Top 20 Teen Books of the 21st Century: Week 12: Stephenie Meyer

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in rainy Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Why we liked it:

Who wouldn’t want to be adored like Edward adores Bella? To have someone dazzle them? In some ways, Edward and Bella’s love is a bit scary, but on the other hand I think all of us want a love that is intense, all-consuming and fueled by desire. It’s a love that shouldn’t be, but that neither can walk away from. Edward is old fashioned and truly a gentleman. He has waited a long time to find the right one. Bella on the other hand, is a modern teenager who knows exactly what she wants, but does not get to choose because the choice isn’t hers.

In the end, the only thing that truly matters is their love for one another.

Another reason we liked this book was because it gave teen fiction a whole new direction for authors with stories to tell. A huge slew of vampire novels came out, followed by more books involving werewolves, zombies, and other creatures of the night.

If you liked Twilight you also might like Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater or Firelight by Sophie Jordan. If you’ve read everything in the vampire arena, but still want something supernatural, try Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater, Intertwined, by Gena Showalter, or The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan.

And here’s our Teen Vampire booklist.

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