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.
The book is read by Ilyana Kadushin, who has a very nice voice. I read the book a couple of times before I bought the audio CD and the way she read the book was entirely different from how I understood the book. There's something off about the way she reads it, like she is off on her comedic timing and hasn't quite mastered the art of sarcasm. That's the best way I can explain it.
Another thing that bothers me is the way she mispronounces "Quileute" in the first half of the book. Somewhere towards the end, she corrects it.
It is still a good story, but doesn't even begin to reach the quality I've enjoyed with Jim Dale and Harry Potter.
I thought this was an amazing book, even if the plot of new-girl-in-town falls in love with the loner vampire is slightly over used. Wonderfully detailed descriptions and new takes on the cliche subject make this book 100% worthwhile.
Once I opened the cover I was captivated, I read this whole book in one night.
After hearing rave reviews about this series from a Mommy friend of mine, I decided to give it a try. Up until pretty much the end of the book, I found the whole thing unrealistic (aside from the vampire part) and slow. The main character is so far from acting like a typical teenager that it's bizarre. I had to force myself to finish the book, and have no desire to see what happens in the future with these characters. I read that this is going to be a movie, and maybe it will be a little more lively and vibrant on the screen, but unless you just adore vampire novels, you might want to check out something else.