i admit i was pulled in by the hype, the sudden popularity, the comparison to harry potter, and the very quick movie deal surrounding this book.
that said, don’t bother. i can totally understand why this was made into a movie (and not having seen the movie, i’m not sure of the conversion) – this book has NO SUBSTANCE and the script would be a breeze to write. i found myself skimming over entire pages. it wouldn’t be so bad if the writing style of the author wasn’t trying so hard to be simplistic.
the first 3/4 of the books is all emo teen angst. oh, edward’s so handsome and beautiful, and he’s a vampire, so i learn about vampire-y stuff, and i don’t know why he likes me. etc. etc. enter the mind any 16 or 17-year-old girl, and these will be her thoughts (minus vampires). the main character is supposed to be "mature" for her age, but really? it’s just a teenage infatuation and we get to read about it for 300 pages or so. take the book and remove the vampire action, and we’d have a sweet valley high book (but not as well written, sad to say).
thank got that some action happened at the end of the book, or else i would’ve considered it a complete waste of time.
needless to say, there was some hint at the end of werewolves in the second book, so i’ve got to see how that pans out. so far, more teen angst, and i literally skipped 2 pages because it was all about her feeling bad for herself. if i weren’t scrambling for books to read, i wouldn’t be reading the sequel.