Thursday, September 3, 2009

REVIEW: Is "Defining Twilight" Really That Great?

When I received “Defining Twilight,” I was not quite sure what to think. Would this book actually be a good tool for preparing for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT? Would it be a lame attempt to connect “Twilight” to school? Or would this be a great addition to my library?

As a recent graduate with an English degree, I was hesitant about how useful this book would be; however, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually found this book to be a great asset for anyone – especially someone studying for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT.

“Defining Twilight” is broken up into eight sections, which correspond with the beloved “Twilight” novel. Each of these short sections includes five groups that focus on specific words within the text of “Twilight”. While 40 groups in 170 pages may seem daunting; it really isn’t. Each group has only eight words. If you studied one group every day, you would have 320 “Twilight” inspired words memorized.

I was unsure of how this book would tie into the first novel of the Twilight saga, but I was again greeted with a perfect idea. The author, Brian Leaf, outlines this procedure perfectly. He gives you the eight words for the group and the page number where you can find the special word in “Twilight”. After reading the page, you give your hypothesis about what the word could mean. On the next page, Leaf gives you the actual definition of the eight keywords. After you complete five groups, you have an activity everyone loves – quiz time. What? You don’t like quizzes? Well, me neither, but these are really easy and not overpowering at all. In the quiz, you have an SAT / ACT sample question for each word. These sample questions can be synonym, analogy, or sentence completion exercises.

I believe that all “Twilight” fans would like this book very much. You can learn new words, which in “Twilight” happens very frequently. While I would suggest reading the entire “Twilight” novel before starting “Defining Twilight,” this book is a great supplement for the adored vampire bible that is “Twilight”.

Peter Facinelli was 100% correct when he said, "I never would have believed that students could study vocabulary and enjoy a great book like 'Twilight' at the same time, but Brian Leaf makes it possible!"

When broken down in this manner, the task of studying for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT is much less intimidating and frightening and much more fun and interesting. Since high school, I had read and used numerous guide, online resources, and books about how to study and prepare for the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT, but “Defining Twilight” is a much better, easier to apply resource than any other I have ever used. A+++++ to Brian Leaf!

So, do you want to get your hands on a copy of “Defining Twilight”? Would a FREE “Defining Twilight” help? Anna will be posting a contest soon with “Defining Twilight” as the prize. Stay tuned for more details!!

EDIT: Giveaway of Defining Twilight has been posted! Click here for details.

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