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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
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Sep 10, 2008

it was ok

** spoiler alert ** Like an over-hyped movie often fails to measure up, the much hailed Twilight fell flat for me. The one-dimensional story line lacked sub plots and depth. The whole book was essentially all dialog and very little action or plot. The female character, Bella, was annoyingly and unrealistically helpless and her boyfriend, Edward, seemed all too consumed by his "duty" to protect her from herself--to the extent that I found his comments on her clumsiness to be condescending rather than chivalrous. Sadly, Twilight was not for me what it has been for so many others who love the series and are smitten by Edward.

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Christine Oh sooo true...I certainly was annoyed by her "desperate" love. If I had daughters I would not want them to long for an Edward--he doesn't exist, nor should they. The message on so many levels is not healthy for teenage girls. However, as a mature married woman, I couldn't put the book down (although I hid it from public view with a book cover.) After starting it, I was hooked in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Like a chocolate cake in the middle of the night...I couldn't stop reading and I certainly didn't want anyone to know.

2 Stars for literary and moral merit

3 Stars for page turning quality

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