Summer Book Reviews 7-8-2009

“Breaking Dawn” Reviewed by Carissa Marston

Two words – vampire romance. Go ahead and laugh – I did when I saw the section that Barnes and Noble bookstore created just for this series of books – but Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga is taking the reading world by storm.

The fourth and final book, “Breaking Dawn,” follows the young Bella Swan into married life, which proves to be very difficult when her husband is a vampire.

Getting married right out of high school never crossed the mind of Bella Swan until she moves to constantly dreary Forks, Washington and meets the love of her life and vampire Edward Cullen.

Then, her eye is set on convincing Edward to turning her into an immortal just like him, complete with sparkling skin, ravishing beauty, and a thirst for blood. Edward, however, has a demand of his own-for Bella to be his bride.

After the nearly perfect ceremony, the newlyweds set off for their honeymoon. The calm waters of their destination, however, are no predecessor of the turmoil that follows the first days of the couple’s bliss.

The concluding novel in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, in my opinion, ties up every loose end its prequel, “Eclipse,” left hanging.

As it involves more adult situations than the previous three novels and some advanced vocabulary, I would recommend “Breaking Dawn” to readers aged fifteen and older.

Carissa Marston is a graduating senior in the gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys instrumental music, athletics, and reading. She plans to attend Loyola University New Orleans to major in biology pre-health.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.


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