Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Book 4)

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Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Book 4)

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  1. J. Martin says:

    Review by J. Martin for Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Book 4)
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    I’ve only recently entered the Twilight fold. Having initially read reviews of the series in library journals and having heard passionate testimonials from avid fans, I thought I would give it a try.

    Inexorably, I fell absolutely and positively in love with the first three Twilight books. I read them (the first time, that is) in three days. Then, like a junkie, I feverishly searched the media for news on the movie, the books, and all things Stephanie Meyers.

    Stephenie Meyer’s books were my brand of heroin.

    So, like millions of other strung out addicts, I lined up until midnight to score the ultimate fix. The final installment was in my hands.

    I didn’t know I was holding a ticking time bomb in my hands. One which would ultimately implode, destroying the magic spell of Meyer’s world and the intense affection I held for its inhabitants.

    Like many of you, I kept asking myself: “Who actually wrote this book? What happened? This must be a cruel joke…I will wake up tomorrow, and learn that Breaking Dawn is an elaborate hoax perpetrated to discredit Meyer.”

    Meyer has commented on her love of Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Having read these books dozens of times, I saw glimmers of their bittersweet brilliance in the first three Twilight books. I cried for Bella as I had cried for Cathy, Elizabeth, and Juliet.

    And then I read Breaking Dawn.

    For the first one hundred pages, I was entranced. I couldn’t put the book down. I thought, “Finally, Bella and Edward can consummate their love, against seemingly impossible odds! Finally, the big payoff is here!”

    Then, the heartbreak began…

    Remember when Bella’s heart cracks in two in Eclipse? Mine shattered the moment I read the words “little nudger.”

    When I read the first three books, I felt seventeen again. The butterflies in my stomach, the blinding tunnel vision, and the intense emotions experienced during that first love washed over me during Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse.

    When Jacob left at the end of Eclipse, I cried. The price of true love was justly paid with his departure.

    Price…A lot of the reviews I’ve read here aptly speak of “paying a price.” Intense, obsessive, passionate love–a love of the Wuthering Heights variety, anyway–demands an exacting price. Bella cannot have Jacob and Edward, just as Catherine cannot have both Edgar and her beloved Heathcliffe.

    The price of an extraordinary love is an ordinary life.

    But the price–the sacrifice–makes the purchase more dear, makes it all the sweeter.

    In Breaking Dawn, what price is paid? Bella gets Edward. Bella gets Jacob. Bella gets beauty and grace. Bella gets a baby. Bella gets a fairytale cottage. Bella gets all the powerful trappings of vampiric power without all the burden of newborn instincts. Bella gets to keep her human family. Bella gets Meyer’s “perfect ending.”

    The perfect ending comes at what price?

    The price is the love story, the plot, and the character development. The price is seeing Jacob turn from a noble suitor who knows when to bow out, into a toddler’s pet.

    The price is seeing the endearingly vulnerable Bella turn into a perfect shell of her former self.

    The price is seeing Edward, who was once a continuously smoldering cauldron of desire, degraded to a level of abject affliction.

    The price is watching Charlie turn from a loving and protective father into a “don’t need to know” Homer Simpson.

    The price is having to stomach a bloodbath,a mutant birth which rivals the absurdity of the alien reptile baby delivery of the “V” TV miniseries of the 1980’s. (Remember that one, gentle reader?)

    Bella’s surrender of her human life to Edward should have ended intimately with his lips caressing her throat, not with fountains of blood spewing from her mouth as Jacob watches.

    The price is too steep–much too heartbreaking–for me to pay.

    My opinion is inconsequential. It matters to no one but me, but…

    Not that you asked but…Ms. Meyer, you are a fantastically talented writer. You have the power to spin a story which transcends the ordinary and transports teens and housewives alike into a world of sparkling, amorous, and compelling fantasy. You are the real deal.

    What hast thou wrought?

    I know that you, like any writer worth his or her salt, wrote this book for yourself, for your own satisfaction. You wrote the story of Breaking Dawn for you.

    I’m just so heartbroken that it wasn’t written for me.

  2. P. Spangler says:

    Review by P. Spangler for Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Book 4)
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    While I’ve been known to exaggerate on occasion, I promise you I’m being completely serious when I say Breaking Dawn is the worst book I have ever read. The writing was atrocious, there was no drama and/or real conflict, and Meyer broke her own rules. Repeatedly.

    Let’s begin, shall we?

