Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
Published: September 6, 2006 by: Little, Brown and Company
Rating: 5/5 stars
Bella is ready to start a the school year with her new boyfriend Edward Cullen. But just as she begins to grow closer to him and his family, the Cullens unexpectedly leave Forks for good, leaving Bella devastated for most of the year. In the spring however, she finds solace in Jacob Black, her kind friend who helps her to live again. But, Jacob also hides a paranormal secret, and Bella may be forced to choose between her friend, and her former love.
This is by far my favourite of the series. I thought Jacob really shone in this book and it's hard not to love him. Bella kind of conflicts me in this book. She shuts down after Edward leaves, which really annoyed me, because she makes it seem like she can only live when Edward is with her. She also engages in some self-destructive behaviour, which is quite problematic.
I loved how the werewolves really got the spotlight in this novel. I have always preferred them to the Cullen's, and their back stories. While I do think some of the indigenous representation in this novel could have done well with actual indigenous people approving it, I still love the entire wolf pack and everything they represent. A fun thing to note though, as my professor explained, the Blacks aren't actually werewolves, rather shape shifters. My mind was blown!
Edward and Bella really annoyed me in this novel. I thought their communication sucked, and the chemistry just wasn't really there. Bella finding the need to shut down after he leaves was just plain weird and wrong, and made me loose a little faith in her. The book definitely is redeemed when Jacob comes into her life.
Overall, this is the book that really made my Team Jacob come through. I don't think I paid it much attention when I first read this novel, but now, I think that what Bella really needed in this book was a friend, and she got that. Although, we all know that Jacob wants to be more, but more on that in the next novel.
Have you read New Moon? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess