Bhaskar is a professional book reviewer with OnlineBookClub.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is a novel that has diverse elements like comedy, romance, supernatural phenomena, and thrill. It is narrated from the point-of-view of the protagonist, Isabella Swan, lovingly called Bella by her friends and family. She is a seventeen-year-old who is afraid of getting excessive attention and stumbles a lot while walking. The story is majorly set in the Washington state of the U.S.A. with some final developments being in Phoenix (Arizona). Although the novel and its characters are fictional, the locations mentioned in the book are very much real. Although Bella and her boyfriend are not yet eighteen (or legally adult), the story can easily be categorized under the young-adult fiction genre.
In the third paragraph of the preface itself, an amazingly beautiful but rational thought has been typed, “When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.” This thought gives a great ideal to live with.
The vocabulary used by Stephenie is very charming. The choice of words didn’t let me get bored till the end of the novel. Stephenie has used real-world locations as part of this novel, which gives it a touch of realism.
Bella’s sarcasm surely made me laugh a lot of times. For example, she once mused, “In Gym, we had a lecture on the rules of badminton, the next torture they had lined up for me. But at least it meant I got to sit and listen instead of stumbling around the court. The best part was the coach didn’t finish, so I got another day off tomorrow. Never mind that the day after they would arm me with a racket before unleashing me on the rest of the class.”
She even modified some adages for her usage. For example, when Bella got a free truck as her homecoming present, she tells the reader, “I never looked a free truck in the mouth, or engine.” The detailed description of some of the scenes or places made me feel like I saw every part of it. In my opinion, the description of First Beach at La Push was the best.
In the novel, Edward Cullen (Bella’s boyfriend) taught me an essential lesson, “… just because we’ve been… dealt a certain hand… it doesn’t mean that we can’t choose to rise above, to conquer the boundaries of a destiny that none of us wanted.” The novel is filled with intelligent arguments, which kept my logical mind engaged. Unfortunately, I won’t be providing examples to them as that would spoil all the fun. This book also has a piece of subtle advice for relationships, that can be caught by people keen enough to get it.
As the novel is based in Washington and Arizona, some words and phrases with informal North American meaning have been used. For example, when Edward told Bella that in his family everyone likes to drive fast, she muttered “Figures” under her breath, which means ‘something expected’ in informal North American language. Readers from other countries might not understand it when they read it for the first time. This problem can easily be solved with a little help from Google.
There was just one small conflict in the description of a place. Also, there was one thing that I found gross. Bella narrates, “He touched the corner of my eye, trapping one I missed. He lifted his finger, examining the drop of moisture broodingly. Then, so quickly I couldn’t be positive that he really did, he put his finger to his mouth to taste it.” I guess that won’t matter much in this deep and vast ocean of fun. It would be like focusing on one dark coral and losing sight of thousands of shiny pearls.
Since I found at least ten grammatical errors in the book, I am rating it four out of five stars.
This book would appeal the most to single young adults. This novel contains incidents of more than casual touching and kissing on the forehead, eyelids, cheeks, lips, and hollow at the base of the throat. It is obviously not for children. It is suitable for a mature audience. This novel is also not recommended to those who scoff at the idea of someone else being the center of their universe and/or those who consider kissing the other person before marriage to be wrong.
I read this book as a comforter after reading eleven non-fiction books back to back and I’m happy to report that it did its job really well.
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