Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Last book of supernatural soap saga is slightly more mature.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 81 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 396 reviews

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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.

This title has:

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Too much sex
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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