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“The Gallagher Girls books have been a part of my life since I was 12, when I first read I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You. At 12, I fell in love with the school, the characters, and Cammie's secret relationship with a normal boy. 12 is the age when girls start at the...”
“The Gallagher Girls books have been a part of my life since I was 12, when I first read I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You. At 12, I fell in love with the school, the characters, and Cammie's secret relationship with a normal boy. 12 is the age when girls start at the Gallagher Academy, and I felt like I went to the school along with Cammie, Bex, Liz and Macey.
Now I'm 18, and the Gallagher Girls have graduated along with me. The books have certainly changed in tone as the Gallagher Girls get older, grow up, and face many challenges far more serious than Cammie having a secret relationship.
I love seeing how the characters mature, and I like the darker tone in this book as they face terrorist organizations, serious threats to their lives, and discover what being a Gallagher Girl is all about.
It's been a wonderful journey for me, growing up with the Gallagher Academy, and if you're a fan of the other Gallagher Girls books, this will not disappoint. It's sad to see the series end, but it is a wonderful end to a wonderful series.”
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“It's hard for me to say exactly what I think of this book. When I first read it a couple years ago, I loved it. I read it several times, I fell in love with the characters, especially Edward, and I thought it was the perfect book. But now, looking at it again, I see so many flaws I didn't notice...”
“It's hard for me to say exactly what I think of this book. When I first read it a couple years ago, I loved it. I read it several times, I fell in love with the characters, especially Edward, and I thought it was the perfect book. But now, looking at it again, I see so many flaws I didn't notice the first time around. Bella is supposedly an average girl, and that's what's special about her-- she's clumsy, friendly, but pretty much all-around average. Yet I can't help but notice that she's a quite weak character. She relies on Edward, and later Jacob, to do anything. She meets Edward, and instantly BAM! She's head over heels madly in love with him. She barely knows him, yet he's perfect in her eyes, and he can do no wrong. But can Edward do wrong? Yes, he can. Edward is supposed to be perfect. He's handsome, smart, wise, talented, a gentleman, and best of all he's in love with an average girl-- Bella. Although Twilight doesn't emphasize this as much as some of the later books do, Edward is a stalker. Girls think it's romantic for a guy to fight over them, for a guy to break into their house and watch them sleep. Am I the only one who sees a problem with that? Girls think it's romantic for a guy to be protective and possessive of you, even when he forbids you to see your friend, because your friend is supposedly 'dangerous'. Even when Edward dictates to Bella exactly who she can and cannot see, and what she can and cannot do, girls still think it's romantic. And the reason Edward is attracted to Bella in the first place is because he wants to kill her and drink her blood. Oh, yes, how terribly romantic!
As for Jacob, he's no saint, either. Although he plays a relatively small role in this book, he'll become a major character in the next three. Jacob has a bad temper, he gets angry so easily, and he's just as possessive of Bella as Edward is. He tires to force Bella into loving him, by telling her that she does. Even when at first she denies it, thinking it's just a brotherly love, he refuses to accept that, and continues to tell Bella what she thinks. And what she supposedly thinks is that she's in love with him. And let's not forget the moment in New Moon where Jacob kisses Bella, and she punches him in the face. Instead of apologizing, or taking on any normal sort of reaction, he laughs. And when he takes Bella back to her house and she tells Charlie, her father, he says 'Good for you, Jake.' This is the 21st century, and women's rights have been around for a long time. Do we really want girls looking at Jacob and Edward and thinking 'I want a guy like that'? Edward and Jacob shouldn't be considered ideal boyfriends, they both have large, creepy aspects to their personality. Twilight sets the image that girls aren't independent, that they must have a boyfriend who will take care of them, and do everything for them, all the time. One thing which strikes me is how early on, Bella mentions a paper she wrote for English class about whether or not Shakespeare's treatment of women is misogynistic. I don't know what Bella decided on, yes or no, but as a reader of Shakespeare myself, I find this idea amusing. Why? Because Shakespeare has strong, female characters. Look at Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, or Lady Macbeth! They're both smart and strong, and in Beatrice's case, she's constantly out-witting Benedick. Yet Bella never lives up to Edward's or Jacob's standards. She never does anything for herself, she just sits there, helpless.
Once upon a time, I loved this book, and I still have some fond feelings for it, but it's just not a good book.”
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