I am glad I came into the Twilight series rather late. When I read Twilight, all the books in the trilogy were already out. Good thing, because if I had have to wait until the release of the next book like I’ve had to do with Harry Potter, I would have been in agony. Agony that is so gut wrenching and debilitating as that of which Bella suffers through on this second book, New Moon.
The first book, Twilight, you feel the exhiliration of butterflies in your tummy as Bella and Edward fall in love. You forget that Edward is a vampire, you just remember what it is like to discover love. That mingling of excitement, fear and joy that churns the pit of your stomach to the point that you don’t know whether you will need to sit from weakness or jump with giddiness.
You just know everything has to be alright when New Moon opens and Edward and Bella are ensconced in their love for each other. Bella celebrates her birthday with Edward’s family, the Cullens; Emily, Edward’s sister, having gone all out with the party preparations. Everything was perfect… Until a slight mishap causes Bella to slice open her finger and suddenly she finds herself in a room full of vampires while her blood slowly oozes out.
As with many a romantic story, Edward, ever gallant as he is, decides Bella would be better off without him. In short, he decides to break up with her and leave her life forever.
Not everyone finds the love of their life the first time around, but Bella did. Edward is her soul, her mate. Without him, her life is nothing. You suffer with her as you read each agonizing word that described her devastation. You too become a zombie just so you don’t feel that gaping hole in the hollow of your stomach. I cried for her when she couldn’t cry anymore because it hurts so damn much. I could relate. Any woman probably could.
With Edward gone, Bella turns to her old friend Jacob for solace. Jacob was ready and waiting to fill that void. But of course, it wouldn’t be right to just let them be, would it? What are the chances that the same girl who falls head over heels over a vampire would have a werewolf for a best friend? Yes, as most readers probably have guessed from the first book, Jacob Black is a werewolf and he loves Isabella.
Did I not say before that this series is worthy of merely being classified as teen fiction? The characters may be young but some of the issues dealt with in this series are much older than most of us. Stephenie Meyer is a master story teller. This series is one of the best I’ve read. I read Twilight twice and while I sped through New Moon and Eclipse, I am ready to relive the whole series again.