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To Twilight or Not to Twilight: Is Twilight Appropriate for Tweens?

Every time my daughter would ask me if she could read the book Twilight, I would try to put her off, “Hey, how about that Zac Effron? Huh?” or “Here, have my car keys, take a spin around the block.” Ugh, anything not to have to deal with this Twilight issue. When that didn’t work, I agreed that I would read the book first and then make the decision. I so did not want to read that book. I did not want to take part in the drinking of the Twilight Kool-Aid. I am a bonafide book snob after all and wouldn’t be caught dead (interesting word choice) reading a trashy romance novel, especially one that involved (gulp) vampires? Plus, what if I (don’t say it …) enjoyed it?

Oh man, did I! I loved every delicious morsel of it. Sure, you can critique the writing ’til the moon comes out, but Stephenie Meyer is a genius. She’s created a series that appeals not only to young girls, but to women as well.

Oh, Edward ...

Sorry, my mind wandered there for a moment. What was I saying? Oh, right, women like Twilight, but is Twilight right for your tween? Well, I think it depends on the kid. There is absolutely no sex in this book and actually a case could be made that it promotes abstinence, however, there are many sexual undertones that your kid may or may not pick up on. But it’s not a dark, vampiry, goth story. It is a romance/good vs. evil/ teen angst ...

Oh, Edward ...

Darn it, again? Anyway, if you’re not sure, read it and decide for yourself. I’m sure if my mother had known what was in Forever by Judy Blume she would have never let me read that one. And remember Flowers in the Attic? Way inappropriate. And what about the popular “Clique” series of books with titles like, P.S. I Loathe You, Sealed with a Diss, and It’s Not Easy Being Mean. What? I don’t think so. I’ll take Edward, I mean, Twilight over those books any day. 

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