Teens, vampires and werewolves

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 December, 2010, 12:00am

Stephenie Meyer
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 9780316038379

You may have seen the movie, but not everyone's read the book - and it's worth it. Twilight tells the story of outcast teen Bella Swan who moves to the city of Forks to be closer to her dad.

But instead of spending quality time with him, she finds herself struggling to maintain a delicate balance between friendship with werewolf Jacob Black and blossoming romance with the mysterious Edward Cullen. Edward, of course, turns out to be a vampire.

Filled with teen angst and cliches, Twilight is like an entire season of a soap opera crammed into 498 pages. With all the violence, love, loss and rejection, there is never a still moment. But the focus is Bella's romantic life. Meyer deserves praise for her description of first love. She captures the romance, pain and playfulness, particularly in Bella and Edward's meadow scene, and the flirtation between Bella and Jacob throughout.

Twilight is an interesting take on mythical creatures that spawned a flood of copycats. Meyer shows the humanity of both 'monsters', the vampires and werewolves, proving there is good and bad in everything.

This isn't literature or deep, but it's the perfect read for a tweenager who wants a romantic fantasy book this holiday.