Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Love is a bit obsessive in suspenseful 3rd vampire book.
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age 12+
Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 209 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

Even teens who don't consider themselves readers may find themselves racing through this long romantic fantasy -- as well as the other big books in this series.

Positive messages

There is a whole "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" theme going on here as ancient foes -- vampires and werewolves -- join forces to protect Bella.

Positive role models & representations

Bella is a helpless damsel in distress, and her life completely revolves around her love, from whom she can't stand to be separated, and for whom she will make any sacrifice, including her family and life. On the other hand, readers will empathize with the difficult choice facing her (Edward's love or Jacob's friendship) and be impressed that two men are able to put aside their feud to work together.


Vampires fight and dismember one another, with some help from werewolves. Body parts fly. A helpless teen vampire who has surrendered is killed anyway.


Kissing. Lots of kissing. Bella wants to have sex, but Edward says no. Bella's father awkwardly tries to have a sex talk with her.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 2 year old Written bycarebear5674 February 9, 2011
While I began reading the whole series, this is the one that stuck out to me the most because Bella began to put on the pressure to add sex to the relationship.... Continue reading
Educator Written byEnglish teacher April 18, 2009

Worst of the four, but still fun

What parents need to know is this book is heavy on themes of sacrifice and "love". This is a problem because Meyer never, in all 4 books, distinguish... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycatwiz97 October 1, 2009
It's great! I think stephenie meyer is a great writer and she deserves the popularity. YAY!! I am not a humongo twi fanatic, but I will be going out to see... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bylexy11 July 31, 2009

16+ great read

Love it! once you start reading it u can't put it down. If your 16+ then you know this isn't real, and relationships aren't like this. Other than... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bella's relationship with Edward. It is portrayed as romantic -- do you think it is, or is it more like obsessive? Is it healthy?

  • Why do you think the Twilight series, with the books and now the movies, is so popular, even with adults?

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