I’m a crier. I cry in weddings and movies and television shows. I even cried at the end of Terminator 2 when they lowered Schwarznegger into the pit of molten metal. *sniff*
That’s my litmus test for reading. If at some point I get that tight, pinching feeling in my chest and I start to tear up, then I know the writing sucked me in and affected me. I still may not say that it’s a good book overall, but I’ll definitely give the author props for invoking emotion in me. I feel the same if the writer made me laugh out loud as well, but that seems to be a harder task than making me tear up.
I just finished reading Twilight and I have to say, I enjoyed that book. Of course, I’m not alone. 🙂 I expected to be underwhelmed after Stephen King’s remarks and my Little Sis being so-so on it. But I can honestly say I really liked where this book went. Are there issues with it? Sure, but even my most favorite books are not flawless.
I think one of the reasons I can say I loved parts of this book is that it made me sniffly, sniffly in parts. I’m not even going to go for the fallback answer of “I can see why teenage girls would love this” review. I can be a picky, discerning reader, but at the same time, I’m also ready to be swept off my feet.