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New Moon (The Twilight Saga Book 2) (original 2006; edition 2007)
by Stephenie Meyer (Author)
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (2006)
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Of course, I was set up by all of the hype. This book was enjoyable, but I was so annoyed with the silliness of the, "I love him so much I'd rather die than live without him" nonsense. Also, why can't she get it through her thick head that he is in love with her but wants to leave her alone for her own protection? Plus, the parents are so detached and dim-witted that I just can't fully enbrace the story.
You know what the Twilight movie does really well that the Twilight book doesn't? It shows Bella and Edward having fun together, enjoying the other's company. Like the scene where Edward takes her out of his bedroom and into the woods and they're hanging out on top of a tree is GREAT, because they are laughing, they are talking, they're just being, and you can tell that they're good. Seeing them declare their love for each other over and over and over gets kinda annoying after a while and it doesn't sound sincere when you can't see where that loves comes from.
New Moon has a bit of those moments, especially towards the end, where you're like "oh, yeah, they do like being with each other". It's not all about Edward getting mad at Bella, her apologizing, or them saying "I love you". Honestly, I've never loved Bella more than when Edward is about to get mad that she put herself in danger to hear his voice and Bella cuts him off with "shut up, I'm having a revelation". I wish we saw that Bella all the time.
But we don't. A lot of New Moon is mopey Bella who can barely function without Edward. Look, I know she overreacts, but I remember going through a break-up when I was eighteen (OH MY FUCKING GODS!!!! I was dumped the day after my eighteenth birthday!! Bella is dumped a few days after hers!!! I was already freaking out because Edward acted EXACTLY like my ex the days before he broke up with her and both he and my ex said "can we go for a walk?" before, this is the WORST why am I actually Bella Swan!?) and it fucked me up for months afterwards, so I get it. I do. Sorta.
What I hate, though, is that Bella never gets better until she gets Edward back. I HATE IT. I wish instead she would have gradually pieced herself together (with Jacob's help, but not entirely because of him), realized she still is a person without Edward, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, that she still wants to become a vampire without Edward. That it sounds awesome to her and she wants it, no matter what he says. It would have given her so much agency and it would be awesome, because I like Bella when she takes charge and lets the Cullens decide on her destiny and shit. I hate that when it all comes down to it, it's all because of Edward.
He's a bit of a dick in this one, but at least not as creepy and controlling as in Twilight. MOstly because he's not there. Something that bothered me in both Twilight and this one was how Edward and Bella are physically ... it's cringey. Bella is carried ALOT and she's always crawling onto Edward's lap and shit, I keep getting the feeling that she's a small child and he's her father and that is not a place I really want to go. She could just sit in his lap, like a normal person. They could not cling to each other in ways that makes the scenes more or less impossible to picture because who would do that in front of other people!?
I hate that Bella pushes away all her old friends and I hate that Jessica is somehow a bad guy for not wanting to hang out with someone who is a constant bitch to her. More on that in my Eclipse review, I guess ...
Also, as with Twilight, nothing really happens until the last 100 pages, yet I cannot stop reading. How does that even work??? S-Meyer, I am forever impressed by that at least.
As much as I loved Edward, I was angry. I was angry at him for leaving and I was angry at him for thinking it was for Bella's own good. And I was just angry. It made it really hard to feel sympathy towards Edward because I hated him. I hated the fact that he considers dying. It was his fault he left. I hate that Bella goes to save him because he should be saving her. And as much as I began to hate Edward, I fell in love with Jacob.
And I really started to want it to be Jacob and Bella but Edward was always holding them back and it felt like it could be so right and it frustrated me something shocking. Meyer makes you feel so connected with the characters that you can't help but hate the emotional rollercoaster you're taken on.
Apart from that though, the writing was brilliant as per usual and the book clearly draws the reader in, if it wasn't for the horrible hatred of Edward and anger that Bella and Jacob can't be together I would've gave 5 stars. But I can't because Twilight was perfect and this was only a step up from me completely hating it.
2.5 Stars as the story was less engaging than number 1.
I thought that since I am listening to Midnight Sun I would finally get around to writing reviews for this series. I'll use the same review for all the books.
I read these books about 10 years ago. I liked them enough to buy the entire series and they still sit proudly on my bookshelf. Ten years later and something still sticks out in my mind so vividly as to why I fell for this series.
Stephenie Meyer captured the yearny kind of love so incredibly well.
It's not pretty. There's anxiety. There's self-doubt. There's fear that it's unrequited. There's crying and staring off into the distance (ala Joey's smell the fart scene from Friends). There's sense defying instalove. It's basically a cluster fudge of emotions. But wasn't it an utterly over the top, self-indulgent, no one in the world knows what I am going through glorious experience! To be fair, you aren't usually worried your love interest will drain you of blood...unless you are dating Dexter...or well, a vampire. I will acknowledge that I had my fair share of yearny love experiences as a teen. I was besotted with a new soul mate every other month. When I was reading some of the cringey inner monologue about the state of affairs in Bella's heart I had to flip to the front cover to make sure I wasn't reading my own journal. I'm sure we have all been there. Well genuinely I hope we have. It's a wonderful, wallowy experience not to be missed. And so that's what struck me as I read it. I saw my own ridiculous self in there. Again, it wasn't the vampire or werewolf thing. It was the messy falling in love thing. Isn't that the one of the marks of a good writer? To draw a reader in and create relatable characters? I never cared about Edward or Joseph, although if pressed I wouldn't choose a panting wet dog. Sorry Team Jacob. I wasn't wowed by the writing, in fact it felt really clumsy in parts, and Bella was a next level 'special snowflake'. So I will just put myself in to Team 'Dramatic Over the Top Ugly Snot Crying Messy Love' and leave it there.
Bravo, Stephenie, bravo. Thanks for the incredibly long walk down memory lane.
Less streamlined than Twilight yet just as exciting, New Moon will more than feed the bloodthirsty hankerings of fans of the first volume and leave them breathless for the third.
This best-selling sequel to “Twilight” — which introduced Edward, the world’s most gentlemanly 17-year-old vampire, and Bella, an ordinary teenager in Forks, Wash. — appropriately begins with an epigraph from “Romeo and Juliet”; love and death are once again entwined in their curiously absorbing romance.
Despite Bella's flat and obsessive personality, this tale of tortured demon lovers entices.
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When the Cullens, including her beloved Edward, leave Forks rather than risk revealing that they are vampires, it is almost too much for eighteen-year-old Bella to bear, but she finds solace in her friend Jacob until he is drawn into a "cult" and changes in terrible ways.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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Hachette Book Group
5 editions of this book were published by Hachette Book Group.
Editions: 0316160199, 0316024961, 0316075655, 0316053465, 0316075639
from what i remember of it New moon was a really good read. Here is my amazon review for it.
NEW MOON was great I couldn't put it down it was quick reading and exciting far better than the first, the friendship that grew between Bella and Jacob was really touching and it expanded all through the book
i also liked how it had a whole chunk of Edward out of the picture.
P.S I was a Jacob fan ;p ( )