Book Review: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer


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Warning! Spoiler Alert!

I actually re-read Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer in anticipation of the movie release in November. I wanted the book to be fresh in my mind to make a good comparison between book and movie.

As I was reading I had to laugh at all the teen angst. I know the book is geared toward teenagers but it struck me funny (having lived through all that) about how serious young people can be about things.

The book is just as much of a page-turner the second time as it was the first. I could hardly put it down even though I knew what was going to happen.

In this fourth and final book of the Twilight series, eighteen-year-old Bella (the human) marries Edward (the vampire). Their honeymoon on a romantic island off the coast of South America is all Bella hoped it would be. Until – she gets very sick. She is dizzy, nauseated and can’t keep any food down. Uh oh. She’s pregnant. Not only pregnant, but very, very pregnant, very quickly.

Bella and Edward rush back home to Forks so that his “father,” Carlisle, can care for her, as he is a doctor. This pregnancy has everyone puzzled and confused. No one knows how to deal with a pregnancy from the union of a human and vampire. To top things off, Bella becomes more and more ill. It appears that the baby is killing her from the inside out. Jacob the wolf is nearby through it all and he comforts Bella as much as he can.

The baby, Renesmee, is born and as Bella is dying, Edward and Jacob rush to save her. Edward changes Bella into a vampire and then they can only wait as she suffers through the excruciating pain of transformation.

As a newborn vampire, Bella is thirsty and she is strong. Not only that, she’s finally (in her words) beautiful. In an unexpected twist, Jacob “imprints” on Renesmee, meaning that he is bonded to her for life. Not everyone is happy about the idea but they grow to accept it. So, Bella’s family is complete.

Complete, that is, until the Italian Volturi vampires plan to come to destroy the abomination called Renesmee. They mistakenly believe she is a newborn vampire child that must be eliminated instead of a half-vampire/half-human one.

Plans are made to gather other vampires to witness to the fact that Renesmee is not a newborn. A confrontation occurs, with the Volturi bringing reinforcements, as well.

The dramatic conclusion ends positively and everyone lives happily ever after. To me the ending is a letdown after so much tension and suspense. However, all questions are answered and Bella finally achieves the life she’s always wanted.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

  1. Wow, this is one of the most awesome summaries I’ve ever read. I’m currently reviewing Twilight, and I’ve certainly noticed there seems to be a LOT of false tension and dramatic letdowns in the book.

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