A review by louisar
Midnight Sun, by Stephenie Meyer

challenging funny lighthearted tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


Oof, this book. It was definitely a challenging read, but not because it was literary in any sense. I love twilight, but even this was too much for me. I would only recommend this book to die hard, unironic fans of twilight. If you are anything less, spare your eyes from this atrocity of male angst. 
I was very intrigued throughout this book with the “monster” inhabiting Edward’s head. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be a metaphor or figurative or if Edward has multiple personalities, which would honestly make sense. I like that this book is basically just a constant stream of consciousness, Edward’s consciousness. It’s funny to be reading all his “I hate myself” “the monster in my head rejoiced”  that takes up multiple pages, and compare it with the movie where it’s just a shot of rob Pattinson looking constipated. Basically Edward goes through life (or death, I guess) with an inner dialogue that sounds like someone reading the Bible in KJV (you know his favorite verse would be Psalm 38). Pretty relatable, tbh. 
One thing that I actually liked was that it’s basically confirmed at this point that Bella is neurodivergent—the way both Charlie and Renee are described indicates that they are as well so it makes what we know about Bella make a lot more sense. 
The rest of my notes are incoherent:
Love the fact that Edward is an incel. I feel like I could take out large chunks of this book and replace it with passages from You and it would be exactly the same.
But also I’m getting the guy from the infamous “three weed smoking girlfriends” vibes as well, and what the heck, it also sounds like it could have come out of my middle school (current) diaries as well. Stephenie’s really doing everything in her power to try to convince you that there was no way Edward could have stayed away from her and that he’s a good person and didn’t have a choice lol. Also the part where Bella’s asking him questions and he’s like “hypothetically, if someone, let’s call him JOE” like HE’S LITERALLY JOE FROM YOU. 
The further you get into this book the less Edward is the gentlemanly, “Tom Hiddleston” sort of dude s meyer wants me to think he is (did we ever see him that way, tbh?) and more of an awkward Mormon nice guy in a bowler hat who insists on opening doors for you because of “chivalry”. 

Here is a list of some of my favorite quotes:
“All these other HUMAN MALES” 
“I stared at my own white hand, so GROTESQUELY inhuman”
“The sun was rising in the middle of my midnight” basically my middle poetry/diary
Nice to know that at least Edward isn’t mentally over a hundred years old, so I guess it’s ok…?
“The sound of my growl shook the frame of my car but did not distract me”
“How many ways I wanted Bella. And which one would end up killing her?”

And now, I give you the WORST line in the entire book:
“I may not be a human, but I am a MAN” 

And my favorite line:
Edward is basically like, “Wow, this teen girl and I are alike because we both like somebody” and then the next second he’s like (direct quote), “She was human, and he was human, and the difference that seemed so insurmountable in her head was truly ridiculous compared to my own situation. There was no reason for her broken heart. What a wasteful sorrow,” like damn, Edward. Welcome to his twisted mind, I guess. Peak teenage edgelord shit. 

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