Book Review: Twilight

by Melissa on December 14, 2009 · 0 comments

in 14-17, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Lexile 700-799, Made into a movie, Part of a series or set, Romance

Title: Twilight
Series: Twilight Saga Series, Book 1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Age Range: 14-17
Lexile: [?] 720L
AR Level: [?] 4.9
Formats: book, ebook, audio, movie
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When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.


The story revolves around teenage vampires and a major plot point involves a teen girl, Bella, who wants to die and become a vampire. Bella feels that Edward (the vampire boy she loves) is her life. Surprisingly, for the genre, a good clean read. I have seen recommendations for it down to age 10—do not let the reading level fool you! While fairly mild, some of the teenage feelings about sex are not appropriate for younger then 12 or 13 year-olds.


Level 1 [?]

Sexual Content

Some intense kissing and caressing scenes. Bella is interested in having sex with Edward, but he is old-fashioned and also thinks he would hurt her physically. Research on vampires makes a reference to men’s infidelity.


Multiple drug references to describe how Edward feels about Bella. Bella intentionally takes too much cold medicine to try to sleep well.


Children are historically victims to vampires, Bella rescued from men with bad intentions, attack by vampire and vampire fight (hint: vampires can only be killed by ripping off their head and then burning all the pieces of their body).


Some self-deprecating teen girl thoughts on her physical appearance, fitting in. Teen boy sneaks into girl’s room at night.


Historical reference to the Protestant persecution of Roman Catholics and other religions, witch hunts.

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