Parents' Guide to

Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Obsessive vampire romance is absorbing and fun.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 126 parent reviews

age 12+

It's fine for kids!

So... the book that started it all. The book that started the saga, the movies, and the arguments over who Bella should wind up with. When I first read this, I loved it. The writing was very descriptive, the characters were developed enough. The length was a little repetitive, but some books are just longer than others. I gave it 4 stars because of the length and how some chapters were too drawn out for me. It is about a teenage girl named Bella Swan who moves to Forks, Washington. She meets Edward Cullen, who surprise, is a vampire. As for the age rating, it was probably the most mild book I've ever read. No swearing, no drinking/drugs/smoking, the romance isn't graphic. In fact, one would argue there is not a lot of actual romance in this book. Violence is limited to one short chapter, which you can skip or not. Parents complain about how Bella's a horrible role model, and the relationship is unhealthy, and how they don't want their daughter to make those decisions. They do have a point, but here's the thing: This is not Moxie. This is not Miss Americana. This is a fun read about a human/vampire relationship. Bella is not supposed to be a role model. I would say that while this book doesn't exactly have "positive messages" it does have plenty of redeeming value. My main point about this is: Does this sound familiar? Beautiful blonde cheerleader and star football player fall in love. They're both rich, have great parents, and are perfect. In Twilight, however, Bella is an outcast. She is neither beautiful or rich or perfect, but her kindness is why people want to be around her. And it shows you, you can have messy hair and not love to wear dresses and not be rich and still be in a relationship with the person at your school everyone wants.
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age 13+

Bella's just like us ....human

Though many people think that the leading character Bella is uninteresting because shes not like a modern day heroine , I think that's what makes her so relatable to so many people . She's shy , awkward , clumsy and she's a lot like most people she's very human .

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Fans of obsessive and impossible romances swoon over this hot-vampire story despite its length and some excessive moony-ness. Moony-ness as in the million ways love-struck Bella describes Edward as perfect. Here's one: "I couldn't imagine how an angel could be any more glorious. There was nothing about him that could be improved upon." Really, Bella? He gets angry awfully easily and he watches you sleep. Still, with the world of teen romance so hard to navigate, there's something about having your love life all figured out in one date. And author Stephenie Meyer may not write with economy or brilliant turns of phrase, but she builds up the romantic tension successfully.

Meyer is also successful at building her curious world of vampires. It's clear she's carefully considered each of her minor characters. Their origin stories of how each turned and joined the coven add an extra layer to this fantasy world. The setting in small-town Washington also adds appeal. The rain-soaked green and aliveness of Forks make the presence of deathly pale vampires in the town even more surreal. But readers will mostly sink their fangs into Twilight for the dramatic romance, and there's plenty of that here and in the rest of the series.

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