Since there has been so much hype about the Twilight series, I thought I'd read the first book & see what it was all about.
I was a bit intrigued when on the first page they mentioned the town of Forks, since it's only about an hour from my hometown. I had been there a few times growing up & was always struck by the amount of rain they always had & that there was not much else out there.*
I have to tell you, the writing in this book is superb. I was drawn immediately into the story & found myself laughing throughout. In fact a few times when I was reading in public I had to remember to keep my face passive so as not to appear unbalanced!
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that there wasn't a lot of gore, or a lot of sexual references. Since it's a book about vampires, I assumed it would have quite a bit of death in it, but these are GOOD vampires, who have found other ways to feed.
I really enjoyed the narration of the book being entirely from the point of view of the main character & in the first person. I fond that more often, the books I read are told in a different voice, but I really enjoyed how the story developed in this way. I understand there is another book forthcoming, that is essentially this story from the lead male's point of view, & I am very interested to read about his side of the story.
There are things in this book that I would not recommend for younger children, but I think that with a bit of objectivity, it's a very enjoyable read.
*Apparently the Twilight series has changed all that