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Bonding Over Books with Your Teens

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Calling all parents who want to share a good book with their teenager (I only know girls who are gaga about these books) - here is a series for you! Three lovely books about a 17-year old girl who finds herself in love with a vampire! Brimming with the stuff that makes teen girls swoon, including gentle caresses, knights on white horses saving the day, romantic decisions, evil people, and first love! I have to admit, there is a point in each one of these books by Stephenie Meyer that I have to stop my world and keep reading until the end!

There are many ways to create quality time with your teens, and if you are lucky to both like to read, sometimes sharing a good book will bring you closer together and give you a new topic to talk about. The three books below are a great way to bring up love, passion, and decisions that come with those feelings.

Our friend Bina from Colorado mentioned these books when she visited this summer, and now they are being passed (I might add feverishly) between many teens - unfortunately as the school year is starting! I will tell you a little about each book below, but these are a must read for romantics!

In Twilight, Bella moves to a very rainy place in Washington and meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but his love for Bella encourages him to break "all the rules."

Enjoying their first true love, Bella and Edward return in New Moon to find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire, and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy’s reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi.

As a vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger in Eclipse, and she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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