Thursday, August 7, 2008

Breaking Dawn

When I was at the library yesterday for our monthly Friends meeting, one of the members had brought her own copy of Breaking Dawn to see if anyone wanted to borrow it. I jumped at the chance and brought it home with me. I managed to finish it last night.

Yes, I am a quick reader, however I admit that in this case I scanned many pages and didn't even bother to read them. I'm not even sure where to start in this review, never a good sign. Meyer wraps up the series in a very predictable way. The only twist in the story, Jacob's imprinting and the object of this event, gave me a major 'ewww' moment. It was not the only 'ewww' moment for me. If you read my blog you know I read some pretty hard core urban fantasy complete with all sorts of things that make you go 'ewww.' This book taps into a different level of discomfort because it is aimed at teen aged girls who are still forming their thoughts and opinions. Yes, it is fiction, and YA fiction does tackle tough topics, but this series tends to romanticize behaviours that are not healthy in my opinion.

Spoilers are now going to follow......

I just don't know how the teen set is going to deal with the themes in this book. It isn't the romance. It is the treatment of sex, marriage, pregnancy and parenthood. The oldest will read the book and I can't wait to hear her take on it. She told me yesterday after she got home from soccer practice and saw how far along I was that she loved the first one in the series, but the rest were just so-so. This reaction was mainly because she couldn't relate to Bella.

Not sure how much relating will happen as our heroine is now an 18 year old pregnant newlywed, the baby came along post marriage of course, carrying a vampire human hybrid.

The Twilight saga is done and my recommendation is to borrow the book. Don't spend the money on it if you have to read it.

1 comment:

Kim Smith said...

great... now i know not to buy it!