Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Number of Pages: 544
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 16 yrs./Junior
Language: no profanity
Sex: kisses, no explicit sexual contact, vague references to sexual feelings
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: fantasy violence, references to off-screen murders
Social Issues: first love, obsessive feelings
Suggested Movie Grade: PG
Premise: If you haven’t heard of the Twilight series by now, you really must be a busy parent!
Bella Swan moves to the small, Washington town of Forks to live with her divorced father when her mother remarries. Feeling awkward and out of place in her new school, she is inexplicably drawn to Edward Cullen, a mysterious boy who is unapproachable and seems to want nothing to do with Bella at first. But Bella and Edward can’t seem to stay away from each other, and the more time Bella spends with Edward, the more she comes to realize he isn’t at all like other boys.
In fact, Edward is not even human. He is one in a family of vampires who have decided to give up consuming human blood in order to live among humans. But Bella’s blood is especially enticing to Edward, and while he loves her completely, he fears for her safety should he ever lose control of himself.
Bella doesn’t care if being with Edward poses a threat to her very life. She’s in love, and she’ll do whatever it takes to be with him. When a rogue, nomadic vampire catches scent of Bella and determines to hunt and consume her, Edward struggles to keep her safe.
Comments: Author Stephenie Meyer is a Mormon who follows the moral guidelines of her faith in her writing. This means that Twilight is devoid of any overt sexuality. Bella and Edward kiss, but their relationship remains chaste. They discuss the possibility of having a sexual relationship but the terminology is vague, and Edward refuses to allow their passion to progress beyond kisses.
Edward engages in some borderline stalker behaviour when he enters Bella’s room at night to watch her sleeping. Narrator Bella does not see this as problematic, but parents might find such antics disturbing.
Edward and his family consume animal blood rather than human blood, and their hunting efforts are never described, only implied off screen. Bella’s father is the chief of the local police force and discusses some recent murders that are attributed to animal attacks. Bella is attacked by a rogue vampire and the violence becomes fairly graphic as she sustains some injuries, but the gore is kept to a minimum.
Age Appropriateness: 11 and over