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1st book in the vampire love saga.
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
I originally read this book before it became mega-popular or even was going to be a "saga". I liked it back then, and upon re-read as a more mature person realized that it is pure teen sappy romance, with the added bonus of being written by a Mormon who tries to telegraph the message to young girls that sex is wrong and any man you are with has the right to control you.
I very much do NOT recommend the Twilight books nor the movies based on them. They are simulataneously too dark (Edward is very controlling towards Bella and she can't live without him) and too ridiculous (sparkly vampires? seriously?). For a more serious and meaningful look at vampires and their relationships with teen girls, watch "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Only read this book because my friend said I couldn't hate on it unless I read it. I still dislike it. Bella won't do a thing to help herself and is generally stupid, even as far as book characters go. The story was okay, some decent action and events, but overall I could not stand Bella.
the whole twilight series stinks but except for maybe this book. this one isn't too bad because it has a decent amount of action and less romance than the rest. i recommend if you're really bored read this book but forget about the rest!