Past all the hype with this series, you'll find something not quite fleshed out. It suffers from a Mary Sue type main character (meaning a stereotypical, un-fleshed character that the reader can easily envision their self in), and the writing in general is not all that. But Meyer does manage to put a neat little twist to the world of vampies, and Edward is THE perfect man for any woman, and that is the main reason this series is doing so well. It's a fun read if you can get over how simple and stereotypical of a "romance novel" it is. Just don't expect a fantastic example of literature.
Even though it is classified as a Young Adult book, I found it really enjoyable. And the romantic scenes are harmless, I would easily give it to my 12 yo to read as well.
1st book the series - awesome! I loved reading a paranormal romance without all the explicit (and often un-necessary) sex. I could not stop reading. I have read the 2nd book New Moon and am waiting for the 3rd book this fall (Eclipse) & intend to buy it the moment it is released. 5 stars ***** My fave series!!!