Thursday, August 16, 2012

Review: Stories about Melissa series by Bethany Lopez

Yesterday was my tour spot for Ciao (Stories about Melissa #3) by Bethany Lopez. Today's post is a review of books one and two of that series.

Title: Ta Ta for Now! (Stories about Melissa #1)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Genre: Young Adult
Publish Date: June 2011
Personal Rating: 3.5 stars

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About the Book:
Melissa begins her freshman year with one goal in mind, getting Brian Jackson to be her boyfriend. She will soon learn that things don't necessarily turn out the way you plan them, the value of true friendship, and the importance of family.

My Review:
Written in diary form, I was a little worried about the potential of this book. None needed.

I chose to read this book as I agreed to review for tour the third book in this series. I figured I should get caught up before reading the third book. Short books and quick reads I’m glad I decided to read them.

This was a quick read without a lot of complexity. I liked how the author titled each entry with a number and title, not a date. There was reference to days of the week, but that was it as far as a date. The title gave a slight hint to the content of the entry.

My favorite part was the portrayal of the family in this book. Melissa has an amazing and real family. Her parents and strong and supportive, but obviously still set boundaries for her as she is a 14 year old girl. The interaction among siblings was fun and real. They didn’t always get along, but they didn’t hate or fight all the time either.


Great story and quick read. As a young adult read, I would agree younger teenagers as well as older readers would enjoy this book.




Title: XOXOXO (Stories about Melissa #2)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Genre: Young Adult
Publish Date: March 2012
Personal Rating: 3.5 stars
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About the Book:
Melissa has learned a lot since her freshman year began, but it isn’t over yet! Her world is about to change again with the birth of her new sibling, and she has to figure out how she will adjust to being the eldest of five kids. She, Jess, and Jimmy are inseparable, and she is having a fantastic time although she can’t help but miss Brian as she tries to learn how to deal with his relationship with Layla. Everything seems to be happening at once and that is when she is introduced to Ben Campbell, a senior at Dearborn High, who becomes an interesting distraction as he helps her deal with the new developments in her life.

My Review:
This book starts a new diary for Melissa. While she struggled with a boyfriend or not last book, she has new struggles this book. Again, it’s a great family working together to get through the trials.

Again a quick read as I read this book in half a day. Even though this book is fairly simple, it still gives the reader some satisfaction. This book is definitely appropriate for any young adult age (12+).
Being the second book in the series, definitely need to read the books in order.

2 comments :

  1. This sounds like a nice YA series and sweet summer reads. I don't mind books in diary form myself, as long as they are well written. Nice reviews!

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  2. Cute series, i have never read a book in diary form, so glad it worked. Awesome reviews!

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