    First, the writing itself was a huge problem. It’s nearly impossible for me to believe Meyer was an English major in college. Maybe she was technically a literature major, but either way, she should have been exposed to enough decent writing to know how to produce it herself. And if she couldln’t produce it from her own head, she probably had enough references to replicate it. Instead, Breaking Dawn reads like a terrible fanfiction. Meyer tends to overuse adjectives and adverbs, but does so in the least descriptive way possible. How did Bella look on her wedding day? I couldn’t tell you, since Meyer never bothered to describe her dress other than to say it was satin-y. And how about the rest of the wedding ceremony? There were flowers “everywhere” and everyone looked “amazing.” Thanks. I can totally picture that.

    Bella is also the ultimate Mary Sue, which doesn’t help Meyer’s writing skills in my eyes. Bella is SO PERFECT. Everyone LOVES HER. Meyer’s lame attempts to make Bella relatable by making her clumsy fall flat (pun intended), because the other characters think injury-prone Bella is adorable. Will Charlie object to Bella Sue getting married at 18? Of course not! Will Bella Sue become the most graceful vampire ever, even though she was the world’s clumsiest person? You bet! Bella gets everything she wants in Breaking Dawn and sacrifices nothing.

    There was also a conspicuous lack of drama and conflict in what should have been an epic conclusion to a series. As I mentioned above, Bella had no problem convincing Charlie that marrying Edward was the right decision. I was expecting more of an objection from the ol’ sheriff. Denied. Jacob does make a small attempt to talk Bella out of turning into a vampire, but what could have been another interesting conversation is brushed aside by Bella. Why would she miss anybody she knew as a human? She’ll be with her beloved Edward for all eternity; that’s all she needs.

    The sexy-time was also lacking. I’m not much of a smut fan, but I was hoping for more than a cheezy “fade to black” when Edward and Bella finally do the deed. After three books of anticipation and denial, Meyer doesn’t have the balls to give us more than Bella walking toward Edward in the water. Seriously, Meyer? You can show Bella vomiting “a fountain of blood” but kissing before sex is too shocking? Nothing interesting here, folks.

    There is also the issue of Bella’s pregnancy. Nowhere in the previous three books, and I mean NOWHERE, did Bella mention a desire to be a mother. But as soon as Edward gets his vampire sperm inside her, she decides that motherhood is the most important thing on Earth. (Inconsistent much, Meyer? Another sign of bad writing!) I was expecting Bella to freak out, get angry at Edward, and blame him for ruining her life when she thought she could never get pregnant! But instead, Bella is inexplicably calm and instantly bonds with her “little nudger.” Again, any drama that could have been just melted like an ice cube in Death Valley. The plot floats along…

    The previously mentioned “fountain of blood” happens when Bella goes into labor. To make a long and rather gruesome story short, the baby almost kills Bella, and would have, had Edward not turned Bella into a vampire. Bella lays on a table for a couple of days until the venom stops her heart. She’s dead! Let the crazed baby vampire gather her bearings! She’s dangerous right now! Right? Wrong. Bella Sue is the perfect vampire, so graceful and strong. She requires almost no adjustment time, even though Meyer told us in previous books that new vampires are totally out of control. Again, all conflict nipped in the bud.

    This leads us to Meyer breaking her own rules. Bella is totally in control of herself as a new vampire even though, according to Meyer’s own words, it’s totally normal and EXPECTED to have a lenghty adjustment period. Jasper struggled for years, but Bella gets the hang of things in a day. Of course. Meyer breaks the rules so Bella Sue can have her perfect life.

    Meyer also gets into a sticky situation with Bella’s pregnancy. According to Meyer, speaking through (I believe) Carlisle, vampires don’t have any liquid in their bodies except for their venom. Last time I checked, sperm isn’t venomous. Getting Bella pregnant should have been impossible if Meyer followed her own rules! That entire plot device (which only served to give Jacob something to imprint on) was an amateurish cop out that I would expect to find in fanfiction, not a novel written by an adult with a college degree.

    Oh yeah, they named the baby Renesmee. Vomit.

    And then Jacob imprints on it. Double vomit.

    Allow me to backtrack for a second. I forgot to mention another scene that should have been exciting but wasn’t: the confrontation with the Volturi. Yep, the leaders are back and they want to kill the Cullens for making an “immortal child.” Finally, some action! The Cullens invite some vampire friends to gather at their house and fight the Volturi, which should be the epic conflict we’ve all been waiting for! Except it most definitely is not. It turns out that Bella has a shield she controls with her mind. All the does is put the sheild around everybody and they’re impervious to weapons. The Volturi stand around and talk for a while and then… leave.

