Release Date: September 6th 2006
Dates Read: January 14th – January 20th, 2019
Trigger Warnings: depression
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: young adult, urban fantasy, romance
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning…
R E V I E W
In case you missed it, I re-read the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer by audiobook. I binged the entire four book series and these are my thoughts of the straight up mess that is New Moon.
Now, keep in mind here, I never liked New Moon even when I was 12 and reading only this series. This book frustrated me then because I loved Edward and hated Jacob, now I just realize what a straight up mess this book is. Because, that is what it was, a mess.
In case you missed it, New Moon continues Bella’s story. After almost dying at the end of Twilight she is still completely infatuated with Edward and becoming a vampire. This book definitely starts with a bang with Bella dreading the festivities of her birthday that the Cullen’s have organized for her. Shit truly and utterly hits the fan when she gets a paper cut while unwrapping presents – honestly the Cullen’s should have known just to use gift wrap and tissue paper, is all I’m saying. This results in Jasper almost attacking Bella. Ultimately, Edward decides for Bella that this is all suddenly too dangerous – mhm, not like she didn’t almost die from a murderous vampire hell-bent on tracking a few months prior – and leaves her. It is such a strange situation considering he literally walks her into a forest, tells her and then leaves her? I don’t know, the whole scene is ridiculous.
Bella ultimately slips into a depression. However, the way that depression is treated in New Moon is just straight up gross. It is almost as if it is a big joke the whole time and Bella is magically cured by Edward. I know, I was kind of furious. The main focus of this book is, in fact, Bella’s depression but we also get a mixture of a friendship between Jacob and Bella. Now, to be real, I definitely do not support the relationship between the pair. In fact, I would have just been completely satisfied if we had been given a nice platonic friendship but that is impossible in the book where plain old Bella gets every guy around her age in the entirety of Forks. Truly, both relationships that are portrayed in this book are toxic and abusive as heck. We definitely shouldn’t glamourize Twilight or this series because it is gross as hell.
There was a big focus of Romeo and Juliet in New Moon and honestly, it was terrible. Romeo and Juliet are tired, in my opinion, don’t give me that cliché high school study. I want something real. Anyway, it was clear there were a lot of parallels to Shakespeare’s work throughout the story. The main being that their species – so, I guess, families – are keeping them apart. Then the whole drama with the belief that Bella is dead so Edward decides it is time to end his life after a century. Honestly, it was just tiresome if I can be honest – which I will since this is my blog.
Not only that but just the way that Bella talks about Edward is straight up gross. She is like a 17-year-old girl and it was disturbing. He is not your life, I’m pretty sure you haven’t even been dating a year at this point in time. Almost every boy in Forks is interested in you, pick another one. Plus Edwards obsession with souls is just weird. Like, you’ve been immortal for a century and you’re stressed about souls? Okay? Religion is not mentioned at any other point really apart from this and it is just confusing. Edward acts more like Bella’s father than Charlie which I think grosses me out even more about their relationship.
I think the best part about New Moon was that it introduced a new evil party. Victoria is still at large and hell-bent on killing Bella much like her partner – but the Volturi are a whole new level. It is ridiculous to even think that vampires would have a governing but we have to let Steph live her Mormon fantasy. I really wish the Volturi had just ended all our misery and ended them while they stood in Italy. It would have made this series that more exciting.
The biggest driving plot point of this book – despite Bella’s mental health – is the werewolves. They are obviously a new addition, with a pack appearing seemingly out of nowhere. I actually enjoyed the pack dynamic a lot more than the whole vampire thing. Which, I guess, is why after I grew out of my Twilight phase I was obsessed with books regarding werewolves. Why don’t we have more of them? Someone bring back werewolves, please.
In conclusion, New Moon may possibly be a bigger mess than Trump’s administration. Did I still enjoy it? Yes, however, it is purely due to nostalgia and I can admit that willingly. These books were a massive part of me growing up and I was ashamed to admit that at a time. These books make me laugh and cringe, however, takes me back to both a simpler and worse time of my life. Ultimately, this book was fun to listen to and I would not recommend it at all. If you want a laugh and a hit of nostalgia maybe pick up the audiobook – the narrator is honestly great and full props to her.
Happy reading everyone!
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