In New Moon, Bella celebrates her recovery from the vampire attack, as well as her birthday, with Edward and the rest of the Cullen family. When she accidentally cuts herself, sparking an awful reaction by the family, Bella feels horrible. She hates being human while everyone she loves is a vampire. Matters are made even worse when Edward decides he and his family are going to leave Forks, and Bella. He tries to explain that it's better for her to be around humans, not vampires, but Bella doesn't understand. She falls into a deep depression, ignoring her father, her friends, and everything around her.
After almost 6 months of despair, Bella's life finally begins to look up when she finds a good friend in Jacob Black. She spends all of her time with Jacob and finally learns to smile again, and then becomes privy to an awful secret Jacob and his friends share. Bella needs to decide what to do with the information she has learned, while keeping Jacob as her friend and most importantly- herself alive. When Edward is suddenly thrust back into her life unexpectedly, Bella is even more overwhelmed and ultimately in a struggle to save everyone.
This novel wasn't quite as exciting as Twilight, but I think that's only due to the major lack of Edward throughout the story. He's probably my favorite character from the first book and since he didn't spend a lot of time on the pages of this one, I was a little disappointed, but not enough to keep me from loving this one. Even if you aren't a vampire book fan, I definitely suggest you picking this one up....I already converted several bloggers to be Stephanie Meyer fans...you could be next!