    Breaking Dawn was a letdown in every sense. Meyer’s writing didn’t improve (it got worse, actually), there wasn’t any tension or action, and a lot of the rules established in the first three books got thrown out the window.

    Avoid this book at all costs.

    (Note: Don’t be fooled by the high number of five-star reviews; a lot of them are two sentences long and say things like, “BELLA AND EDWARD ARE IN LOVE!!!!1!11one” They may very well be, but that doesn’t make it a good book.)

  3. Chicklet says:

    Review by Chicklet for Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Book 4)
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    I started reading this series after I heard a rave review on NPR during their “Guilty Pleasures” segment. The middle-aged gentleman described Twilight with such enthusiasm that I couldn’t resist temptation. I bought the four-book set and settled in for a long weekend of reading.

    Three days and 2400 pages later, I’d finished the four novels. I adored Twilight, tried not to slap whiny Bella during New Moon, and mostly skimmed through Eclipse trying to get to something interesting. Finally, I got to Breaking Dawn. I have never been so let down by a book in my entire life. I don’t even need to go into all the ways that this book was horrible – the other reviewers have done that well. But, here I go anyway:

    Wedding – So, Bella’s wedding to Edward was not what she wanted, but what she was willing to trade for sex and immortality. The wedding itself was not her vision and in no way represented their unique love, but was instead a fantasy created fully by Alice’s vision.

    Honeymoon – Meyer is telling us that sex is scary and awful. You will have a lot of pain your first time and your husband, who puts you up on a pedestal, will hate himself for “hurting” you, no matter how yummy delicious it is. Oh, and once you do get some, it’s pretty much the only thing you’ll want, and your new hubby will reject you, mercilessly, due to his own hang ups. Woo! I gotta get me some of that!

    Also, how come it’s either a little french kissing or sex? How come no one ever talks about alllll that space in between those two extremes? What a perfect place for her to talk about sex and the implications of it, especially given her target audience.

    Pregnancy – You will get pregnant the very first time you have sex. Pregnancy is the most horrible state you will ever experience. It will be stunningly painful as your body is taken over by something that hurts you, and tries to kill you, and eventually chews its way out of you. The bloodbath of child birth is fine – but it says a lot, to me, about Meyer that she can’t write the sex, but can write the gore. Or maybe it’s about society, and not Meyer at all. Take your pick.

    Renesmee – Say it out loud. I dare you. Look, I get what Meyer was trying to convey here about the beauty of having a child, the connection that a newborn’s family feels to the child and how fleeting childhood is. But come on! The massive gaps in logic and leaps of faith it takes you to get here are stunning. Stunning. And impossible.

    Jacob – Sigh. Poor Jacob. This boy never had an ounce of pride, he submitted it all to Bella, only to find himself a pedophile in the end. How utterly freaking awful. (and yeah, I tried to go with the whole “it’s fiction, not pedophilia” but I just couldn’t get there. It was creepy.)

    The Cullens – Who? No seriously though, Edward had a family? Where were they after page 150?

    Renee and Charlie – So, while Renee has been the primary parent and the person that Bella is closest to for the entire series, suddenly she’s just…absent. Laaaame. And suddenly Charlie is Bella’s first concern, but we’ve been given absolutely nothing by way of character development to buy into this. Again, I say: Come on!

    Editing: Look, I don’t know who edited this book, but ZOMG! fire that person. There were so many errors it was distracting. Dialog tagging: use it. Also, adverbs are not your friends. If Bella “shyly” does one more thing, I’m going beat her with her own arm. If you have to tell us that people are chuckling, giggling, that their eyes are “tightening” (wth does that even mean?) then you’re failing at description. If you must tell and not show, read some Willa Cather. She gets away with it. You don’t. So stop.

    Tone: I’m guessing that Meyer took a break from Twilight land to write “The Host” and that’s why the entire tone of this novel is off. It just doesn’t even sound like it was written by the same person.

