Saturday, November 8, 2008

Yes, I am a Grown Up

My niece JessJess had been urging me to read the Stephanie Meyer books for a year now....
She came to visit this summer and left me the first 3 books of the series.
She came back later in the summer and I had not read the first one, so she took them home.
I guess I just figured I, a grown up librarian, literary intellect that I was- could not possible love young adult novels concerning vampires.
Was I ever wrong.
Jess came back to visit last weekend and brought me Twilight, the first book in the series.
I began reading it on Sunday afternoon and was hooked. I hurried the children to bed, took it to work, stayed up way too late and finished it in no time.
Bella Swan is the heroine of the tale and we are immediately drawn to her story.

Moving to Forks, Washington, the least sunny place in the USA, was a choice she did not really want to make, but one she choose out of determination to do what she needed to do.
Charlie is her stranger father and she moves there to live with him and give her mom and her new husband some freedom.
Bella is a strong, smart protagonist that the reader is intrigued by throughout the book.
One does not have to be a 16 year old female to get caught up in the suspense and mystery Bella discovers.
The school, the town the folks Bella meets all play a role in the unfolding of Twilight.
The Cullen family catches Bella's attention from day one, especially the beautiful Edward.
Edward is a pale, loner who drives a shiny new Volvo and associated only with his family.
She is so unsure of his behavior, yet knows she must get to know the true him.
She ends up sitting next to him in one class and his behavior is very bizarre.
Thus begins Bella's journey to find herself, her destiny and her first, true love.
He saves her life, she becomes his.
But is Edward really alive? Edward is not really 17, but closer to 100. He is changed, not alive, not dead. Edward is a vampire who chooses to live in the human world.
Bella learns all the family secrets and strengths.
Despite her fear that she seems to control, despite Jacob, an Indian boy and his people's warnings, Bella continues to see Edward and risk her life.
Edward's family open up to Bella because of their loyalty to Edward and the chain of events
that leads to the thrilling ending to this tale simply leave you
to rush to the library or store if the library is certainly all get your next fix.....

As I did on Friday. I just dove in to the 2nd book and am surely not disappointed.
While billed as Young Adult fiction, Meyer can hold your attention, peak your curiosity, invade your dreams and grab you soul.....just as Edward can Bella's.
If you have not heard of these books, check out Twilight soon.
So you can see the movie.
RULE: You have to read a book before seeing it's movie.

A group of my co-workers and I have a movie and dinner discussion planned soon to share our interest in the books. As a library specialist and educator, I love to see a series of books grab young people and hook them on the wondrous world that books can open up.
Forks, Washington is a destination you do not want to miss, teenage girl or not!

It’s possible to take bravery to the point where it becomes insanity.

I love you more than everything else in the world combined. Isn’t that enough?

Yes, it is enough.

Enough for forever.

"Twilight again, he murmured." Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end."

"Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does."

I may even have to get a t-shirt.!


Leigh said...

I am too! So good!

HEWY said...

I read the series b/c my daughters wanted to read it. It was great but the last book was kinda intense. We pre-ordered tickets for the premier at the Alabaster theater!