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Title: Twilightby Stephenie Meyer
When her mother remarries, Bella Swan moves back in with her dad in the tiny, morose town of Forks, Washington. She thinks life there will be dull until she meets the enigmatic and gorgeous Edward Cullen. He fascinates Bella and she can’t help but try to unravel the mystery surrounding him. To her great astonishment, she finds that he is equally intrigued by her. But will their irresistible attraction end in heartache or joy?
This is the first book in the Twilight series and I read it previously several years ago. I was absolutely engrossed by it back then, and I find that it still keeps me riveted today. Even when I knew what was going to happen, I was still on the edge of my seat. I guess that’s the sign of a good story!
I don’t know how Meyer did it, but she concocted a thoroughly engrossing and satisfying love story with Edward and Bella. I think it might have something to do with the forbidden nature of their relationship, and the way that they ease into each new step very slowly. The romantic build-up is quite slow and of course that’s like sweet torture for the reader.
Meyer’s writing style is really to my taste, as well. Just like J.K. Rowling kept her Harry Potter stories going along at a nicely measured pace, Meyer does the same. You’re propelled quickly through the story without it feeling like any kind of burden or work on your part. I’ll confess that this series is one of my favorite contemporary romance stories.
I only have a couple of criticisms. The first one is really related to my own stage of life right now. Since I’m older and well past my teenage ideas of all-consuming love, that aspect of the story is a little annoying to me. I’m more into the idea of steady love which is based on friendship, respect and trust. I’m sure most preteens and teens swoon over the I’ll-die-without-you love sentiments contained in Twilight, though. My second criticism is that towards the end of the book (and throughout the rest of the series) Edward and Bella get a bit annoying in their dialogue. You can only read, “I can’t live without you” and similar sentiments so many times before your mind rebels. You want to shout at them to grow up a bit and say something more original or have a normal conversation. Even with those couple of criticisms though, I love the story.