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Stephenie Meyer's New Moon

The second book in the "Twilight Saga" by Stephenie Meyer.

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The Twilight Rant: New Moon

  • Jul 7, 2010
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The Twilight Rant:  New Moon
Although Stephenie Meyer’s first book of the series, Twilight, sucked me in like a sponge and was what made me eagerly await the next installment of the Twilight series, I have to say that I was pretty disappointed with New Moon.  I know that many may disagree with this, while others may agree, but to me, the book dragged on in several parts.

The main parts of the book deal with Edward leaving Bella and Bella’s depression.  After that, the book basically deals with Jacob becoming more of the lead male character as well as the other love interest.  Let’s not forget that Jacob also becomes a part of the supernatural.  Everything wraps up with Bella’s decision to abandon Jacob and save Edward from committing suicide by exposing himself in front of the Volturi.
Since many crazed fans go overboard and act as if Twilight occurred in real life, I might as well make some real life examples. 

What I liked about this book:

There weren’t that many things in this book that I liked that much.  However, I did like the fact that Jacob got a bigger role in the series.  I also liked Jacob’s supportive character when it came to getting Bella out of her depression over Edward.  I am not necessarily a Jacob fan.  It’s just that  I simply thought, being not that far from Bella’s age, if I fell for a guy and he left me in such a state, I would be grateful to have someone like Jacob by my side.  It was also interesting to have Jacob end up a werewolf.  Having werewolves in the equation made New Moon more interesting because it wasn’t entirely focusing on vampires and humans.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Where do I begin?

I didn’t like the fact that Edward left Bella in order to “protect” her.  He abandoned her in the woods by telling her that he didn’t want her and left her on her own, where she got lost and had to be rescued later.  It feels as if he made the decision entirely by himself, without actually thinking about her because he did not consider how she might feel or how she might react.

However, what I disliked even more was Bella’s reaction.  True, she may have really, really loved Edward, but after he left her, she simply shut down.  It’s as if her life without Edward did not matter whatsoever.  Her family meant nothing, her friends meant nothing, and she herself meant nothing.  It’s depressing to think about a person being in such a state.  Not only that, it seems that several times she comes really close to killing herself in order to hear  Edward’s voice.  More or less, the girl’s gone crazy.

Skipping many other parts that I did not enjoy, I can’t say that I liked it that much when she quickly got back with Edward.  I understand that she still cared for him and rescued him.  I also understand that Edward thought that Bella died and tried to kill himself.  But, I thought that she got back together with him and forgave him a bit too quickly.  It felt as if she simply forgot whatever has happened to her while he was gone and didn’t really care about anything else except having Edward back once more by her side. 

I might be wrong, but I think that in real life, if something like this happens to someone, that person may become bitter or will want the one who hurt him/her out of his/her life completely.  Despite everything, people might not forgive and forget things that easily and once the foundation is broken, the foundation will remain crumbled or will have to be carefully rebuilt.  However, it seemed that Edward’s and Bella’s foundation just magically reappeared out of nowhere.
Overall, New Moon did not really hold up to my expectations after reading Twilight.  However, I felt that since I started with the series, I might as well finish it and see if things would get better or if everything would go downhill.

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review by . June 22, 2010
New Moon is the second book in the Twilight series.  And coming off of Twilight, I was excited to read NM.  But the first half takes forever to get through, understandably to get through Bella's depression and her life without Edward.  However, it is very sleepy and could cause readers to quit reading all together.  If you can muster the strength to get through the beginning, the second half is more than worth the first half and will have you reading through the pages as …
review by . July 07, 2010
    Despite the other reviews, this happens to be my favorite book in the twilight series. This is really Jacob's book. This book puts a lot of the puzzling and cliff hangers of twilight all together and sets up for the next two books. Seeing the deep passion of all characters in this book leave the readers heart broken for all involved because you know that someone is about to be crushed.          I love the involvement and character building …
review by . June 27, 2010
After reading the first book in the Twilight series I was very excited to move on and read the next. However, I was very disappointed in this second book. I found it considerably boring to read chapter after chapter of how upset Bella was. I understand that she loved Edward, but it's not enjoyable for me to read about somone whose whole world has ended merely because a man stepped out of the picture. (Possible spoiler) When she met Jacob she started doing better and I found that slightly …
review by . July 13, 2010
Warning: This review contains spoilers.        New Moon is the second book in the popular Twilight series.  Shortly after her disastrous eighteenth birthday party, Bella Swan's vampire boyfriend decides they're too different and his entire family packs up and leaves.  Without her boyfriend (Edward Cullen) and best friend (Alice Cullen), Bella falls into a deep depression and stays locked up in her room for several months.  When her father finally …
review by . June 17, 2010
I enjoyed the Twilight series as a compelling and quick read, but this book dragged on and spent too much time on Bella and Jacob. Jacob lovers probably loved the book for that reason, but if you prefer Edward to Jacob or if you prefer reading about a Bella who isn't angsty, you will be sadly disappointed in this novel. It does build Bella and Jacob's character slightly, but as the whole series is focused on the love between Edward and Bella, this book does not fit.       …
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
my least favorite of the entire twilight saga. I really learn to dislike both Bella and Jacob in this book. and thats a dislike that leaves a bad tasted in my mouth for the rest of the books.
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
This one didn't feel as good as the first--too many people making bad decisions. But fewer longing looks into beautiful eyes.
review by . July 17, 2010
i will say right off the bat that this is my least favorite book in the twilight saga. i found myself angry a lot while reading it. (if you havn't read the book and don't want to know what happens, stop reading here!) in the first few chapters edward decides that bella is so unsafe in his world that it would be better for her if he and his family leave and never return. so of course im mad at edward for leaving, for one because hes my favorite character, and for two because hes just hurting …
review by . July 15, 2010
This is the second book in the Twilight saga, and if the first book was not enough to rope you in then this one will. The story is so romantic and I bet everybody wishes they have found a fellow like Edward to love them and care for them like the way that he cares so much for Bella. New Moon events occur in Forks Washington state and then also they go to Italy when Edward goes out to seek out the Volturi. New Moon's story is about when Edward come to the harsh conclusion that he must leave that …
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
Really horrible, poisonous messages about the nature of love and relationships.
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New Moon is a fantasy-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer, and is the second book in the Twilight series. According to Meyer, the book is about losing true love. The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that New Moon is about the darkest time of the protagonist Bella's life. The book was originally released in hardcover in 2006, following the successful publishing of Meyer's debut novel Twilight. A film adaptation was released on November 20, 2009.

Upon its publication in the United States, New Moon moved quickly to the top of bestseller lists, becoming one of the most anticipated books of the year. It peaked at #1 on both the New York Times Best Seller list and USA Today's Top 150 Bestsellers, and was the biggest selling children's paperback of 2008 with over 5.3 million copies sold.

New Moon has been translated into many diverse languages, including Czech, Thai, Russian, Norwegian and Arabic.
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ISBN-10: 0316024961
ISBN-13: 978-0316024969
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Vampires, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Novel
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