First a disclosure: I am a straight, 30ish, educated man and yes, I enjoyed Twilight. As a high school teacher, I wanted to hook in to the zeitgeist by understanding what all the fuss was about this novel. Make no mistake this is not a well-written book, in fact the first 3 hours of this audiobook made me wonder if I could handle the whole listen. Stephanie Meyer lays out the heroine's first week of school with such protracted detail that I just kept saying "get on with it, already". Perhaps it is the whole appeal for many readers, the constant exploration of the minutia of a teenage girl's thoughts, especially in relation to every "chuckle", "smirk";, and eye movement of the Edward Cullen vampire character. His every facial tick is analysed and commented on in such detail it was bordering on painful. That said, around the 4 hour mark the book totally picks up, once the brilliant narrative crux is evident: here is a girl, irrevocably drawn to a boy that wants to eat her, and he in turn is fully drawn to her and wants to overcome his desire to drink her blood. This "star-crossed lovers"; theme is as old as the hills, but the vampire angle refreshes the refrain. The narrator is superb; all the comments in these reviews attesting to her abilities with this book (and the next one that I have started) are warranted. If you want an easy listen, and don't mind blowing two credits (I must say, the two credits seem unwarranted here), this will happily occupy some time while you commute or go about your while-listening business.
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