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When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2005.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316160179
Call Number: TEEN FIC MEY
Characteristics: 498 pages ; 22 cm.
Bib Control Number: 471643


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My original "not my cup of tea" franchise. But there's enough "hate" in the world, and Kristen Stewart actually showed me how easy it is to be kind to fans of something derisive. Plus, the movies do have fab soundtracks, and they're basically travel adverts for the PNW, and, h... Read More »

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Mar 11, 2021

When I first read this book I believed to be the best written book in history. After reading a second time I realized there were many flaws and gaps in the story. How exactly does Edward come to love Bella? Edward is initially drawn to Bella's scent. I personally do not believe in love at first sight because in reality you just found someone physically attractive. Edward was completely infatuated with Bella, but he later found her personality and other traits attractive. If Bella's scent had not been so irresistible to Edward in the beginning he may have not even glanced towards her.

Feb 12, 2021

I have to say, this book was AMAZING! Stephenie Meyer began a timeless series with Twilight. I loved the relationships Bella has with the other characters, and each and every character was so well crafted. I was especially enchanted with the Cullen family. There is exactly the right amount of humor, love, reality, and fairy-tale-ish-ness. I already read the rest of the series, and I think each one is better than the last!

Dec 27, 2020

I liked this book a lot the first time I read it but soon saw the flaws once I really started to think about it. For one, I was very annoyed with Bella’s being weak and clumsy. It just seemed that the author put so much emphasis on her being a klutz and it was actually implied as an obstacle preventing Bella from doing things. Being a self sufficient person, it was definitely hard to relate to. I also want to say that I’m confused at how Bella and Edward actually came to love each other... It seemed to me that they were more or less just attracted to each other and then because Edward was so infatuated by her smell and obsessed with her he just like was in love with her for no reason? I guess he liked her personality but it just seemed that he didn’t have too many reasons to be completely and madly in love with her. The same goes for Bella, she just kind of likes Edward even though he does nothing and she doesn’t even know him well. Their whole relationship is based off of shallow feelings and attraction. I can at least say that their relationship is more explained in the book then it is in the movie.

The beginning of the novel really hooked me. It's a great way to start off a story by giving a brief account of a current situation and then flashing back to all the events leading up to how the character got there. It's also weird to go back and read the books and realize Bella is the same age as me and has this weird kind of obsessive vampire love story. Especially cause I'm thinking about going to college in Oregon or Washington, which is the setting of the series. The baseball game is probably one of the most iconic scenes, and the rest of the novel has captivating twists and turns. It's definitely cheesy, but I can't deny it's a good read.

Nov 30, 2020

I just watched the movies for the third time (yes, I watched the movies before reading the books) and I'm now just starting to read the series.

It looks like people either hate the books, or love them based on the comments.

Nov 22, 2020

I mean, anybody who knows of Vampires should read it.

Nov 04, 2020

I wish I could say that I understand why people like this. I don't. This is just a bad book, there's nothing else to it. The writing was repetitive, the plot was barely existent, and the characters were bland and inconsistent. Bella is a whiny, inconsiderate, and one-dimensional protagonist who spends most of the time complaining and feeling sorry for herself. Edward is supposedly a very selfless character, but it seems like he is acting more for his own ends than for Bella's safety.
The relationship between Bella and Edward isn't particularly healthy either. Not only is Edward 107 years old, but they don't communicate very well and the way Bella feels about Edward appears to be more obsessive than romantic. He's always following her around, and even though Bella clearly doesn't want him to, she doesn't do anything about it because she believes that his intentions are pure.
The book is unnecessarily long for the sliver of a storyline that it has. The plot is badly thought out and very rushed at the end, even though the book over 500 pages long. It felt fragmented and broken, as well as very irrelevant.
Even the prose in general was very frustrating for me. I am so sick of hearing how rainy Forks is --you CHOSE to stay Bella, don't complain--, how beautiful Edward is, and I'm not quite sure that Stephenie Meyer knew what 'masochistic' meant when she was writing this book. I can forgive one miscontextualized use, but not 5. There are also lots of unnecessarily confusing sentences that have unclear structure and make the book hard to digest.
Finally, the bad messages were actually concerning to read for a YA book; the messages the author was sending are definitely not something you would want anyone to believe. This book promotes anti-feminist messages and relying on your boyfriend to take care of you, Bella is secretive with her father, and her friends aren't supportive in the least. And don't get me started on the wrongness of how Edward treats Bella, constantly gaslighting her, making her question herself, telling her what to do, stopping her from having other friendships (Jacob, Mike, etc.) and stalking her while she sleeps? That is not romantic in the least.
Don't read this, it's just not worth it.