    At the end of this novel, I wanted to rewrite the whole thing myself. I wanted to see why Bella decided that she would marry Edward. I wanted her to give a damn about the wedding and see some reverence in it. I wanted to see a real deepening in her relationship with Alice. I wanted Esme to be more than just a paper doll mother figure. I wanted a real, honest to goodness sex scene that lived up to three freaking novels worth of some of the steamiest kisses ever. I wanted Bella to pay a price for some of her choices. I wanted that epic battle with the Volturi to actually happen. I wanted someone to die. Meyer cheated us out of the thoughtful endings that we get when good triumphs over evil. That’s what makes life sweet, and makes us appreciate what we have – working for it, sacrificing for it.

    Bella would have actually wanted to marry Edward. She would have cared about the decorations and Alice would have developed into a real sister, and not some overblown party planner. There would have been real sex – not smutty, but real, nonetheless. Pregnancy would have disappeared. Bella would have had to make the choice – between having babies and having Edward. She would have been cruel to be kind and given Jacob his freedom. Jacob would have grown and gotten over her, and moved on and found real love with someone who loved him back – maybe even Leah, since that ground was laid pretty well. Bella would have spent months being a newborn, filled with nothing but bloodlust. Jessica would be her first victim. The Cullens would have worked tirelessly to help her transform, and we could have gotten to know them all so much better. Rosalie might have died, doing something selfless for once in her life. That would have been doubly meaningful if Meyer rewrites the whole series from Edward’s POV (ala Midnight Sun, which in rough draft form is head and shoulders better than Breaking Dawn.) Bella would have to give up Charlie and Renee for a while, but eventually they would be able to be in her life, altho in a much more limited way. There are a million possibilities that could have had a very nice happy ending, with a bit of bitter thrown in with the sweet.

    Meyer is a great storyteller and an okay writer. If she gets a better editor and learns some discipline, she could be very good. I found this particular book to be a total betrayal of the earlier books, which is why my review is so harsh. Overall, I hope she keeps going, and I *really* hope she keeps going with Midnight Sun, which so far, I love.

  4. Earroway says:

    Review by Earroway for Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Book 4)
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    To quickly qualify my review – I discovered the Twilight Saga about a month ago, so I have basically read all four books as one 2500-page novel. I’m in my fifties, and the series was recommended to me by a 20 something guy at a bookstore. Bottom line, I can’t speak to the young adult audience for whom the saga was written, and I didn’t have years between books to ruminate about how it would all end. Also, whether the laws of Meyer’s supernatural world were bent or broken during the writing of this book is for other reviewers to debate.

    As I read the Twilight saga, the two things that carried me were the romance and suspense. The romance (whether you’re a member of Team Edward or Team Jacob) was palpable throughout. The works that inspired the first three books in the saga – Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, and Wuthering Heights – number among the great romantic stories of our time, and Meyer adapted them brilliantly to her story of first love in town of Forks, WA. In terms of suspense, big battles never seemed to be the author’s choice. Tense moments were built more out of implication than body count. The final showdown with James in Twilight seemed to me the most graphic battle of the first three books. The scenes with Laurent and the Volturi in New Moon were suspenseful, but no blood was shed in either. Even in Eclipse, the confrontation with Victoria and her minions played out like the chorus describing an off-stage battle in a Greek tragedy (with a bit of head rolling tossed in for good measure). So, tense and dramatic, yes. But violent and filled with depictions of hand-to-hand combat, no.

    Having said that, I think that Breaking Dawn needed more of the kind of “Cowbell” that made me a fan in the first place. All the heat of that torchy, end-of-the-world, young love was reduced to a patio-sized chiminea. The newlywed’s preoccupation with sex was not a problem for me. After all, these kids had two years of pent-up passion to work out of their systems. Heck, I was almost as frustrated as they were by the time they hit that island. For me, the issue had more to do with the small amount of screen time given to Bella and Edward’s great LOVE. It seemed as though the wedding guests were still picking rice of our their hair when Bella’s first bout of morning sickness made an appearance. Where was the cuddling, the pillow talk, the connection between two young lovers who have finally become one? As for the other kind of Cowbell, i.e., suspense, there’s a good reason that no one ever refers to The Merchant of Venice as real page turner. While the play includes a great bit of debate over a pound of flesh, I never for one moment thought that a pound of flesh would actually be extracted. Same here. I didn’t expect a limb-tearing, flying-head, re-do of The 300. That’s never been Meyer’s style. What I did expect, though, was to believe that the characters believed – even for a moment – that they were really in danger. And I didn’t.

