Alphie wrote:1. Did you relate to Bella right away? If so, what part of her did you identify with?
Like Bella, I used to live in Arizona. Like Bella, I moved away. Like Bella, I ended up someplace less sunny (she ended up in Forks, I ended up in New Jersey). So yes, I can definitely relate.
Alphie wrote:2. What were your first impressions of Renee and Charlie?
They're polar opposites. Bella describes Renée as being erratic and credits Phil as the one to make sure the bills are getting paid. She certainly loves her mother, but she also feels responsible for her. Charlie, on the other hand, seems to understand that Bella is still a child, and tries to give her the opportunity to be one. I think he plays the role of parent a little bit better.
Alphie wrote:3. What were your first impressions of the friends Bella meets?
Overall, they seemed very friendly. Maybe a little too friendly. Especially the boys.
Alphie wrote:4. Were you scared or intrigued by Edward?
Neither. He just seemed like a normal kid with a lot on his mind. If anything, maybe a little weird.
Alphie wrote:5. What did you think of Edward's odd behavior?
People are complicated creatures with unusual motivations, and she knew practically nothing of him. Given her lack of history with him, and not knowing his story, I'd say it was odd of HER to assume that she was the cause of his behavior (even though technically, she was).
Alphie wrote:6. Did this chapter hook you on the book or were you still trying to see what the fuss was?
I'd say it took a few chapters.