If a boy tells you to stay away from him because he is dangerous and may even kill you, he must be the love of your life. You should stay with him since he will keep you safe forever.
When a boy leaves you, going into shock, losing all your friends and enduring night terrors are completely acceptable occurrences — as long as you keep your grades up.
Boys who leave you always come back.
If the boy you are in love with causes you (even indirectly) to be so badly beaten you end up in the hospital, you should tell the doctors and your family that you “fell down the steps” because you are such a silly, clumsy girl. That false explanation always works well for abused women.
Men can be changed for the better if you sacrifice everything you are and devote yourself to their need for change.
What an empowering example for our impressionable young women. Great job, Stephenie Meyer.
I worry for the 15 year olds reading this who are about to go through their first relationships and breakups.
“Understand this: that love is a religion of birds, of restlessness, of flight. Of moving somewhere warmer when the cold sets in, of longing, of leaving, of being the one left behind, of feathers, of an empty nest in the heart of winter, nestled in some firm elbow of brittle branches that stopped reaching for the sky when the last leaf fell, bleak against a landscape of blacks and whites and greys save for one little piece of red string, tucked lovingly among the twigs, so dutifully gathered, piece by piece, by a creature who had seen winters before, but made a home for himself here anyway.”—Of leaving pieces. (via gatekeeper)