New Moon (Twilight #2) by Stephenie Meyer (2006)
YA Fiction | Paranormal Fantasy
“I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.” -Goodreads
How to write a review on the Twilight Saga…that is the question. Honestly, I suppose I shall have to write a two-part review for each book in the series: a) How I felt when I first read the books at age 12-14 and b) How I felt every other time I read the books. Yes. Yes that shall be my format for the following four Twilight Saga book reviews. Now let’s proceed.
pooled ink Review:
AGE 13: No Edward! How could you leave Bella??? How could you?! I literally hurled my copy of New Moon across my bedroom when I read this part. No joke. I was so upset and furious and disappointed in Mr. Perfect. But then I got to know Jacob and I realized that he’s a really great person. But then…No Jacob! How could you leave Bella??? How could you?! Once again life was crumbling in this supposedly perfect Twilight world but then phew! Jacob had a good reason. Then Edward had a “good” reason…no Edward was being ridiculous, sorry dude. And this whole time Bella is going crazy and basically acting totally suicidal and I felt so conflicted because on one hand no guy should have that much power over you especially not when you’ve basically just met, I mean come on. But at the same time I sympathized because I had fallen in love with Edward too and he was supposed to be Mr. Happily-Ever-After and yet here he was letting us all down and confirming our fears that we were indeed unworthy, unattractive, and just all around not good enough to ever actually land a Prince Charming. …But then in the end it all worked out so huzzah. And the Volturi stuff was interesting so yay.
AGE 16+: No Bella! How could you be so ridiculous and stupid and pathetic???? How could you?! Yeah. My sympathy for Bella lasted only the first and maybe the second reading of this book. But definitely by round three I had no sorrow for her. I had nothing but eye-rolling annoyance. Sure she was heartbroken and stuff but her behavior was still the definition of pathetic and stupid. Bella Swan is not a healthy person. If this is how the first guy who throws her a bone affects her then she really needs to go to counseling or something. And it’s true, when you go through a heartbreak or meltdown or whatever she experienced it’s super important to have a support group but not only did she keep her problems from them but she basically live-version un-friended them.
Okay fine she couldn’t tell them about him being a vampire but she could tell them how it hurt her that he left. As far as they all know Edward and Bella were dating but then he and his family moved to Alaska or something. He left. She sad. They can get that much. Honestly the vampire part isn’t near so important as the fact that he left. And that’s something she fo sho could have talked about. I just feel like this whole stupid book is a manual on what NOT to do when a guy breaks up with you. DON’T GO FREAKNG COMATOSE. YOU DATED HIM FOR ONLY A FEW MONTHS. YOU’RE IN FREAKING HIGH SCHOOL. STOP IT. Someone needs to put Bella in a corner and then forget her there.
…I like the book covers though. I mean, they’re pretty cool. I like how they’re simple but significant…but that doesn’t forgive the content.