I teach high school English and this book has popped up everywhere for the past year, from book reports to book reviews. It's on the top of every girl's list. Since I like to read a book a night, I thought I'd borrow a copy to see what the fuss was about.
Here's the deal: If you were ever 15 and absolutely, completely, utterly in love, this book will resonate with you. If you were ever in love enough to walk through shards of glass, barefoot, for someone, this book will resonate with you. You WILL bleed with the every heart beat of the characters of this book because you know what Stephenie Meyers is trying to create.
It's every girl's fantasy of "perfect" love. That's why Edward will be compared to Mr. Darcy in review after review. Edward IS who every girl fantasizes as an escort to the prom. Bella feels the way every girl WANTS to feel about being in love.
If you wanted reality: You picked up the wrong book. Twilight is about VAMPIRES. But what it's really about is character development: you WILL know what the characters think and feel, and you'll care at the end whether or not they live or die. You'll sneak on to amazon and read the reviews for book 2 and think, "People don't like it... I probably don't need to read it." Yeah, right.
If you have teenage daughters, consider this a must read. Consider this your owner's manual for your teenage daughter and her first real, desperate, obsessive love. This is it in spades.