Twilight Book Review: A Guy's Perspective!

by Billy Fisher

Yes I know, I should be ashamed of myself, but it is one of those sacrifices that you make when you are married.

To be honest with you, I was intrigued by the concept of this book.  I try to read as much as possible, and I like finding new authors.  Well, I figured that since this was a #1 bestseller that it couldn't be that bad.  It wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that good either.  I am not saying that it was the worst book that I have ever read.  It just doesn't rank that high on my favorite book list.

The story is about a girl named Bella (Isabella) Swan, she is a seventeen year old girl who moves from Phoenix AZ. to Forks Washington.  The reason for the move is because her mom is going to move to Florida with her new man.  So Bella decides to move to the ever cloudy town of Forks to live with her father.  While in Forks, Bella makes friends but she has an unusual run in with the local enigma Edward Cullen.  Edward and his siblings are the loners of the school, but unlike most high school loners, the Cullen children are the most attractive kids at school.  As time goes on, Edward warms up to Bella, and she notices that he is not like everyone else she knows.  As the two start to fall in love with one another, Bella's childhood friend Jacob, tells her that the local Indian tribe thinks that the Cullen family are vampires.  The rest of the story is what happens when Edward's and Bella's worlds collide.

As a whole, Stephenie Meyer's writing style is very easy to read.  She has a great way of keeping the flow of the story.  You never feel like she is throwing something into the story just to add on a few pages.  I do wish that there was a little more action in the book.  I was really anticipating the end sequence, because I thought there was going to be an suspense-filled, nail biting, action scene.  Unfortunately, I did not get what I hoped for.  Through out the book there is constant fore-shadowing of what will happen in future books.  I am used to writers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz where you don't notice any of the fore-shadowing until you are finished with the book and you think back and say "Oh Yeah! I totally get that now!".  Meyer's fore-shadowing is so obvious that you can actually smell it as you are reading.  

There are some really good things about this book that I have to mention.  The first is one of the most important, this is a clean book.  There is no nudity, it is not graphic in any way that would keep you from letting your children read it.  In the way that society is going today, that is something that is hard to find.  Second, it is really easy to read.  My wife and I have taken turns reading it to each other while the we are taking care of our baby.  No matter how tired you are, you won't miss a thing.  

For all of you crazy Twilight fans out there, I have some news for you.  I recently watched an interview with Stephenie Meyer, and she gave some interesting information.  It turns out that her newest book, Breaking Dawn, may be the last installment of Bella's story, but the characters of the Twilight stories are not done.  She feels that there is still more to add, just not from Bella's perspective.  So for you die hard fans, it is not all over.  

All in all, this was a good book.  It kept my interest.  So, if you have an inkling of an interest in this book, I would say read it.  Then you can at least see what all of the hype is all about.  Please let me know what you think.  Until next time!

McMurphy Out!


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