When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town.

But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.

Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away – until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car.

Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward’s coldness. He, and his family, are vampires – and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

Student Review:
“I could leave this at just two words: sparkling vampires. But I’m not going to. Bella is the epitome of a Mary Sue (a perfect character); the only flaw she seems to have is clumsiness, which is briefly touched over whenever Meyer needs to assure us, and herself, that Bella isn’t a Mary Sue. Edward is downright creepy and stalkerish. The rest of the Cullens, as well as essentially every other character except for our delightful main couple, are boring and forgettable. There’s almost no plot until the very end of the book, and Bella – the protagonist – is barely present for it. In short, Twilight was a complete and utter waste of my time.” – Yvonne Wang