I really hope not to ruin any one's experience with Breaking Down. I'm going to try to be as fair to Stephenie Meyer as possible, and I'm going to try not to spoil it for anyone--as far as spoilers go.
I had taken the kids to the pool in the afternoon, and by the time we got back home at about 6:30, I was totally exhausted already. So were the kids. My wonderful neighbor B. was watching Gorgeous, El Cangri, and Chubbers, and I left towards Barnes and Noble with my friend A. and Swan. B&N was a zoo. There were die hard Twilighters all mixed up with Goth guys who just took the advantage to dress as vampires. The majority of the girls and women present had T-Shirts supporting mostly Edward. It was so much fun to see everyone having so much fun!
There even was a guy dressed up as Edward who looked eerily like Robert Pattison. Jacob was well represented too. Somebody had taken one of those wolf dogs, which wasn't as dark as my Jacob (the one I picture in my mind), but was pretty cool all the same. Some people had T-shirts about Jacob too, but those made me sad. They mostly said, "I Hate You Jacob Black! The store had a lot of activities (face painting, future telling, trivia, etc) but the lines were outrageously long. Swan and A. had a lemonade (B&N had run-out of the strawberry shake was Edward's signature drink of the night), and I grabbed a water. At 11:00 they had everyone vacate the store, and make the lines outside. We headed to Wal-Mart where even though they did have a line, it wasn't bad at all. They had everyone picking up the book at customer service, and then just pay at one of the registers. We were pretty close the the front of the line, number 50 I would say, and had to wait by the men's underwear section! How we all laughed about that! We had to wait less than 1 hour, and I got M&M's. I loved that part about waiting, talking about the other girls in line, like we were friends or something. Twilight united us I guess. Wal-Mart didn't have a huge party like B&N did, but they had free cupcakes, and also passed out BD buttons and stickers. I was thrilled with mine!
Midnight finally struck, and the lines moved very quickly. By 12:10 I had my book, plus a copy for Cristina, who was number 1 million over at B&N, and who arrived at WM a few minutes after 12:15 to get her book.
We arrived home, all excited and hyper, and luckily my 2 babies were asleep over at our neighbor's. They stayed asleep, and my two older lovies fell asleep right away. I read until 7 with a couple of interruptions. My emotions ranged from delight, to unbelief, to outrage, to relief, to I don't know what for the next hours. I finished the book, and I'm proud to report that I didn't flip to the last page. At the end I was delighted that there was a character with my nephew's name, Nahuel! How unlikely is it that his name would be recognized all over the world now! (It's pronounced Na-oo-EL). I was a little disappointed with the book, and I was trying to tell Gorgeous a little of how I felt. When I told him I hadn't like it, he asked, "What did you expect mom?", and that opened my eyes. Of course, how was Stephenie Meyer going to create a happy ending that everyone liked? It's impossible. Still, I feel the same as with HP 5, a little empty after waiting for so long! I think it was the name that put me off, Ranesmee, Come on Steph! I hated it, even more the nickname, Nessie, but oh well. The love story still as beautiful, even though I can't picture Edward as a 17 year old anymore, and Charlie's reaction? So out of everything! I didn't like that part.
But I'm happy about Jacob, even though I feel his imprinting with that person wasn't really necessary. Some people are shocked about it, but
in how many stories is the vampire in love with a descendant of his first love? Yes, a lot. And even though it wasn't the vampire to do this, it was still a mythical character who did it, right?
BD is total fiction, and it's about vampires. I think SM was very classy with the way she wrote about the honeymoon. Steamy and thought provoking (in every sense of the word) without turning into a too revealing thing. Edward's reaction after he gets his news is totally understandable. He loves Bella above anything and everything; it's obvious he'll want to protect her even from someone they also loved but who was hurting her.
The affair with the Volturi was handled well too. No unnecessary deaths.
The best part? How a lot of people started liking Jake more. What I don't like is what others are complaining about, "It's not fair Bella got everything she wanted!" Come on! Are you really so hateful? Who wouldn't want the heroin to have everything she wanted. If a fictional character can't, then who?
after all this analyzing I realized that I liked it more than I thought at first. I'm tired and my kids are being so horrible today! Talk about precocious babies! Mine knows she can get away with anything today, and boy is she taking advantage of that!
We missed the parade today, but we'll see the fireworks tonight, and I still have the baby shower. No, I just keep glancing the clock to decide when it's appropriate to have the kids take a nap so I can sleep too.
I can't wait for the girls to finish reading it so we can talk about it! Please hurry up, and if you want, share your thoughts about the book.
I want to read it slowly now, and really know what to think about it.