As a fan of love stories with a bit of a difference, Twilight was right up my alley. A fear of vampires kept me away from this book for a long time but, when I did read it, it was love at first sight. I found it an addictive page turner with characters who were engaging and well formed.
I have given it five stars not because it is a perfect book, but because it has become my favourite read. And considering this book represents the first time author Stephenie Meyer ever penned any book (not just the first one she tried to publish, but the first she ever wrote at all), it is quite something. Writing well takes a lot of experience and it's not an easy thing to write a novel for the first time and see any success at all.
It does have faults. It could have done with a far more stringent edit. Yes, there are too many superlatives used to describe Edward's beauty. But at least, in this case, there is a plot-related reason to tell the reader that he is astoundingly beautiful, unlike most novels with a handsome male lead. However, there are still too many, and some should have been cut. Some passages are a little clumsy, but these elements didn't detract in any way from my enjoyment of the book.
Obviously, this will not be the case for everyone and some people will find the writing clumsy and not to their taste, as we are all different, but if you are considering reading it, please try it. You may be pleasantly surprised.