I can admit when I am wrong, I'm a big person. A grown woman that is allowed to occasionally make quick judgments about books, therefore deciding not to read them and be very, very wrong in her decision. That is the case with Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer. Now...I do not read horror books. I don't like them, never have. No Stephen King for me. I have never, ever read a vampire book and had never planned to. Just didn't interest me. Again...I was wrong. Stephanie Meyer has changed my tune. I now yearn for all things Bella and Edward....I'm pining for a vampire and his human girlfriend. I was soooo wrong and I will never judge a book about vampires again. Unless it's by Ann Rice. I draw the line. Just kidding, Just kidding!!! No more judging.
Bella Swan moves to constantly overcast Forks, Washington from sunny Phoenix, Arizona in order to live with her dad, Charlie. Bella is on great terms with her mom, but knows she and her step dad want to travel with his baseball team and with Bella around they feel guilty. Bella, a very mature 17 year old, makes the decision to move to the tiny town of Forks, knowing she'll hate it instantly. She makes a couple of girlfriends pretty quickly, but is incredibly intrigued by a small group of teens that stand out in school. The Cullen family, made up of two girls and three boys, is amazingly beautiful and rich. Everyone in school is in love with them, yet they don't talk to anyone. A complete mystery to the students, especially Bella.
When Edward Cullen becomes her lab partner in Biology, Bella becomes smitten. She can't help herself, he is just so beautiful. Over the course of the semester, Edward reluctantly befriends Bella and they both begin to realize that they're being pulled together by some invisible force. Bella begins learning more and more about Edward and his family, eventually realizing that they are, in fact, vampires. As Bella and Edward become more involved, they soon realize Bella's life is in danger and drastic measures must be taken in order for her to remain alive.
I really, really, really loved this book! I actually listened to the audio book while walking every night and it got me exercising much more than I have been! I really enjoyed Bella's character, strong, mature, yet still anxious and scared about relationships and normal girl things. Edward and Alice were my favorite of the Cullens, though I adored Esme as well. The whole story was just mesmerizing and I am absolutely forcing myself to wait to read/listen to the 2nd in the series. I know if I devour it as quickly as this one, I'll move on to the third and then I'll be left without any to look forward to! I highly recommend this book, though I know I'm one of the last to read it. If you haven't, please pick it up. It's very much worth it!