Review: New Moon

New Moon

New Moon
By Stephenie Meyer
Little Brown, Books for Young Readers
May 2008

The Short of It:

The second book in the insanely popular Twilight series; this one fell totally flat for me.

The Rest of It:

Okay, this is where you all judge me. I have to admit it, last Christmas I was swept up with Twilight. I read it over Christmas break and it was the perfect read for my overstressed brain. I also wanted to read it before my son did so that I could determine for myself if it was appropriate or not. In the end, I decided he could skip it. The ‘stalking’ thing bothered me a bit. I know that aspect bothered other readers as well. Sigh.

So what possessed me to pick up the next book? Well, pure entertainment and the fact that my friend and I plan to see the movie on Black Friday after a full day of shopping. I don’t know about you but I must read the book before I see a movie based on said book. So I read it and…

What a waste of time! It was just so ridiculous and I tired of Bella’s clumsiness and her need to be rescued all the time. However, I am not bashing anyone for liking it. I see its draw. It’s just that at my age, I don’t have patience for stupid girls who do foolish things. Many times I raised my eyes to the heavens and exclaimed…”WTF?”

Needless to say, I won’t be picking up the next book. I had a momentary lapse in judgment. Will you forgive me?

Source: Purchased

26 thoughts on “Review: New Moon”

  1. Ok, you can judge me, but I really liked this book. Not to say that I liked the writing, or Bella either, but I LOVED Jacob. πŸ™‚

    I will definitely be seeing the movie and trying to hide the fact that I’m drooling over a KID who is MAYBE 17 yrs old. Ugh.

    The question is, will you still be seeing the movie after all this?! πŸ™‚

  2. Okay okay… as a twenty something who remembers my teens vividly, I totally loved New Moon… way more than Twilight. I too was irritated with Bella (I was irritated with her in the first book too) but I can understand her torment between the two suitors. I moved from New Moon right into Eclipse and thought that it was even better. I completely get her angst… I still can’t decide if I should be on Team Edward or Team Jacob!

    Sorry that New Moon fell flat for you. What fell flat for me was Twilight the movie. Terrible. Still, you know that I will go and see New Moon…. πŸ™‚


    1. After seeing the preview for New Moon, I am SO on Team Jacob. I feel dirty saying it since I could be his Mother. Shhh. It’s our secret.

  3. You’ll get no judging from me, friend. I did like Twilight, in a sort of “mind candy for the middle-aged mom” kinda way. Although the writing was pedestrian, I felt the teen angst and remembered why I hated high school. From there on out, though, the books were just horrible. Talk about glamourizing drama, taking stupid martyr-ish risks, whining about virginity, the stalking, the fatalism, ugh.

  4. I forgive you, Ti! I’ve never been drawn to the series, not because of snobbery, but because I realize I don’t connect with teen-angsty books any longer. Like you said, it’s the age!

  5. How funny. I read Twilight a couple of months ago and wasn’t drawn in as others were. I may read the rest of the series at some point but I’m definitely in no hurry.

  6. But, but…it just gets worse! You have to read it all the way to the end just to experience the wedding night. And the birth. And Renesmee!

    No? You’re not convinced? Some friend you are, not even willing to share in the misery of a bad book.


  7. Ha! I subscribe only so I can wait for the Twilight fans to come bash you for disliking it. I wrote a “meh” review of Twilight two years ago and STILL get nasty comments on it about what a hater I am.

  8. I feel the same way. I listened to Twilight on audio book and, while I didn’t love it, I was drawn in enough to get this one too. But I only got about three chapters in before I couldn’t stand it! All the whining was just too much, so I quit and read summaries of the rest of the series on Wikipedia. Now I know what happened but didn’t have to actually read all of it. Win-Win πŸ™‚

  9. Twilight is like cotton candy; it tastes great when you’re eating it, but afterwards, when you think about all the empty calories you consumed….

    I have a love/hate thing with Twilight. Love the ‘chase’ scenes of first love in the first book, but didn’t like where the rest of the series went (living through all that teen angst once was more than enough ;). When you analyze it, though, you see that Bella is a Mary Sue, all the women are pigeonholed into wife/mother roles (nothing wrong w/being a wife and mother, but there’s more out there…) and it’s completely unrealistic. But that’s its magic — it’s a fantasy love.

    Hate the fact that the vampires whine about their condition all the time and sparkle in the daylight!

  10. OK, I have to say that I really enjoyed Twilight, really liked New Moon (I thought the ending was exciting), didn’t really care for Eclipse and thought Breaking Dawn was decent! Guess we all have different opinions when it comes to this series!

  11. This was my least favorite one of the series …mostly because I developed a crush on Edward and he wasn’t in this one as much. I thought the series picked up in “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn” was a satisfying end to it. I’m kind of ashamed how obsessed I got with these books and that I want to see the movies (which are pretty bad). I think I just have a crush on Robert Pattison as Edward now. Gosh I’m a dork!

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