Updated: Feb 19
Pros: Twilight rules and I will always gobble up a new part of the series. Unless its about Jacob + Rutabaga. Hard. Pass. Cons: Edward’s mind is exhausting and Stephanie is too.
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Of course this was going to be one of my first reviews, I mean come on. You had to know this. Now, this is my first attempt at a book blog post so be kind and patient with me. I made sure to have a TL;DR blurb right at the top in case you don’t want to go into the long winded section, but seeing as we both enjoy reading, I encourage you to read this!!! So right off the bat, I was ready for this book. I preordered it the day it was announced and waited patiently all summer for it to ship, sublimating my excitement by rewatching and rereading the saga from start to finish… multiple times. I was a joy to be around, I’m sure. Speaking of rays of sunshine…
15 years later and I am still beside myself over this incredibly emotionally constipated vampire teen boy.
So you already know this story (if you don’t then why are you here?) but to sum it up for those of you who don’t: Bella, the main character, starts off living in Phoenix but then decides to move to the tiny, drab town of Forks, Washington to live with her dad Charlie so her mom can travel with her new husband. Once she arrives though, things are weird. On her first day at Forks High she can’t help but notice and blatantly stare at the weird, super pale, incestuous adopted Cullen kids sauntering into the school cafeteria. Come to find out, its a family of vampires and BOOP Bella is in love with Edward, arguably the most stoic of the Cullen clan and the only one not seemingly banging one of his sisters. Throughout the entire first Twilight book, we follow Bella (and her thoughts) as she falls literally all over herself and “unconditionally and irrevocably in love” with the brooding, chaotic, slightly creepy Edward. This love however, is filled with problems. Of course, what is love without a little traumatizing danger right? Well, Midnight Sun is basically the exact book except this time, we are following Edward and his thoughts through the exact same story. His thoughts are… a lot. I heard from several people how hard it was to read because it was so heavy. Even Stephanie Meyer herself said that writing this book was so much harder because of how much of a bummer Edward’s mind is. For me though, I felt a familiarity in his anxious, pessimistic, overly dramatic perspective. His energy was as I previously said, chaotic and I absolutely agree that it was exhausting to try and follow him through the doldrums of his brain… but I did it guys, I did it and I’d do it again too because I have an unhealthy love for this story. Plus, as I said, I am used to that kind of brain. Hello! I live in one. SPOILERS AHEAD, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Anyway, it was really great to read through his eyes so to speak. Things that were unclear or confusing in the first book were answered or illuminated in this book. For instance, him talking about how kind Bella was; to her friends, to her family, to people she barely knew, it really helped enlighten me to why he was so transfixed in the first place. I promise, I am not hating on Bella (though I can and I have and I do) but to be quite honest, I never got it. I never understood the pull she had, aside from her obvious stink. She was a very bland, boring person in my personal opinion so how could a worldly, Adonis-like century old vampire become a literal lovesick wreck over this girl? Another thing I reallllllly appreciated was the 974 ways he was planning to kill Bella and the entire Biology class. That was not only super entertaining for me on a spiritual level but it really helped to showcase just how intense his desire for her blood was. In the first Twilight book we just got his weird stares and rude reaction. In the film of course, we had our boy R. Patts glaring uncomfortably for an entire hour long class and then storming out immediately which was just funny. Let’s be honest. With his perspective in this book though, it was quite literally almost a bloodbath in that classroom and man we really missed out on the cut scene of him imagining that in the movie. I’m looking at you, Catherine. A few other key points I wanted to hit on are:
Stephanie Meyer and the Mormon dogma that she modeled this book after are cringe and I will not budge on this, but damn if she didn’t give me a good story to latch onto every time I am in a depressive state. She is a problematic human as a whole and that is hard for me to carry around. For more info on her crap, I suggest a google search.
I love how at first, he was really just planning to kill Bella and then have the whole family relocate. Like, that was literally his plan. He even had the support of some of his family members which I found (no pun intended) delicious.
Speaking of his family, I loved getting a more in depth look at the relationships, stories and interactions between all the Cullens/Hales. I especially loved Edward and Alice’s way of communicating and the close brotherhood that Edward and Emmet shared. It was all very endearing and helped me fall in love with the characters all over again.
Also, and I cannot state this enough, Edward’s unbridled hatred for Mike Newton was SO entertaining.
It was strange to me that Edward couldn’t read Charlie’s mind clearly either which would make Bella’s quiet thoughts a genetic thing? I guess? I mean, for me to love this franchise like I do I have had to suspend disbelief already, but like… genetic static brain? It was just kinda weird to me, I don’t know. It made a lot of sense that Renee’s (Bella’s mom) thoughts were loud though. She seems like a very loud person in general.
The ending where he lets us know that he plans to leave Bella but then proceeds to spend all summer with her made me very angry and sad. This is huge for me to admit because I don’t care for Bella, but like, it just felt like all of the good times, the memories, the moments spent together from her time in the hospital until he left her crying in the woods in New Moon were all lies. Don’t like. Unfollow. Unsubscribe.
Ultimately, I love the book. I gave it 4 stars only because we are not doing half stars and I plan to be very stingy with my 5 star recommendations. I recognize that this book/story is not for everyone and that the redundancy of Meyer’s writing can slow the book down a bit, so all in all, 4 stars. Will I read it again? Probably, but for now, it’s on to the next for me!