Andriaby Stephenie Meyer Review by:
Intended audience: YA Age of main character: 18
Sequel to Twilight
When the Cullens, including Bella's beloved Edward, leave Forks rather than risk revealing that they are vampires, it's almost too much for her to bear, but she finds solace in her friend Jacob until he is drawn into a cult and changes in terrible ways.
-There is no sex in this book
-There is some sensual kissing, but not as much sensuality as Twilight, as Bella and Edward are separated most of the book.
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-The first half of the book is focused on Bella's extreme emotional distress about being left by Edward. For months she sinks into a depression.
Did I like this book?
I loved all of these books! The first time I read this, though, I was so preoccupied with where Edward was that it was hard to appreciate the book for what it was. On her blog (www.stepheniemeyer.com), Stephenie says this:
"When the advanced reading copies began to fall into the hands of my fans, I asked people read New Moon twice, promising that I would explain why later. It's later, and this is why: the first time through New Moon, I've found that readers are so anxious about the absence of Edward that they can't settle into the middle portion of the book. They skim and speed read and flip ahead until, at last, they find him again. However, at that point they've missed the main section of the novel almost completely. On a second reading, knowing that Edward will return to the story at the proper place and time, the reader can slow down and enjoy the wondrousness that is Jacob Black."
This is exactly what happened to me. After reading New Moon again. The thing I really appreciate about these books, besides the fact that they are so fun to read, is that they are not full of sex and teenage partying. Edward is a fantastic hero, who is a virgin and wants to stay that way until he is married, and he wants to protect Bella's purity also. That's not something you see very often in YA books, especially of this genre. Thank you Stephenie!