New Moon by Stephenie Meyer Book-Talk
Title: New Moon
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Page Count: 563
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Romance / Fantasy)
Published: August 21, 2006
Movie Adaptation: November 20, 2009
New Moon is the second book in the Twilight Saga. The book picks up on Bella Swan’s 18th birthday. After a scare at the Cullens’ house her boyfriend, Edward Cullen, decides to leave their town of Forks, Washington for her safety. The story follows Bella going through the aftermath of the family’s departure. Jacob Black and the La Push community become a large part of the book.
I have only read New Moon once prior to this month— back when I was in middle school. Reading this again, now that I have gone through my own high school years, has made the story even better. The book is split between Bella’s depression, her acting like a typical high school teenager, and her discovering even more layers to her small town. While the book is long, it does not feel like it drags. Instead Meyer’s writing makes it feel like you are reading Bella’s diary and living through her life at her side.
Romance is not my favorite genre, but I have always enjoyed the Twilight series. There is enough adventure in the plot lines to keep me hooked. If you read the books while listening to the movie soundtracks and score, it makes the whole experience even better. This series was definitely judged too harshly— it is a fun read and a great escape.