Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

Book review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Last book of supernatural soap saga is slightly more mature.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 80 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 392 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

This book may appeal to fantasy- and romance-loving teens, even those who don't exactly consider themselves to be readers.

Positive Messages

Sacrificing everything for those you love and embracing your gifts are two big themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Finally Bella gets to be a stronger character here, an equal to her new husband. How she's willing to get there, though, is a little frightening.


One extremely gory supernatural childbirth scene with lots of blood, breaking bones, and a near death. Vampires hunt and feed on large game in the forest.


After she's married at 18, Bella has sex with her vampire husband, but it's not described in detail. She also has feelings of desire. Werewolves are naked when they transform back into humans.


The Cullens own a lot of high-end cars, which are mentioned by brand name. The vampire family buys many extravagant gifts and wears each of their designer outfits only once.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Morphine is given to a human in pain.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is enormously popular with teen and older tween girls. The main characters -- Bella, 18, mortal, and Edward, vampire -- have sex after they're married. Little is described in detail except that broken furniture and bruises are found on the next day (thanks to vampire super-strength). The goriest part of the book is a supernatural birth scene with lots and lots of blood, cracking bones, and near death. Vampires spend half the book fearing for their lives and the lives of family and friends.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAna T. April 22, 2017
I think that 11 years old are mature enough to understand this book. My kid read it at 10 and she adored. I read it to it's a great book.
Adult Written byAshBlair1213 March 8, 2020

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 d... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byElissia.rosie.may February 24, 2020

Poor plot, yet lovable characters

The issue with this series is that I was so invested in the characters- could not tell you why. Each character held a place in my heart and I truly cared about... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 27, 2012

What's the story?

Despite Bella's initial reluctance to be a teen bride, she and her beloved vampire Edward tie the knot at the beginning of BREAKING DAWN. Then comes the honeymoon ... which leaves Bella pregnant with a baby that saps her strength and health as quickly as it grows inside her. The baby's birth leads to massive changes in the lives of all of the series' main characters, particularly werewolf Jacob and Bella herself. It could also lead to more trouble from the meddling Italian Volturi -- which prompts the Cullens to recruit a virtual army ready to stand by their side at any cost.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the series. What draws so many super fans to the books? The romance? Melodrama? Supernatural elements? Very handsome characters?

  • This is the conclusion to a series that already included three verrrrrry long books Did it live up to your expectations, or did you think this book is too long? How would you have written it differently?

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For kids who love vampires

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