I didn't look ahead through the chapters to see who narrated each book (unlike some people I know), so I was completely shocked when I got to book two and I was suddenly in Jacob's head. I don't know, it was kind of a weird transition for me because at the end of book one, you realize Bella is pregnant and in my head I was all, "OH MY GOD!! WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN?!?!?!" but then it abruptly shifts to Jacob and you don't get to immediately know what's going on with Bella. So yea, initial reaction was confusion and feeling a little bit peeved that I had to listen to Jacob when all I really wanted to know was what was going on with Bella and Edward.
But! Once I got into Jacob's section, I really loved seeing inside his head. Even though I was firmly an Edward lover, I always liked Jake because he was kind of like the best guy friend I wish I had, you know? So it was great for me to get to hear more of his snarky comments and see his sense of humor shine through even more. I mean, obviously there are some things he would never say to/around Bella, so I thought it was really fun to get the full extent of his personality. I also liked that we saw Bella's pregnancy through his eyes, because if Bella had narrated that part, I think I would have gotten sick with all the lovey-dovey baby stuff. (I know that sounds kind of horrible, but does anyone what I mean? For some reason I keep thinking that the book would have been narrated in a sort of perpetual baby-coo voice...or something. ha).
I also agree with whoever said Jacob provided the comic relief in Breaking Dawn. I don't know if I would have made it through the first half of the book if everything was always so tense all the time. Also why I was glad Edward didn't narrate book two, because we all know how depressing THAT would have been. Understandably depressing, granted, but depressing all the same.
I liked getting further insight into the wolf pack and how that all worked. I was really glad that Jacob decided to break off from Sam's pack and do what he thought was right in protecting Bella and the Cullens. I hated that Sam tried to make them do something they were so against (even though he had to be a strong leader, I understand) and making them cower at his feet. The two separate packs was definitely an unexpected twist that I didn't see coming. I like that Seth and Leah joined Jacob, too, because Seth just turned out to be this really funny character and Leah ended up not being the crazy ding dong the witch is dead which old witch the wicked witch I previously thought she was. Well, maybe crazy isn't the right word--bitter probably works better. Though, I'd probably act just like Leah if what had happened to her had happened to me. Anyway, the wolf pack dynamics was interesting for me to read.
Oh, I thought it was really interesting to see Edward through Jacob's point of view. I mean, in all of the other books, we only see Edward as this completely perfect guy because that's how Bella sees him. But with Jake, we got to see him as this guy who was desperately trying to keep the love of his life alive, even if it meant giving her up to someone else. It was crazy seeing the depth of Edward's pain because if it had been through Bella's eyes, he would obviously hide all of that from her. The expression that SM used--Edward as the burning man--was really powerful. I'm glad that Jake's relationship with Edward changed, too, as he started to see Edward not as the enemy but as the person who was willing to do anything for the person that they both loved. And, eventually, as someone who deserved Bella's love.
Lastly, I loved the chapter titles! My favorite one was probably "Too Much Information Alert" or something along those lines. Plus, the prologue was hilarious--Life sucks, then you die. The titles just summed up Jake's personality perfectly.
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