, she winds up being pulled into his dark world…and falling in love.
I must say, I was very resistant to the pressure to read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight…Until I wound up bedridden with the flu and my mother handed me a copy of the novel. With not much else to do, I started ready and I loved it! Bella’s story drew me in and I finished the book in a matter of days. Tween girls will love the developing romance between Bella and Edward Cullen. Also, the character of Bella, though she captures the attention of everyone at school and her boyfriend is a vampire, is surprisingly relatable! Bella is often awkward and not the typical “cool” girl. Overall, Twilight is an absorbing tale, appropriate for older tweens.
Reading/interest level: ages 12 and up
one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2005
one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2005
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