A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers can compare this version of vampire and werewolf lore with other versions throughout literature and film.
The original Twilight book summary nails it perfectly: "Captures the struggle between defying instincts and satisfying desires." This version also explores gender expectations and biases in a discussion-worthy way. Would most teen boys feel comfortable with a much stronger girlfriend? Is it strange when we talk about a boy smelling good instead of a girl? Do boys fight over girls the same way girls fight over boys, or is the dynamic different? Why?
Positive Role Models
Beau is comfortable with Edyth being the rescuer here. Edyth is stronger and savvier about her world. The only fault she admits is a temper. Beau fumbles through his new reality with a lot of self-doubt and self-criticism, constantly talking about how amazing Edyth is compared to him.
Violence & Scariness
A gun is pulled on Beau by a gang. A vampire hunts a human, breaking bones, causing intense pain, and nearly killing him. A fear of kidnapping. A sad funeral. A car accident causes minor injuries. Violent stories of how the vampires in Edyth's coven were turned. One was attacked by a bear, another threw himself off a cliff after his wife went mad and threw herself and his daughter off a cliff, another watched her parents die of Spanish influenza first, another watched her father killed out of revenge before she was turned.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some passionate kissing.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
"Hell" and "dammit" once or twice.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
Car brands, over-the-counter drugs, soft drinks.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beau uses cold medication as a sleep aid. Repeated talk comparing the intensity of feelings and cravings to drug addiction.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is a full novel slapped on the back of the Twilight Tenth Anniversary Edition that swaps the genders of most of the characters from the original and keeps most of the story exactly the same. A foreword from author Stephenie Meyer explains why some minor changes were made, and an afterword discusses some surprises we won’t spoil here. The only kids who will be interested in this version will be those who've read the original, so you already know what to expect: some vampire violence and nothing beyond passionate kissing. Also expect some great discussion about what's so different about the feel of this version. Some will cheer on Beau (formerly Bella) for falling for a much stronger, savvier girlfriend. Some will find other parts a little odd, such as that the scent of a boy, as opposed to a girl, can be so talked about and seem so attractive.
Is It Any Good?
This reimagined Twilight with swapped genders (Bella is Beau, Edward is Edyth) and most of the same content will primarily interest Twi-hards and anyone in a gender studies class. Sometimes the changes work, sometimes they don't. On the working side: It's less weird that Edyth glistens in the sunlight. And more normal -- to the point of being mundane -- is Beau and his father Charlie's taciturn relationship. It's what made Bella more intriguing, this joy in solitude over gabbing with her friends, and what makes Beau kind of boring. In general, Beau's a bit dull and half-formed.
Things that don't quite work: There's no way a teen boy's smell will bring anyone, no matter the species, into raptures. And some of the surprises near the end are too expository for a big finish. And no matter what, a story narrated by a girl, especially one that feels the way many teen girls feel at some point in their development, will resonate more with teen girl readers. So even if they take a shine to Beau and admire Edyth for being so strong and lethal, it will be hard to identify with, and obsess over, LIFE AND DEATH in the same way.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Romantic Fantasy Books for Teens
Vampire, Werewolf, and Zombie Books
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate