Edward shows up at Bella’s house unexpectedly the next morning to offer her a ride to school. She discovers the Cullens’ affinity for fast, “ostentatious” cars.
Jess is waiting in Trig to “ambush” Bella about her night with vampy boy. Edward, meanwhile, tells Bella he’ll be listening in on what she tells Jess about her feelings for him. All Bella can think about is seeing Eddy-poo again at lunch. Jessica wants details, but Bella avoids giving away too much. Jess starts to talk about her date with Mike, but Bella doesn’t really give a shit.
Cue lunch. Oh em gee — Edward picks up the lunch tab and sits with Bella again. They have basically the same conversation they have every time they talk, only this time Bella learns Edward’s favorite “drink”: mountain lion (Emmett, meanwhile prefers bear).
Edward tells Bella he won’t be around the next few days, due to a planned hunting trip, and Bella asks if she’ll ever get to see her boy toy in action. Edward is appalled at this thought.
Best Worst Lines
“‘W-o-w.’ She exaggerated the word into three syllables.” (203) (We dare you to try it – we’ve been trying to discern how it’s possible to make that word three syllables for weeks now. We still can’t figure it out.)
“‘Do you truly believe that you car more for me than I do for you?’ he murmured, leaning closer to me as he spoke, his dark golden eyes piercing.
I tried to remember how to exhale. I had to look away before it came back to me.
‘You’re doing it again,’ I muttered.
His eyes opened wide with surprise. ‘What?’
‘Dazzling me,’ I admitted, trying to concentrate as I looked back again.
‘Oh.’ He frowned.
‘It’s not your fault,’ I sighed. ‘You can’t help it.’” (208-209)
Things That Really Irk Us
Bella saying what she’s thinking out loud makes her sound even dumber. It makes us feel embarrassed on her behalf.
The fact that Edward is never really described in a way that allows us to picture him. We get the chiseled features, crooked smile, and golden eyes, but, really, saying someone has a “destroying angel face” doesn’t really make it possible for us to see him. We’ve never seen anyone that “perfect.”
Edward is beginning to take over Bella’s life. He drives her to school, buys her lunch, and reads the minds of all her friends in order to keep an eye on her. Seriously. Does nobody else find this as creepy as we do? Where we’re from, this would be considered borderline stalking after only the first date.
This book is really offering pre-teens a really screwed up idea of what love is supposed to be. Typically, the person who loves you doesn’t lust over the thought of sucking your blood and killing you…Go to Chapter 11.