Meyer, Stephenie. New Moon. I just realized that in a previous post, I said I'd finished Twilight--which I did, in February of 2006--but I meant New Moon. It took me a long time to get around to the second book in Meyer's series, over two years.
New Moon didn't involve me as much as Twilight did. I did like the further development of Jacob, but Bella still seems so -- unformed. She can't understand what Jacob and Edward see in her and finds it difficult to believe that they care for her. And I do, too; she just doesn't seem capable of inspiring the devotion she does.
Edward is not present during much of the book. He is there at the beginning, then disappears, as does the entire Cullen family. He reappears at the end, but the last section with Edward felt forced and silly.
I can see how this one would continue to attract its target audience of young adults; I had no problem reading it, was not tempted to put it down and go on to something else, but didn't find it much to talk about, either.
Fiction. Supernatural/YA. 2006. 563 pages.