Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2005.
Summary: Bella Swan is the new girl in Forks, a small rainy north west town. Not long after moving to live with her father, Bella notices some strange kids at school. They are unusually attractive, pale, and anti social. After several awkward encounters with one of the males, Edward, Bella starts to wonder what his secret is. Edward steps in and saves Bella from her clumsiness and accident prone nature. First when she almost smashed by an out of control car and second when she gets lost and almost becomes victim of a rape. Soon Bella learns that Edward is a vampire who both cares about her and at the same time wants to suck her blood! Edward constantly battles his desire for her both physically and mentally. When Bella becomes the target of another vampire, Bella must choose between her life and saving her new ill fated love.
Tattered Cover says: The tension and frustration of these star crossed lovers matches perfectly the sexual tension of teenagers. This is a page turner. Twilight is a totally absorbing read! The characters and setting seem so real which is an amazing accomplishment for a writer of science fiction. Somehow Meyer makes everyone want to be in love with a vampire and live in a world where dangerous and beautiful creatures abound!
How to use this in a library: Great book for a book/fan club. This book would also be great for reluctant readers. Kids seem to be obsessed with this book and the series and I can see why. I would introduce it to anyone who says they do not like to read.
School Library Journal (October 1, 2005)
"Headstrong, sun-loving, 17-year-old Bella declines her mom's invitation to move to Florida, and instead reluctantly opts to move to her dad's cabin in the dreary, rainy town of Forks, WA. She becomes intrigued with Edward Cullen, a distant, stylish, and disarmingly handsome senior, who is also a vampire. When he reveals that his specific clan hunts wildlife instead of humans, Bella deduces that she is safe from his blood-sucking instincts and therefore free to fall hopelessly in love with him. The feeling is mutual, and the resulting volatile romance smolders as they attempt to hide Edward's identity from her family and the rest of the school. Meyer adds an eerie new twist to the mismatched, star-crossed lovers theme: predator falls for prey, human falls for vampire. This tension strips away any pretense readers may have about the everyday teen romance novel, and kissing, touching, and talking take on an entirely new meaning when one small mistake could be life-threatening. Bella and Edward's struggle to make their relationship work becomes a struggle for survival, especially when vampires from an outside clan infiltrate the Cullen territory and head straight for her. As a result, the novel's danger-factor skyrockets as the excitement of secret love and hushed affection morphs into a terrifying race to stay alive. Realistic, subtle, succinct, and easy to follow, Twilight will have readers dying to sink their teeth into it".-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.