A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, aside from some kissing, some sex talk, and one violent fight, the main concern here is how Bella is portrayed. This book follows the conventions of a typical romance novel -- the heroine is completely helpless, and completely obsessed with her love, and this is portrayed as perfectly OK instead of troubling. In Book 2 Edward attempted suicide when he thought Bella was dead. In this one, Jacob threatens it if Bella chooses Edward. Overall Bella doesn't have healthy relationships, yet they're not portrayed as unhealthy -- just romantic.
What's the story?
Bella and dashing vampire Edward are back together, but Jacob (the teen Native American werewolf) wants to win Bella over for himself. Of course, she wants to become a vampire right after high school graduation, much to Jacob's horror -- but Edward refuses unless she marries him first (much to Jacob's even greater horror). Meanwhile Victoria, the vengeful vampire, is still out to get Bella, and Seattle seems to be infested with new, young vampires on a killing spree. And the two problems may be related. So ancient enemies, vampires and werewolves, join forces to protect Bella and solve both problems -- before the ancient Italian vampires intervene.
Is it any good?
Those who don't find hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of pages of mooning over hunky vampires appealing will read the plot synopsis, roll their eyes, and move on. Those who enjoy moody fantasy romance, though -- and we know there are lots of teens that do -- will find that ECLIPSE is very well done. Author Stephenie Meyer's writing style will keep readers turning pages even when there is nothing much happening (which is most of the time). Plus, there is a lot more suspense in this entry than in last two in the Twilight series, as well as a pretty entertaining climactic battle (though much of it happens offstage). Fans won't find a final resolution here, so they will be eager to bite into Meyer's fourth book to see what happens next.
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