(The Twilight Saga #1)

by Stephenie Meyer

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.
Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife — between desire and danger.
Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

This was my first time returning to Forks in over a decade.

I still remember the first time I picked up Twilight. My best friend called me and was raving about this vampire book that I just had to read. She had checked it out from the local library and ended up buying herself a copy. I was preparing for my out of country vacation with my family. She loaned the book to me and told me to annotate my favorite parts with a pencil. She had written notes out in the margins on her re-read.

My flight was only four hours long so I thought I would give this book at try during my air travel. We took off from Chicago and that’s all I remember. I was so engrossed in this book that I didn’t realize we were getting ready to land. After landing, we had a bit of travel time to get to our destination. I spent the entire time, through beautiful scenery, immersed in this book. Just as we pulled up to our gate I finished the book. Riding an amazing high from this book. Do you know what I did next? I flipped to the start of the book and started reading again. This time I took my time and annotated all of my favorite parts. Laughing to myself at how much Bella reminded me of myself. Especially the parts where she was in gym class (LOL).

Twilight was the beginning of my absolute love for all things YA. The second book was not out yet and I remember the two of us counting down for New Moon. We stalked the author’s page before the days of social media. We made character boards with our favorite characters, again before Pinterest. It was some of the best times of my life. I’m so thankful for this book. Even if the writing isn’t amazing, it still holds a very important spot in my life.

Reading this book as an adult brought back all those feelings. All the excitement and the craze. My visit back to Forks was so long overdue. I missed Bella and Edward more than I really knew. They welcomed be back with open arms.

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