Author: Stephenie Meyer
Country: United States
Series: Twilight series
Genre(s): Young adult, Romance novel
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication date: September 6, 2006
Media type: print (hardcover, paperback)
Preceded by: Twilight
Followed by: Eclipse
Protagonist Isabella “Bella” Marie Swan turns 18. Alice and Edward Cullen, the vampire she loves, throw her a birthday party. While unwrapping a gift, she gets a small paper cut. Edward’s brother, Jasper, is overwhelmed by the sent of her blood’s scent and tries to attack Bella. To protect her from the danger of vampires, Edward ends his relationship with Bella, and he and his family leave Forks, Washington. Bella becomes severely despondent and seeks comfort with Jacob Black, a cheerful friend who eases her pain over losing Edward.
Bella and Jacob develop a close friendship (Though Jacob wants more than friendship), and she soon realizes that adrenaline and thrill-seeking activities, such as motorcycle riding, help her to remember Edward more clearly. Meanwhile, Bella learns that Jacob is a werewolf. He and his fellow werewolves protect Bella from another vampire who who was sent to kill her by another enemy called Victoria who seeks revenge for her dead mate, James, whom the Cullens killed in Twilight.
Meanwhile, a series of miscommunications leads Edward to believe that Bella had jumped off a cliff and killed herself. Distraught over her supposed suicide, Edward flees to Italy to provoke the Volturi, peace-keeping vampires who would be able to kill him. Edward’s sister, Alice and Bella rush to Italy to save Edward, arriving just in time to stop him. Before leaving Italy, the Volturi tell them that because Bella knows that vampires exist, she must either be killed or transformed into a vampire. When they return to Forks, Edward tells Bella that he has always loved her and only left to protect her. She forgives him, and the book ends with the Cullens voting in favor of Bella being transformed into a vampire after her graduation, much to Edward’s dismay.