I did it! I finished it! And I'm glad I tried it again. I struggled with giving it a 3 or 4 star rating...but I did really like it. It was still weird with all the alien stuff, but I was able to look past all of that because I was more interested in the love stories. Meyer knows how to write a good love story. My only complaint about her is that she adds about 200 extra pages worth of fluff that could be left out - and the story would remain in tact. The ending was a surprise - I enjoyed the fact that it was unpredictable and I didn't have it all figured out. I really loved the end.
Still no comparison to Twilight. But glad I gave it another shot.
I will most likely read the next book in the series when it comes out.