    If I’d been Meyer’s editor, I’d have advised her to go for more romance (with a capital R) between Bella and Edward, less Shylock and more Buffy on the battlefield, and I’d have given that vampire UN (like the U.S. Congress) the rest of the summer off. I wasn’t Meyer’s editor, though. I was just one of her many readers. And as one of her readers, I have to say that I had a pretty bitchin’ summer thanks to the Twilight Saga. The story kept me turning pages for about a month, and I can’t remember the last time I did that much reading without a thesis paper due at the end. Also, I think Meyer does a great acknowledgements page and, based on her recommendation, I discovered the band Muse. If it’s possible for music to “sound like” a book, Muse actually evokes for me memories of the Twilight Saga. Pretty cool, eh?

    I hope that the negative reviews of Breaking Dawn don’t keep people from making a stop in the town of Forks. It’s actually a pretty interesting place with some pretty interesting people — and an inordinate number of really cool cars.

  5. Amanda MD says:

    Review by Amanda MD for Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Book 4)
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    Sorry about the length of this, but I am absolutely livid about this book. I am angry at myself for reading the trash, but exponentially more furious at Stephenie Meyer for writing it. This book is an insult. If you are a fan of the series, over the age of 12 and/or have an IQ above 50, then DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. PLEASE listen to me. Thank God I didn’t spend a penny on it.

    Everything that made the romance between Edward and Bella so great has absolutely been destroyed. Gone are the cute, innocent teenagers who fall into an impossible romance in the cafeteria. I don’t think I can ever read or watch Twilight again. I mean, I always slightly cringed when it was obvious that a modern teenager had nothing to do with any of these books. (ex. “Holy Crow?” Even my GRANDMOTHER doesn’t say that.) Or the sometimes over-the-top sappy exposition and dialogue. But I could deal. But this BOOK. It was like watching my childhood stuffed animal get… um, defiled. It was that horrifying.

    I understand the concept of author’s prerogative, but ANY author has a responsibility to 1) Keep leaps of logic to a minimum, which definitely excludes some weird, mutant child of the corn, 2) Keep the plots and characters consistent throughout the series within the framework which the author has set up, and 3) Follow basic rules of writing and editing a novel designed for an intelligent audience. All 3 of which were shockingly snubbed in Breaking Dawn.

    Please, please, please. Do yourself a favor and stop reading at Eclipse, or better yet, at New Moon or Twilight, and fill in the very few blanks for yourself. I will never criticize an author for having an ambiguous ending again. Just click on “Most Helpful Reviews” and you will see the many, many people who feel the same way.

    *SPOILERS AHEAD, but you should probably read this part anyway to realize just how awful this book is*

    Here are a few of the many, many problems I have with this book:

    1) So Edward and Bella get married and that part’s pretty cute, even though I think it would have made more sense to transform her first, since that’s how they’re planning to spend their marriage. They get married at the very beginning of the book, and Bella doesn’t even really want to. She agreed because she wants to get laid. Wow, warms the heart.

    Then begins the vomit-inducing 700 pages.

    2) Edward and Bella have sex. A lot. Effectively ruining the innocence of their cute romance and turning it into some trashy, thinly-veiled-porn novella you buy at the airport. Sex is at the very least alluded to in almost every scene they have together. They like it. We get it.

    But that’s not the worst part. Even while she is HUMAN. Um, Edward is a creature who literally turns iron into dust and moves as fast as a speeding car without breaking a sweat. And she wants him to have SEX with her as she is?! How the HELL would that be 1) Enjoyable for him, and 2) Not life-threatening for her?! Not only does Bella whine, manipulate, and cry her way into doing this outrageously stupid and selfish thing (totally decimated my respect for her character), but then Edward, totally out of character, gives into her crap and agrees to TRY. TRY?! Why don’t I just TRY to juggle chainsaws?! And for what? So she can GET SOME a little bit ahead of schedule? She can’t bear to have her first time unless she’s worried about Edward breaking her in HALF?! If I was Edward, had Bella even suggested such a thing I would have first laughed myself silly, then run screaming in the other direction from such a reckless lunatic. That whole thing really pissed me off.

    3) Pregnant. 17-year-old vampire Edward and 18-year-old human Bella. Ew. Ew. Ew. I can accept the marriage, because Edward will never get older, and they love each other. But when I got to that part, and both of their reactions to it, I wanted to scream I was so angry. It is just so small and stupid, so out of place in the story, and CONTRIVED. Ugh! As so many other people said, I thought it was Fanfiction I was reading, not a published work, let alone from the actual author. I’m curious as to what Meyer was smoking when she thought this was an appropriate plot line. But it got worse. What suspension of disbelief I had left broke, and I became permanently removed from the story. I began to hate Bella, and resent Edward’s cardboard characterization.

