Title: Midnight Sun
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reading Level: Grades 7-12; Lexile level unknown; Accelerated Reader level unknown
Interest Level: In my opinion, I suggest Grades 9-12+ due to some violence, language, and some implied “passionate” topics. There is mention of sensitive topics in this review (and in the book).
Synopsis: If you read Twilight (which you definitely should read first!), then you already kind of know this story. Until this book came out, we only knew Bella’s side of the story so this book is Twilight from Edward’s view. Bella is intrigued by Edward and his unique family. Edward is intrigued by Bella, more so than any other student he is usually around. This book also gives details about Edward’s past and his internal struggles.
Personal Reaction: Honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting from this book but it disappointed me. It wasn’t horrible, but I didn’t think it was great either. This book seemed to just drag on and on, I felt like I was never going to finish it. I feel like I should have reread Twilight before picking up Midnight Sun just so I could compare the two stories. I also feel like I may have enjoyed this book more if I had been able to read it forever ago when it was originally expected. Also, the movies kind of ruined the book for me because all I could picture is Kristen Stewart as Bella *insert face palm here*. There are some violent scenes in the book, but nothing is too terribly unexpected if you’ve read the first book. Please be aware that this book does mention suicide. This book does include some “scenes” with kissing and flirting (and a mention of “intensely physical” love).
Recommendation: Do I recommend this book? That’s a tough question. I recommend it if you just want closure for the series. I recommend it if you (like me) spent YEARS waiting for this story. I really didn’t find this book all that great and really had to force myself to finish.