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Friday, May 25, 2007

Off the Shelf 0607-23

By Stephanie Meyer
© 2005

I’ll admit I would not have been drawn to this book on my own…but it WAS the single most checked out book in the library this year and it WAS the Florida Teen Read 2006 Winner and on top of that I get recommendations from 9th grade students such as,

“I liked the combination of suspense and romance.” Janeth A.

“It was scary and full of action, but also sweet.” Gloria P.

“This was my favorite book this year – it really kept me interested.” Andres G.

“Absolutely the best book!” Cara L.

The plot centers around 17-year old Bella and her boyfriend, Edward, who, by the way, is a century-old vampire in the guise of a 17-year old boy. They struggle to keep from being destroyed by other vampires, as well as, from allowing others to discover his secret. Despite the constant balancing act between the reality and fantasy, the author manages to capture your imagination and your heart and takes you for an enjoyable ride full of apprehension and love.

What is most fascinating is the author’s explanation of how vampires evolved, how some vampires have special powers, and how the description of the pale and cold skin becomes attractive to humans.

The suspense of the novel is easily captured in the very last line of the book, “ And he leaned down to press his cold lips once more to my throat.” So does Bella survive as a human? Does she die? Or is she, herself, transformed into a vampire? Meyer has authored New Moon to entice her readership for more!

My recommendation: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist

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  • I found your review, and the students' comments, intriguing, so I did a little googling about this book and found an interesting section of the author's website, about her process of getting the book written and published: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilight.html

    Your reaction to the book proves something I remind myself of often... some things can seem so unappealing to us based on assumptions we make (your lack of interest in a teen vampire novel), but can fascinate or entertain us anyway, if we give them a chance. (True Confessions time: One of my favorite tv series of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer... I mocked adult friends of mine ENDLESSLY when I first learned they loved it - then got hooked myself, on the themes, the humor, the writing, and the similar premise of love story between human and vampire)

    The author's explanation of how she got the book written and published, despite challenges personally and a whole lot of rejection from publishers, goes to show you should never give up on the things you believe in passionately... and that there will always be someone who thinks we, and our work, are wonderful... and others who think we and our work stink.

    Now I'm going to need to read this book, too!

    By Blogger Jeanette Johnson, at 5/25/2007 5:49 PM  

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