by Stephenie Meyer
Published: August 2, 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover (756 pages)
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life - first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse - seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed...forever?
Breaking Dawn was so much better when I read it the second time. The first time I read it, I loved part 1, was shocked for part 2, and disappointed for part 3. Part 1 is still my favorite. The wedding and honeymoon are pure bliss to read. Bella’s reaction to the honeymoon (where she’s sitting on the floor in the bathroom) is so completely honest and so relatable. And then we get to part 2. I was completely shocked. I like being surprised, but Stephenie sailed right over surprise and stunned you with pure bizarre. As Robert Pattinson put it, “She’s not even thinking outside the box anymore. She’s broken the whole box!” If it weren’t for Jake’s great sarcasm and the humor he brings, there’s no way anyone would make it through part 2. The second time reading part 2, I found it mostly funny since I knew what to expect. It was so close to real life, but heightened by supernatural horror. I feel bad for Edward during part 2, but come on. His melodrama mostly amused me. The first time I read Breaking Dawn, part 3 dragged like a bag of rocks. Who are all these new people suddenly showing up? And then the anti-climatic no-fight at the end was very disappointing. However, when I read it the second time and knew that was going to happen, I actually enjoyed part 3 and it didn’t seem so long. I think people’s main dislike for Breaking Dawn came from the fact that too many things were unexpected. If there had been better foreshadowing, I think people would have enjoyed it more. So, if you read Breaking Dawn once when it first came out and didn’t like it, read it again. It was much more entertaining the second time around.
Content Rating: Medium, for some non-graphic sex scenes that “fade to black” and for violence that is somewhat gory.