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Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Last book of supernatural soap saga is slightly more mature.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 81 parent reviews

age 12+

Wow. Just wow.

Here's the story: Bella and Edward get married. Finally. Bella and Edward go on a honeymoon in Brazil. Bella gets pregnant with half vampire child. Bella nearly dies from birth, but she's bitten. Bella is a vampire. The Volturi think Nessi is an immortal child. And it goes on and on like that. For 700+ pages. Well. If you have read the books before this, you'll be shocked by how... graphic it is. From a 50 page honeymoon, and a horrific birth scene. I think if you're 12 or older you can read this, but it's nothing like Twilight, where the most intimate moment was one kiss. No, this is bed-breaking honeymoon romance. And the violence - the birth scene - was out of a horror novel. Messages: 2/5 - Bella and Edward are loving parents to Renesme, the family makes sacrifices for each other, and teamwork is a theme. Role Models: 3/5 - Bella and Edward are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their daughter safe. The rest of the Cullen family is a Educational Value: 0/5 - Yeah, no. No educational value. Swearing: 1/5 - Like one bad word. Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: 0/5 - Nothing. Champagne is served at Bella and Edward's wedding. Romance: 3/5 - Like mentioned before, the bed-breaking honeymoon is probably too much for some kids. Violence: 4/5 - Purely for the birth scene out of a horror novel. You might want to have your kid skip this. Overall, if you can handle it, it's a great book with a satisfying ending.
age 14+

Not for young kids

As my eldest daughter had wanted to read this for so long, I decided to let her read book one only, while I screened the other books in the series. I was very disappointed. For a series that normally sensible parents of my daughter's friends praised, it was filled with violence, steamy scenes, sex, and even childbirth. This is like a slightly less horrible version of 50 shades of grey! To add to this, the story's plotline is murky, with the buildup going nowhere. Do not let your child read this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (81 ):
Kids say (399 ):

Fans finally get what they want at the beginning of this fourth book in the bestselling Twilight Saga: a fairytale wedding, a honeymoon, and s-e-x. Once that's out of the way, teens who are just in it for the romance shouldn't go any further. The small percentage of readers who are in it for the blood and supernatural creatures will find both, but one of the creatures turns out to be pretty bizarre and ridiculous, and there aren't enough compelling plot twists and suspenseful moments to carry the book through the full 755 pages. There's plenty of talking, though. And fear that something really sinister is coming for all of them. But when the force they all fear does finally come for them, all the build-up goes nowhere.

All the books in the series always ran too long, but they made up for the length with fun fantasy characters, plenty of romantic tension, and a good final battle at the end. This time the characters get everything they want at the beginning of the book and leave fans hanging at the end.

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