This also elicits character sympathy for Jacob as he’s just too nice to be treated this way but he’s also seemingly too nice to call out Bella’s cattiness.Again, this might be purposely intended to portray Bella as an immature, indecisive teen, but it earns her no applause from me.
but he is more of a background figure in that book.) In some ways, I like Jacob more than Edward: Jacob seems to have more personality, which makes him less one-dimensional, and he is an overall good guy.
At the same time, Jacob contends with being a monster himself (as he and his family are werewolves, though not in the traditional sense).
This is perhaps the cleverest thing Stephenie Meyer has achieved in writing this long, inwardly focused, mostly slow-paced, yet compulsively page-turning book.
Once you start it, you will finish it; and once you finish it, you will want to start the next book in the series, Eclipse.
Aside from Jacob’s personality, the other reason why I viewed him as the book’s saving grace was the sympathy Jacob generates.
Make no mistake: Bella treats Jacob horribly (in my opinion).
Bella’s observations of Jacob and Edward continually prompt readers to imagine two very different flavors of physically perfect, spiritually flawed romantic leading men.
Meanwhile, salivating readers – especially teen girls – will scarcely notice that most of the suspense and action are concentrated in a few chapters, while the majority of the book takes place inside Bella’s complex and tortured mind.
Jacob carries a torch for Bella, and as she takes more and more comfort from his friendship she is increasingly tempted to make his dreams come true.
It wouldn’t entirely remove the pain of missing Edward; but since it seems Edward doesn’t want her anymore, why shouldn’t Jacob have her instead?