Oct 29, 2020


ArapahoeKati Oct 06, 2020

There are a lot of things that aren't...great in this teen vampire romance novel (namely the writing) but it's gonna grab you and not let you go until you read every single book in the series.

Oct 01, 2020

Team Edward!

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"It's the safest time of day for us," he said, answering the unspoken question in my eyes. "The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way...the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don't you think?" He smiled wistfully.
"I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars."

Nov 22, 2020

“How old are you?”
“Seventeen,” he answered promptly.
“And how long have you been seventeen?”
His lips twitched as he stared at the road. “A while,” he admitted at last.”
― Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

Nov 22, 2020

“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.”
― Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

Nov 22, 2020

“What if I'm not a superhero. What if I'm the bad guy?”
― Stephanie Meyer, Twilight

Nov 22, 2020

“I said it would be better if we weren’t friends, not that I didn’t want to be.”
― Stephanie Meyer, Twilight

Nov 22, 2020

“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”
― Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

Nov 22, 2020

“I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.”
― Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

Jan 10, 2020

Chicken noodle soup👌👌
(That prooobaly wasn't in the book😞)

Apr 12, 2019

“Of all the things about me that could frighten you, you worry about my driving.” - Edward Cullen

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Jul 03, 2020

Twilight is about a girl named Bella who moves to from Arizona to Washington to be with her dad. At first, she isn't happy because Washington is so cloudy and cold compared to sunny Arizona. During her first few days of school she meets someone named Edward, who she later finds out to be a vampire. As their friendship begins to grow, Bella begins to realize she may have feelings for him. Edward warns of the risks she is putting herself in by being with him. I would recommend it for anyone who likes romance mixed with a bit of action.

Jul 14, 2016

Bella Swan is now in Forks however much she doesn't want to be there is not an option. Will she stay or go to Phoenix?

Jun 28, 2015

This book keeps you hooked with its quirky characters and darkness. It's a whirlwind of emotions. Edward and Bella are the main characters throughout the saga and it's about a love triangle between Jacob, Bella and Edward. It takes the vampire and werewolf differences and hatred to a whole new level.

Jun 23, 2015

Twilight is about a girl who moves from Phoenix to Forks to live with her dad and falls in love this attractive guy who turns out to be a vampire.

Jun 15, 2015

A 17 year old girl finds love for the first and the last time. She nows what she wants Evan if others see thangs diffrent but her lover might just take a bite of her.

Jul 10, 2014

Bella has just moved to a new town to live with her dad when she meets Edward and falls in love with him but it is not as easy as it sounds because Edward is a vampire.

Kristal M Lozier Jul 06, 2014

This book is a story about a vampire who falls in love with a human. The human ends up in trouble with other evil vampires but her good vampire comes and saves her in the knick of time.

Dalia_1 Feb 26, 2014

Twilight is one of the greatest books of all times and deserves a round of applause.

Jun 04, 2013

When Bella Swan moves to Forks to live with her dad, she has no idea what she is putting herself into. She comes across some not-so-human friends, and they don't get along at all. Read this book to find out what Bella chooses to do about it.

anna9391 Aug 09, 2012

a girl name bella comes to live with her father in a small town called forks.there she meets a boy named edward and they fall in love but she discovers hes as vampire.

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Nov 22, 2018

Violence: violent scenes

Jun 28, 2018

Violence: bloody detailed fights that can get scary for younger ages

The_Light_Particle May 06, 2014

Other: WARNING: This book contains terrible grammar! Make sure you don't copy the way Stephenie Meyers writes.

Aug 20, 2013

Coarse Language: not terribly bad, just a few d-words and a few h-words

Feb 18, 2013

Other: Bad female role model

Feb 18, 2013

Sexual Content: Creepy vampire stalker

Nov 05, 2012

Other: Sexist, possibly offensive.

hajrarunne Jul 09, 2012

Violence: there are parts when there are battles between wear wolfs and vampires but nothing to intense

Apr 17, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book is amazing but some parts will have you sitting on the edge of your chair! Or in my case on the end of my bed!!!

Mar 12, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: theres just a coulple of bits were i cringed but is still a great book.

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