Book Review: Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, #4)
by Stephenie Meyer

4 out of 5 stars

There are so many weird things in this last book of the series. In some ways, it’s absolutely brilliant the way that all the crazy vampire/werewolf magical stuff comes together to bring a satisfactory resolution for each character. And in the moment as you’re reading it, it makes sense. But when you take a step back, it’s really just so weird and dumb. I still love it though!

The whole thing about werewolves imprinting on a child is just so strange. I mean, it’s magic, so… sure okay. But it’s just really hard to wrap your head around something so kooky.

I am always torn between liking and not liking Jacob’s perspective in this book. It’s so funny and interesting to see things from his POV, but at the same time, I feel like it’s awkward storytelling to suddenly jump into another character’s head when the entire series has been told exclusively from Bella’s perspective. It’s very cool to get that inside look into the pack mind and all the emotional politics between the werewolves. It’s so bittersweet to see Jacob’s heart up close and hear his tortured thoughts. But I just don’t like the disjointed structure that it gives to the overall narrative. I love it, but I also don’t.

I adore Edward and Bella in this book. They are so sweet together, but there is a little bite of pepper in their relationship where sometimes they don’t agree. They argue in the cutest way and it keeps things interesting between them.

I love the way that Bella’s character expands in this book. She is so helpless in the beginning of the series, and in every book she gets stronger and smarter and tougher and more compassionate. Eventually everyone around her begins to realize that she is not the damsel in distress who needs to be saved. She makes her own decisions. She is force to be reckoned with. She is both fierce and sweet. By the end of the series, she is the superhero saving everyone else. What a character arc!

There are so many clever things in this plot, and just as many idiotic things. I love how imaginative this world is; it seems like there is always something more to discover about different vampires and their history. There are so many great little details about each character that gives them so much depth. I love the exploration of meaningful themes like family, and motherhood, morality and death and life.

I am always amazed at this author’s writing style. There is something so immediate and emotional in her scenes. Even if Bella is just doing something boring like eating cereal, there is an emotional undercurrent that makes every action meaningful. It captivates me every time.

This book is not perfect, but I really loved it. The flaws were not severe enough to ruin my enjoyment, and all the good things and the wonderful characters made it so satisfying to read.

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