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Twilight: Book Review

IN THE October 23 ISSUE

FROM THE Books & Tales,
andContributors,
andEvery Other Book,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andTeens
SECTIONS

by Stephanie Barnett

Have you ever felt like you were both loved, and hated by someone? That the person you loved, might also be your biggest mistake? What if that mistake might possibly end your life? In Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Isabella Swan, Bella for short, knows what this feels like.

After moving from Phoenix, Arizona to the little town of Forks, Washington to live with her Father, Bella thought the biggest problem she would face would be the rain. Little did she know something much darker than a few rain clouds were waiting for her.

After a day of befriending many students in the very small school, she meets Edward Cullen. Edward is the adoptive son of Dr. Carlisle Cullen and his wife Esme. Their other adoptive children are Alice, Emmett, Rosalie and Jasper. At least that’s what they say. In fact, Edward isn’t just another ordinary teenager; he’s not even a teenager. Unlike most teenagers, Edward is incredibly strong, ice cold, oh, and he’s immortal. Like the rest of his family, he’s a Vampire. Edward’s family is unique in comparison to other vampires, at least in their lifestyle choice. They don’t drink blood, well at least human blood.

Though at first Edward wants to kill Bella because of her amazingly attractive smell, he resists. Which is good because it turns out Bella is the thing Edward has been waiting for, for 90 years, a soul mate. The closer they become, the more Edward must resist that primitive urge to kill.

Twilight is a love story—a modern Romeo and Juliet. With two star-crossed lovers meant to be together, but separated by two different worlds. But this Romeo and Juliet are separated by a century, and a whole mystical world no one knew about. When Bella fell in love with Edward, she knew that her life would never be the same again; she knew there were only two possible outcomes. Death or immortality.

While it lies in the Young Adult section, many adults have admitted to reading the entire series as well. Twilight seems to be in its own genre, in that is crosses the barriers of just another “vampire book”. The romance between Edward and Bella is an extremely touching and compelling story. The book reaches its climax as the romance between them turns into a desperate race to survive the forces driving them apart.

Though a little long for some young adults, this book keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. Whether you are a teen looking for a good book to read, or an adult needing a rainy day book, Twilight is a perfect book for all kinds of people.

Stephanie Barnett is 17 and a contributor to our
Teen Talk section. She is a senior at Reedley High School who plans to attend Fresno State next fall and become a music teacher. At RHS she is in band, drama & an officer in NJROTC.

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1 Sahiti November 3, 2011 at 6:38am

The novel Twilight is a very unique story, and it is definitely a very catchy one! The characters are realistic and I can almost connect to them. The story is very suspenseful so it keeps the reader wanting to read more and more of the book. It
teaches one to be happy with who they are and also it teaches people to appreciate their families. Not only did it teach lessons, but it amused readers with the sense
of humor in the story from the various different characters. The author (Stephanie
Meyers) did a wonderful job with including details to help and allow the readers to
actually picture the story in their minds.

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