Thursday, February 15, 2007

This book stole three days of my life

My sister-in-law sent me this book: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. She called to tell me it was her new favorite. The back reads: "About three things I was absolutely positive. First Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him - and I don't know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him." My eyes rolled. I started reading. Bella moved to Forks, Washington to let her mom breathe and to be close to her dad. Oh yeah, she's a junior in high school. While living in this podunk town, she notices a family of outsiders; two girls and three boys. They sit by themselves, are extremely graceful, very pale, and amazingly beautiful. Oh yeah, they're vampires. While trying to find her place, Bella falls in love with one, Edward, and she's so "unconditionally and irrevocably in love" that she doesn't care that he's a vampire. Oh yeah, they've only spoken maybe four times. There was much eye rolling and head shaking, and I was rapidly losing respect for my sister-in-law's literary tastes.

Then it sucked me right in. I won't tell you what happened, but suddenly, all I wanted to do was read. I read before bed, right when I woke up, while cooking, during Lillian's naps, while she was awake. I had to know.

It's written for teenagers, I think, so don't expect too much. But, after all the eye rolling, it wasn't half bad.


Amanda said...

This is from Tyler just not to confuse people. I just finished this book and wanted to give my two cents. I could definately tell that it was written from the female point of view. Bella was written very well as a clumsy teenage girl who often "forgets to breathe" when her Edward is around. If you like sappy lines like that, the book is full of them. However, it does manage to suck you in with the more exciting vampire sections. Although it was a good book, it would have been much better in my opinion if the sappy relationship part could have been abridged. I guess I guess I don't fit as the typical reader of this book.

Allison said...

I want to point out that you've both used the phrase "sucked you in" or "suck you in". Very vampirish.