New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

Common Sense Media says

Second book in vampire series drips with action and romance.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

There is more action in this sequel, so teen fans will have no trouble racing through it -- and then taking on the next installments in this popular series.

Positive messages

Readers will pick up themes here about the strength of romantic love. Also, there is a good against evil thing going on as a bad vampire tries to take revenge on Edward.

Positive role models

Bella engages in reckless and dangerous behavior in the name of being upset over a boyfriend. She also plays with another boy's emotions. But readers will relate to her romantic misery and find it easy to root for her as she races to save Edward from ending his life.

Violence

Threats and implied offstage deaths. Bella accidentally gets cut and vampires have to be forcibly restrained. Also, Bella discovers that when she does risky and dangerous things, she can hear Edward's voice in her head -- so she takes up motorcycling and cliff diving. Plus, she is being stalked by another vampire out for revenge against Edward.

Sex

Some passionate kissing.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Car brands. Fast food.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A mention of selling meth.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while very mild by the standards of its genre, this is a vampire romance, so there is talk about blood and romantic kissing. There is more action in this sequel, so teen fans will have no trouble racing through it -- and then taking on the next installments in this popular series. Readers will relate to Bella's romantic misery and find it easy to root for her as she races to save Edward from ending his life.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In this sequel to Twilight, Bella reluctantly attends a birthday party in her honor given by her beloved Edward's vampire family, the Cullens. But when she accidentally gets cut and members of the family have to be forcibly restrained, Edward decides that he's simply too dangerous for her -- and the only solution is to leave. With the Cullens gone, Bella sinks into abject misery and depression for months. Her only solace is her growing friendship with Jacob. She also discovers that when she does risky and dangerous things, she can hear Edward's voice in her head -- so she takes up motorcycling and cliff diving. But Jacob is going through some horrifying changes of his own, and Bella is being stalked by another vampire out for revenge against Edward.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If the plot summary sounds a little silly, that's because ... well, it is. But it's terrifically readable silliness, which is a good thing, since NEW MOON is even longer than Twilight, its overlong predecessor. It also has lots more action and plot, though not until Bella mopes around, pining after Edward for 200 pages.

Fans of the first novel may be disappointed that Edward is hardly in this one, which focuses on the flatter personality of Bella. But author Stephenie Meyer does pining as well as she did true love in the first book: It's exaggerated but engrossing -- at least until you put down the book and think about what you've been reading. But the target audience, teen girls, won't mind. Romantic misery has its appeal, and this author does it better than most, all the while keeping the objectionable content low and the suspense and excitement rolling.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of this series. What do you think makes it so appealing? Why has it sparked such a plethora of fantasy and vampire media?

  • Have you seen the Twilight movies? How do the adaptations compare to the books? Are movies ever as good as the original text? What would you have done differently if you were the director?

Book details

Author:Stephenie Meyer
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:September 1, 2006
Number of pages:563
Publisher's recommended age(s):12

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Adult Written byAstoria-Malfoy August 24, 2009
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12
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again this series is way too anti-feminist, Romance shouldn't be about killing yourself. Bella tries to kill herself becuase she feels bad, we all feel bad at some point, but the brave ones stand up to life, the cowards, try to jump off a clif. Also Bella needs protection from Men, either Edward or Jacob she is a Mary sue. Meyer is a horrible writter
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 15 year old Written bySummertime803 March 8, 2010
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8
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My least favorite so far.........

Loved the first novel. This one wasn't very good at all. Bella used every word in the dictionary to describe how terrible she felt. I don't think this sends the right message to us girls. Our world shouldn't stop because we lose a boyfriend. It may be hard at first but this type of pain and anquish shouldn't be glorified for a teenager.
Educator and Parent of a 9, 12, 14, and 22 year old Written bySunniemom March 21, 2011
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16
QUALITY
 

Fluff and nonsense

More drama, more whining, more lies from Bella to everyone she knows. She also engages in self destructive behavior because Edward left. Bella begins a somewhat romantic relationship with Jacob, leading him on then dumping cold water on his head. Edward is also a drama king, with his "I'm going to stand in the sun at noon and sparkle so the Volturi will kill me." Why not just walk right up to Aro and start a fight? But then Alice wouldn't get to steal a car. :/ Then the Cullens and Bella leave the Volturi to eat the tourists. I have a moral objection to that. Plot holes galore, with vampires who sparkle in the daytime traveling by air from WA to Italy and back. Alice's powers are simply a plot device. Victoria's obsession with Bella makes no sense, and her ability to elude the werewolves and vampires is ludicrous. And did Bella quit going to school? Again- read it with your kids if you must so that you can help them become critical thinkers and intelligent readers. You don't want them to think that because these novels are popular money makers that they are quality literature.

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