Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

Love is a bit obsessive in suspenseful 3rd vampire book.

What parents need to know

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

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Stephenie Meyer
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:August 7, 2007
Number of pages:629

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Adult Written byINMH March 24, 2012
age 14+

This Book Disgusts Me. Seriously.

Parents, seriously talk to your kid when they read this book. Edward and Bella do NOT have a healthy relationship: He bribes his sister to hold Bella hostage for a night, and dismantles part of her car engine so that she can't go visting Jacob. At one point, he even stalks her in his car as she's driving to a friend's house in a scene that would not be out of place in a Lifetime movie about a crazy ex-husband tormenting his wife. And also, in this book, Jacob becomes just as bad as Edward- He LITERALLY forces physical contact on Bella and breaks her wrist in the process. I don't even see how this book is supposed to be romantic: It's disturbing. The most troublesome thing about this book is that all of this behavior is normalized. No one ever really, SERIOUSLY calls Edward or Jacob out on their behavior (and I'm reasonably certain that the word "abusive" is never used), and they're the MAIN MALE LEADS. They ARE the role models, and their behavior is barely addressed. Make sure your kids understand that Edward and Bella's (as well as Jacob and Bella's) relationship is NOT something they'll want in real life. If they're mature enough to see it for what it really is, then by all means, let them have a go at it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old October 12, 2009
age 12+

Not inapproprate for a 12 year-old.

It's an awesome book, I really like it. It's my favorite. Some parents may think it's too much, but really, it's not. Breaking Dawn, at least 13. But 12 is okay for Eclipse. On another note, I'm a little irritated that I'm still a "Kid Reviewer" at age 12.
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Great messages
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2011
age 5+


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