- Series: The Twilight Saga (Book 1)
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Media Tie In, Reprint edition (October 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316038385
- ISBN-13: 978-0316038386
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11,447 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Twilight:
A New York Times bestseller
A New York Times "Editor's Choice"
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly "Kids' Book Adults Would Love"
An Amazon "Best Book of the Decade * So Far"
An ALA "Top Ten Books for Young Adults"
* "Propelled by suspense and romance in equal parts [this story] will keep readers madly flipping the pages of Meyer's tantalizing debut."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
* "The novel's danger-factor skyrockets as the excitement of secret love and hushed affection morphs into a terrifying race to stay alive. Realistic, subtle, succinct, and easy to follow, Twilight will have readers dying to sink their teeth into it."-School Library Journal (starred review)
* "In the tradition of Anne Rice. . . this dark romance is gripping." -Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.
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I like the first person narrative, because there is no one who could tell her story better than Bella herself, making this fresh, light reading, an attractive story, and a romance for all ages.
As an early 30's Mom of a toddler, I really enjoyed it. It was a total fantasy, sexy and fun. I wished for more sexiness but I get that they are teenagers. Now if this was "50 Shades of Twilight" I would have given this thing five stars for sure! I also found Bella to be an extremely relatable character for me; we come from very similar circumstances (including the move to the absentee Dad's tiny house in a strange town at 17), we look alike, and we are both very clumsy. Meyer really nailed this character, and from the start I could just jump in and understand the fantasy. As a Mother, however, the relationship between these two kids is way too serious and this Bella needs some self-esteem badly. I did get annoyed every time Mr. Perfect-Face showed up and Bella began brewing about her inadequacy. The fantasy of being the helpless damsel is great for a confident grown woman with a life, scary for a teenage girl. I have to say, the woman in me preferred Edward but the Mom thought Jacob a better choice.
As a life-long lover of vampire fiction, I liked it quite a bit. Meyer chooses her lore with care, allowing for the plot to move without some of the traditional vampire hindrances (aka daytime) without going too far outside the confines of what a vampire enthusiast will accept. I liked the supernatural world and rules she created.
As to the writing. Being somewhat of a literary connoisseur who reads epic historical novels for fun, I can't say that we are reading Shakespeare or Hawthorne here - but the books kept me turning pages. I was thoroughly entertained. Yes, the "perfect" thing got old and there were some issues here and there, but not enough to take me away from the plot. Meyer created some great characters and gave each a personality; we see a lot of humor and insight in here, and the characters experience quite a bit of growth, not an easy feet for an author. The book is written like the author enjoyed writing it, and therefore I enjoyed reading it. Not perfect, but she's good and she gets better as the series moves forward. I enjoyed watching Meyer grow as an author and I will probably pick up whatever she comes out with next.
I will sum up by saying that this was a fun read if you are looking for a romantic fantasy. If you're going for it I suggest doing the whole series. We get the whole world Meyer created this way, and we see Bella grow from an awkward girl with an inferiority complex and poor decision-making skills into a confident (if un-dead) young woman. Who knew I would be so evocative about Twilight? It was good, I'm glad I read it.
But with all complaints aside I still enjoyed reading Twilight. I got to know each character well. I could imagine the scenarios easily. It's not difficult to get carried away while reading this book. Despite the irritating writing I was not disappointed.