Saturday, May 24, 2008

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers Book Review by Lezah Williamson

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Twilight (2005) is the NY Times best seller by Stephanie Meyers; it is the first in a series of the same characters.

Part romance, part suspense, part teen angst story, Twilight chronicles the unrooting of Bella from her life-long home in Arizona to her new home in Washington state, where she is now living with her father. The mother's re-marriage and the step-father's Farm team baseball career are what prompts Bella to move to the cold, damp Pacific Northwest. To say that she doesn't like the weather is a bit of an understatement.

Likewise, the transition from her old school in Arizona, where the population was in the thousands, is a far cry from her new school, which is little more than a small group of trailers and outbuildings. The town itself, probably has a lower population than her former school. Culture shock rears its ugly head pretty quickly...

But, it's a case of friends to the rescue as the new girl in town become the popular IT girl. She doesn't embrace her new-found popularity well, though, and instead is drawn to a reclusive family of incredibly beautiful, intelligent people. Or are they people?

Turns out the answer is no: they are vampires.

But this isn't your typical vampire story, with vamps running around biting and blood sucking. These guys are above all that...

Personally, I was a bit disappointed with this book. I thought the main character was not at all believable (for instance, what teenager wouldn't like snow?). Someone I know felt that the vocabulary was limited.

Over all, I'd suggest you save your money: wait for the movie, instead (there's bound to be one).

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