New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Juvenile Fantasy Fiction
Published in 2006
Recommended Age Group: 14 and Up
Summary: New Moon, much like Twilight, begins with a peek at the climax of the novel where Bella is running though a crowded square to save the life of someone she loves. Bella turns eighteen in the first chapter and unlike most people she is upset at the milestone because her boyfriend Edward (a vampire) will always be stuck at age seventeen and she hates the thought of being older than him. Bella tries repeatedly to convince him to change her into a vampire but he refuses convinced that the transformation will cost Bella her soul, an idea that not everyone agrees is the case.
At her Birthday party she cuts her finger and everyone in Edward’s family (also vampires) try not to hurt her and Jasper, the newest member of their group who doesn’t hurt humans, tried to attack her. Shortly after this the whole family decided to leave Forks, Washington afraid that Bella might get hurt and that they would be exposed as vampires.
After they leave Bella falls into a zombie-like state and only her friendship with Jacob Black is able to pull her out of the despair. It is when Jake appears to join a cult and when Edward, thinking he’s lost Bella forever, does something rash that Bella’s world really begins to fall to pieces. Through a bit of luck and the help of a good friend Bella is able to get part of what she wants and also understands that her world and those of the people she loves will never be the same again.
Personal Notes: This second book in the Twilight series was darker than the first but no less enjoyable. There were parts where Bella was a bit depressed and I found myself once again so engrossed in the story that I was feeling what she felt. I have heard some people say that it was too depressing and that if they were to read them again they would skip this book but I think they are all necessary to understand the story as a whole. Meyer is a truly captivating writer and creates amazingly round and real characters. New Moon was so well written and it captures the emotions so well without trying to hide from unhappy things.
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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer