I'd never read a YA book before. Well, never in the sense that I'd read books appropriate for teens, but it was during a time that we didn't call them "YA books." And I don't recall they had their own section either.
Anyway, picked up "Twilight" because of the display that Borders had up front (yeah, I judged the book by the cover) and I was going on a long airplane ride and needed something to read.
I read the whole thing in one sitting. And then I had to tell all my office mates about it. We all bonded over it. So much so, that we all went to see the movie together on opening night, leaving hubbies, kids, pets home. And yes, we endured the "they're so old" comments in line for the movie.
On top of that, the book made me think I had it in me to write a book. Ms. Meyer made it look deceptively easy. X years later, I'm still plugging away, trying to write a book, but I thank Ms. Meyer for the dream and the dreamy hero.