1) Jacob's narrative - part 2 of the book was told entirely from Jacob's point of view. Not only did this narrative entertain me the reader and further develop his character, it was the perfect means for Meyer to deliver a story line that she knew many readers would find hard to digest. At the end of part 1, when the unusual growth of the fetus was clear to the reader, I started gagging... no wait, that's for the next part of this post. So I appreciated learning the gory details of Bella's pregnancy through Jacob's horrified eyes. And I laughed at each of the chapter titles that clearly reflected Jacob's personality and thoughts.
2) speed reading - a book that compels me to read 8 hours straight and stay up till 4am must possess some inherent value in my overall reading experience, regardless of my opinion of the content
3) maternal instinct - the point at which I was ready to put down the book and try to sleep at 2am even though I was not finished reading was maybe somewhere in part 3 where Bella picks up the narrative after her transformation. In the dark, eyes closed, I could only think bizarre and horrific scenarios of trying to protect my child from wildly unlikely dangers in our everyday life. I will attribute some of this insomnia mania to my natural neurotic tendencies, but I will also share the blame with Bella's intense and protective maternal instincts since before her child was conceived. So the evocation of that strong emotion belongs, for me, in the Good pile.
the Bad and Ugly
1) NOT young adult literature - students at our middle school seemed to share my interest in the Twilight series last year, so I have always assessed the "YA lit. value" of these books and stories. I had doubts starting with Twilight about the value of young teens reading Bella's love and lust for Edward, and I always told my students that they need parental supervision and involvement in the reading of these books. But the sexual content of Breaking Dawn truly pushes itself out of the realm of YA lit. IMPO - in my professional opinion. I still believe that reading choices are very individual and, for children and young adults, should involve parents and guardians.
2) Bella - I truly believed for a long time that there was some purpose to her clutziness, as in she was beyond human from the start, because I couldn't understand why else Meyer emphasized this flaw over and over and over... I kept looking for clues in her parentage. Then I added in Bella's mind resistance (to block out Edward, Aro, the twins, etc.), and hoped Meyer would deliver some explanation that covered both mysteries. BD explained the latter but ignored the former. So Bella's clutziness was just a plot device, not true characterization??? THEN, super clutzy human transformed into super controlled vampire?!
3) hybrid baby - Problem A was semantics because all I could think about was hybrid cars. Problem B was the logic of vampires having NO bodily fluids (except venom?) yet being able to reproduce. Problem C was ICK, ICK, ICK, that fast growing baby! Again, plot device to speed up the story?! Problem D returned to semantics because Renesme is an awful name.
I'll wrap it up, because complainers are annoying, by affirming my enjoyment of the first three books and anticipation of the movie and Midnight Sun. I'm reading The Host upon recommendation of friend Heather, and I'm enjoying it greatly! Stay tuned...