New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

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Second book in vampire series drips with action and romance.
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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.

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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Teen, 13 years old Written byCf-Panda777 August 26, 2010

NO one should ever read this book. Ever!!!

This is one of the worst books ever written. This book teaches girls that just because you're boyfriend dumps you it's okay to engage in self-destructive behavior. Bella is the worst role model any girl could ever find, she's a boring, self-pitying, moron who can't function without her angsty, emotionally abusive, stalker boyfriend. This book is appropriate for ten year-old's, but I don't think they should ever read it. It will turn them into obbsevive little fangirls, who need to go get a life. If you want to read this book, go buy a copy, burn it, and go read a real book. If you're strapped for cash, cut out the middle part and just to read a real book. Here are several suggestions: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes Call of the Wild by Jack London Watership Down, by Richards Adams All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot SO if you ever have the urge to read New Moon, or any other book in the Twilight 'Saga', just look at the list of books above, They're all awesome, plus they're well written and have a plot, two things all of Stephanie Meyer's books lack.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Better than the first...

In Stephenie Meyer's first book, Twilight, nothing really exciting happened for the first 100 pages. The only thing that kept me reading was to find out what was up with Edward Cullen's strange behavior. But after I found out that Edward and his family were vampires, I couldn't put the book down. When I finished it, I went to the bookstore the very next day to get the sequel, New Moon. New Moon had a lot more action than Twilight, and the pace was definately a lot faster. I must say, though, reading the book for about 300 pages without the Cullens in it was painful. Edward and his family are really what make Bella's dull life exciting. And since the books are told from Bella's point of view, it took the excitement out of the book. But I read on because there was a little excitement with Jacob and the werewolves. But just like Twilight, the end of the book had me reading on for hours and hours until I finished it. Fans of Twilight might be a little disappointed by the abcense of the vampires, but as usual, Stephenie Meyer's writing style and ability to keep you reading even when there really isn't any action in the book at all will have readers on the edge of their seats.
Teen, 13 years old Written byshark710 April 9, 2008

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