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Breaking Dawn: Two different outlooks on bestseller (part 1 of 2)

Editors note: This is part one of two reviews of “Breaking Dawn.” Click here to go to part two.

Crazed fans waiting in line at midnight; parties dedicated to a book; weeks of hype finally coming to a close… this could describe the release of Harry Potter last summer, but it was also the scene this August as Stephanie Meyer’s latest “Twilight” book came out. Millions of fans waited anxiously to read “Breaking Dawn” and were disappointed.

The best (and nicest) word to sum up the book would have to be “interesting”. And it was very interesting. Like all of the “Twilight” books, Bella’s crazy antics with her supernatural friends keeps readers on the edge of their seats. But good? Something that a reader can really look back fondly on? Not at all.

During her honeymoon with Edward, Bella comes to the realization that she really likes being human. Before Bella can go through with her plans to go to college, she finds out she is pregnant. Not only is she pregnant, but pregnant with a little vampire baby that grows at triple the speed a normal child and sucks the life out of Bella. Meyer’s never clearly explains how Edward can possibly father a child.

Bella, of course, won’t give up the baby even as it is killing her. Edward and his family urge her to terminate the pregnancy, since the abomination is slowly and painfully killing her, but she refuses to listen to reason.

Meyer’s splits “Breaking Dawn” into three sections. Bella narrates two of them and Jacob (the werewolf) does the middle one. In his section, Jacob spends most of his time miserably trying to think of ways to beat the vampires and get Bella back, or running away from his pack. That is, until he talks to Bella and sees that she is alive and needs him. Jacob then leaves his pack, starts his own pack, and joins forces with the Cullens, to fight the Volturi clan. And it only gets weirder from then on out.

Bella has never been a realistic character or a good role model for young girls, but at least in the first three books she had school, friends, and family to give readers a sense of reality and Bella’s identity beyond the supernatural. In “Breaking Dawn”, Bella becomes completely immersed in a bizarre supernatural world that doesn’t even follow its own rules, and we lose her completely.

“Breaking Dawn” is a quick, entertaining read. Sometimes a person needs a book like that, but if you’re looking for something with a little bit more quality, then Stephanie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” is not for you.