Reviews for Twilight Companion : The Unauthorized Guide to the Series

VOYA Reviews 2009 April
In an overly cutesy style of writing, Gresh attempts to make a connection with teenage readers of Stephenie Meyer's exceedingly popular vampire series, The Twilight Saga. But as the author states, she has "been grown up for a long time" and her often condescending tone might miss the mark in connecting with Myers's avid readership. Gresh also admits this "unauthorized guide" was predominantly written before the final book was published and adds a concluding eight-page chapter addressing Breaking Dawn (Little Brown, 2008/VOYA October 2008). Gresh frequently wanders off topic, such as a tangent on the wife of the actor who plays Carlisle Cullen in the movie version of Twilight (Little Brown, 2005/VOYA October 2005). These wanderings can either be viewed as entertaining or skipped altogether, including the chapter on the microscopic hydra's immortality Nevertheless teens who find this guide might enjoy taking the lengthy quizzes--Could Edward be the man for you? is fifty-five entries long--to determine their compatibility with a vampire boyfriend. Reading aloud some of the comments in the quizzes' scoring system could certainly be entertaining to a group of young teenage girls. Some teens may like this book for its smarminess, but Twilight aficionados will find the ramblings irrelevant and the inaccuracies irritating. A better choice would be to wait for Meyer's The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide to be published in September 2009.--Ruth Cox Clark 2Q 2P M J S Copyright 2009 Voya Reviews.