While I was in high school, I didn't really fit in. I mean I had a select group of friends, and I knew just about every body on campus, but I never fit in. I went to school with the same people from first grade and on into college. Not that I mind going to school with the people that I did, I was just always outcasted, like I said I never really fit in. I was always that teenager that had her head stuck in some book trying to ignore all of the rumors that were spread around about me. You know, the one that was nice to everyone, but was never treated nicely in return. The one that was always being made fun of. So one summer I decided that I was going to change. I came up with an all new wardrobe, my style, that everyone had to copy, again. And I was a completely different person on the outside. I still had my nose in the latest book and was still nice to everyone that I talked to.
So one day a friend of mine noticed that I didn't have a book with me. Something is wrong if I am not with a book. She offered me this book, that I looked over time after time but never really cared for reading about vampires because I was jealous. Ever notice that they are always better looking and more popular than the average person. So it took some convincing, but she finally got me to read the book. The book was called Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I had read some other things by Meyer in the past, you know when she was writing for the Chicken Soup books? At first I thought that this wouldn't really be worth reading. I mean what book is when the main character is talking about their own death. Not something I like reading about. But then I forced myself into it because that friend doesn't give me a book without knowing that it will be a good one and one that I would like.
The more that I read it, the more I began to like it. And then it dawned on me. These aren't your typical vampires! They want to be human. I got so into the book that it became my bible. I eventually went out and bought my own copy because my friend wanted hers back. I began to carry the book with me every where I went. I wouldn't leave the house without it. I fell in love with it.
This book came out during my sophomore year in high school. It helped me get through so many things, like one of my really great friends passing away, the many fights that my family got into, the legal battles within my family. And even the everyday life of being a awkward teenager in high school. This book became my safe haven. It became my escape when my life was just too hard to deal with.
When the next books came out I was so ecstatic because it isn't often when your favorite books get a sequel, or even a third or fourth book!
These books changed everything for me. And I only have one person to thank for that and that is Stephenie Meyer.
I shied away from them for a while reading other books that caught my interest, but about 9 months ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and to deal with the everyday thought that my mother could just not wake up was really hard. Especially when you are going to school full time, with no help from the family financial wise and working three different jobs just to cover the cost of living. I picked up these sarced books, and once again found myself able to deal with everything in my life.
Thank you Stephenie, you have changed my life more that once and in more that one way. I even have my mother reading them. She loves them.
btw, she is currently cancer free and has been for several months now. She found something in your books, to. The light that let her keep strong!