New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (563 pgs) 2006
It’s tricky to write a romance when half the couple is absent (unless you count auditory hallucinations) for nearly the entirety of the book. Or I guess that leaves room for more angsty longing. Meyer’s depiction of adolescent heartbreak is spot on and the story is entertaining despite the lack o’ loving.
When Edward and his vampire clan pull up stakes with the grandiose intent of making Bella’s life a safer, happier one- the plan of course backfires. Bella is flattened, left drowning in despair for the better part of a year. The only thing that returns her to some semblance of her former functioning self is her friendship with Jacob. Only he’s not exactly a normal human himself. Enter peril and near death experiences ultimately leading to the lovers’ reunion. And leaving Bella stuck with a dilemma of damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t proportions regarding her continued humanity.