    4) Their weird mutant spawn literally kills Bella slowly. And she couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

    The fact that Meyer had made the ridiculously immature, but lovable and relatable teenager Bella PREGNANT was bad enough. But then it is with some weird, unknown mutant parasite, that saps all her strength, breaks several of her bones (including her SPINE) and causes various bruises, and makes her drink HUMAN BLOOD. During Bella’s pregnancy, I was literally shuddering with disgust on almost every page. That is not an exaggeration. And I’m 19.

    No joke, I was rooting for the wolves to attack the Cullens and kill the thing. Bella and Edward’s characters fly so far off their character rails that you can’t even see them any more. Bella whole-heartedly embraces the thing while it slowly kills her, and Edward does nothing but hopelessly mope about it.

    5) The birth and Bella’s transformation.

    UGGGGHHHH. This was hands-down the most disturbing passage I have ever read. I had to put the book down to take some deep breaths several times out of anger and disgust, and then wrestle with myself about whether or not to keep reading multiple times on one page. My Edward and Bella. Who fell in love as lab partners, and cutely fought because of their stubborn personalities.

    Here, Bella, dieing and screaming in agony, vomits blood while the mutant baby inside of her destroys her body, internal organs and spine. Edward uses his teeth to bite the baby out of her uterus. Bella dies and then Edward injects vampire venom into her heart with a syringe.

    This is how Bella starts her new life with him. TOTAL Slap. In. The. Face.

    I was ready to drive to Arizona, find Stephenie Meyer’s house, and burn it down.

    6) Renesmee. This is what Bella names their child. Ruh. Nez. May. A combination of Renee and Esme. Seriously?

    Seriously, Stephenie Meyer?

    Why didn’t you just sell a book that just says, “To all my fans: F%*# YOU.”

    When Bella tells her father that the baby’s middle name is Carlie, I thought, “well, that’s not so bad.” Then she says that it’s a combination of “Charlie” and “Carlisle.”

    Again, I considered driving to Arizona.

    7) Bella as vampire. One of the things that made this series so great was how seemingly-impossible and different the relationship with her and Edward was. She literally had to give up her humanity, her family, and her whole life, in order to have a future with him, but she decided that the love of her life was worth it. It’s a difficult, heart-breaking choice and I really liked that. But no. All of a sudden, Bella has it all. She is infinitely more beautiful, graceful, powerful, inexplicably becomes supermom at 18, and still retains all the parts of her humanity she was afraid to lose. She has a child, she stays in Forks, and tells her family. There are mentions of her carrying wads of five thousand dollars like it was chump change, which is BEYOND out of character. Waiters “gasp” at her beauty. She also becomes sickeningly vain. Then they run off to a little storybook cottage her new family has just given her for free, and Edward and Bella “make love” in it like rabbits every chance they get. If Bella had any relatability left, especially for teenagers, she lost it. This also applies to the believability of the story as a whole and the complexity of the Twilight characters.

    8) Jacob and Renesmee.

    Jacob, the cute and friendly guy (but also rapist-in-training in Eclipse) who is painfully in love with and loyal to Bella, imprints (falls in love with) on her newborn BABY. This is beyond sick and pedophilic. But it’s ok. He’s willing to “share” the baby with Bella and Edward. Bella and Edward quickly realize this whole thing is great. WHAT the F#*%?!

    If it weren’t bad enough that this annoyingly perfect child that absolutely everyone in the book ADORES exists, she is destined to be with JACOB. At the end of the book, Edward calls Jacob SON. I just shuddered again WRITING that.

    9) The climax, or lack thereof.

    After several stupid and pointless pages, and GIANT letdowns with weak plotlines about secret messages and hidden motives that go nowhere, nothing happens. Bella puts up her magical, super-scary mental shield around everyone and all of a sudden the infinitely powerful and wizened vampire royalty runs away, peeing their pants.

    In conclusion, Breaking Down is not only literary trash that should have returned from the editor’s office soaked in red ink, but it also completely destroys the story as a whole. It makes me sick to my stomach what this book did to Edward and Bella in my mind and everyone else’s. I will never read a single page of this absolute rubbish again, and hopefully I’ll forget about it in a few years. I pray this book will never make it into theaters.

    Do yourself a favor and don’t buy this.

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