New Moon begins with Bella's 18th birthday, with a party hosted at the Cullen's home. But Bella, in typical clumsy style, ends up getting hurt, and once her blood is spilled, the vamps have a hard time resisting. Shortly thereafter, the Cullen's leave town, leaving Bella to her thoughts... and to a burgeoning friendship with Jacob.
Despite Jacob's role in caring for Bella in Edward's absence, I'm still firmly an Edward girl. I think this mostly has to do with Edward's 80-something years of experience and how suave he can be because of that. Jacob is still an awkward teenager, and he doesn't have the weight of "eternity" behind his actions.
Truth be told, I feel a little odd, having been so completely enamored by this series meant for teens. I've read these first two books incredibly quickly, and I'm already well into book three. What are some other great series (YA or not) that have pulled you in?