Ok, I have to admit it. Stephenie Meyer spins a good tale. I can't say I'm teenage girl-level obsessed with this series, but despite the fact that I felt like slapping a little sense into Bella a couple of times in the beginning of this book, I occasionally had a hard time putting it down. (BF came into our bedroom on a work night earlier in the week to confirm I was indeed working the next morning, since I was still up and reading an hour past my usual work night bedtime. Oops.)
So Bella loves Edward and apparently Edward loves Bella too, except he bails on her when there's a little mishap with the family involving a cut (it is a vampire family after all), and Bella overreacts to her broken heart with typical late-teenage flair. (Ok, ok, I realize I spent about a week doing much the same thing the one and only time my heart was broken, but not quite on that scale (I was in my early twenties at that point after all ;). But I guess I can sort of sympathize, deep down in my post-adolescent heart...) So Bella starts hanging out with her friend Jacob on the local Indian reservation until Jacob abruptly cuts off all contact and she has to figure out what's going on with him. Yep. It's high teenage drama. It's cheesy as all hell. And I have to confess, I enjoyed it.
So now, I just have to figure out how to get my hands on the last two books, since I don't want to buy them, but they're still in hard cover, so Paperspine doesn't have them available. Who knows how long it will take me to get to the end of this adolescent angst? (Oy. I think I may have to read a non-fiction book or two to cleanse these from my system...)