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Posted October 27, 2013
This is a fast paced well written story about a fourteen year ol
This is a fast paced well written story about a fourteen year old girl named Melissa, her family, and the beginning of her freshman year at Dearborn High School. The protagonist writes in a journal format spilling out her hopes, fears and emotions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Even as an adult reader, I found myself laughing, crying and sympathizing with Melissa. The oldest child of four, Melissa describes her brothers and sisters: Megan, the seventh grader who has no pride in her appearance, Mikey, the nine year old pesky brother, and Monica, the still adorable five year old baby sister. Her parents take their responsibilities seriously and do their best to guide her.
In the beginning of the story, Melissa has just begun to make journal entries in the book Megan has bought for her birthday. Melissa is apprehensive about the first day of high school, especially because her mother is also a teacher at the school! Her life is a roller coaster. Melissa’s best friend Jess has turned into a goth and won’t even talk to her. Melissa is desperately trying to get Brian, a star athlete swimmer and football player, to pay attention to her. A new girl named Layla appears eager to befriend her. Melissa’s entries are filled with the ups and downs of a teenager’s life. There are boy troubles, family quarrels, parental disputes and problems at school.
Many of the lessons learned are not acquired without grief or hardship, but we are introduced to a young lady who is doing her best to find out who she is and how she can fit it without losing her own identity. Bethany Lopez does a good job of delineating the joys and fears as well as the trials and tribulations of a fourteen year old high school freshman. Story action moves along quickly and the sub plots involving supporting characters are seamlessly interwoven. The reader empathizes with Melissa while the supporting cast of characters alternate in lifting her up and pulling her down. Length of the story (about 150 pages) is perfect for a young teen reader. Takes you back to a time that many adult readers would like to forget.
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Posted August 19, 2012
Written in diary form, I was a little worried about the potentia
Written in diary form, I was a little worried about the potential ofWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
Posted August 3, 2012
A cute, easy read! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book
A cute, easy read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a cute, quick, easy read.
I enjoyed the journal format of this book. It made me feel more connected to Melissa. The language and actions all fit a 14 year old girl as well. She wasn't too grown up or too young.
Melissa is your typical 14 year old girl who cares about boys, clothes, hair, friends, social events. Melissa also loves her family very much. She enjoys her time with them even though she sometimes wishes there weren't so many of them!
Two characters that I didn't really like were Layla and Brian. Layla, from the beginning, I thought was fake and not a true friend. And Brian, there were warning flags all over him from the beginning. They fit the story...we all knew these people when we started high school. I just didn't care for them that much.
Would I recommend it: If you like YA books that are quick reads, then, yes, read this book!
Will I read it again: I will not.
Posted July 17, 2012
What a delight, this book was! I signed up to review the third b
What a delight, this book was! I signed up to review the third book in this series, Ciao, so I was given the first two to catch up. I really wasn't sure what to expect. But, it wasn't this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ta Ta for Now! is a story told, by fourteen-year-old Missy, through a series of her journal entries. Like any "normal" girl's journal, it's not a record of EVERY SINGLE DAY...Just the ones that spark some sort of occurance. And this particular journal and its entries revolve around Missy's start to her high school career and all that that entails.
I think the most endearing thing about this book is that I really did feel like I could be reading a real girl's journal! Ms. Lopez did an AMAZING job at portraying a teeneged-girl pretty accurately, in my opinion. From friend drama, to boy drama, to sibling drama, to issues with parents, I found myself absolutely LOST in Missy's life.
I honestly can't wait to pick up the second installment, XOXOXO because, while we didn't have a "cliffhanger", per se, there are definitely some issues that are going to have to be addressed in the next "journal".
Moreover, I don't think that I'd enjoy this book HALF as much if, Missy-herself, wasn't a delighful, endearing character. I find myself torn between wanting to give her a good tongue-lashing and giving her a big hug. See? Totally appropriate for a book about teen angst.
I'm loving this series so far! Great job, Ms. Lopez!
Posted July 10, 2012
This is a young adult book about a high school freshman. It is w
This is a young adult book about a high school freshman. It is written in diary format, and I times feels a little like you are invading someone's privacy. However, I have always had that issue with reading books that are diaries. Due to the format, everything has been written after the fact and there is very little dialogue taking place. My biggest complaint is that there are no dates. I know that is silly especially since when Melissa writes the entries she does try to tell you how much time has passed. I just think that dates would have helped me to follow along a little better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
With that said, the story is all about Melissa and the hardships she faces in the first couple months of her freshman year. Her body has gone through a lot of changes during the summer between middle school and high school, and in typical girl fashion, she is ready to show it off. She is finally feeling confident in her own skin and is eager to enter the world of dating. In particular, she wants to date Brian, a football player and swimmer. She is rather preppy even though she isn't a cheerleader and loves to make herself look good via cute clothes and makeup. What she is not prepared for is for her best friend from forever to decide that she doesn't want to be friends with her, an ok friend to decide to be her best friend, and the boy she likes to actually really like her.
The actual climax comes when her newest friend tries to steal her boyfriend as well as Brian trying to move their relationship to a much more adult level than she's willing to accept. Her ex-best friend from forever returns to her to rekindle their friendship and essentially life returns to the way it was in middle school. It is like reading a high school soap opera. Bethany Lopez captured the essence of a freshman girl perfectly.
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Posted March 13, 2012
I'll bottom-line this review: I loved this book! Being a fan of
I'll bottom-line this review: I loved this book!
Being a fan of paranormal and fantasy, I haven't read a ton of contemporary YA, so I wasn't sure what to expect when beginning TA TA FOR NOW. I met the author, Bethany Lopez, through Twitter, and I picked up this book as well as its sequel, xoxoxo, with an interest in checking out her writing. I'm so glad that I did!
Melissa is a fourteen-year-old girl just starting high school. The story is told in the form of a journal, helping add authenticity to Melissa's voice throughout the book. The reader follows Melissa as she truly enters young adulthood, experiencing everything from that nerve-wracking first day of high school to snagging the boy she's crushed on for more than a year...and learning that not everything she wants is something she can--or should--have.
I found myself at turns laughing loudly and tearing up, and those are both signs of excellent storytelling. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast-paced, engaging read with real characters who leave you eager to move on to the sequel to see what happens next.
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Posted September 30, 2011
Witty and entertaining
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This is a witty and entertaining book made up of entries in a diary written by a fourteen-year-old girl named Melissa. It depicts her life after she is given a diary by her twelve-year-old sister, Megan. She started it right before she begins her first year in high school, and it is full of drama, sarcasm and sprinkled with great humor.
Melissa is happy that her body finally is looking like that of a teenage girl. She is sure she will knock Brian Jackson's socks off. He's the boy she has a crush on. She finally gets her wish when he asks her to go to the movies with him. Soon he invites her to the prom. On that date, he drinks too much and becomes rude to her. It breaks her heart until he apologizes and they make up.
All goes perfectly until her new best friend, Layla, becomes a horrible monster around Melissa. She makes up the most awful lies about herself and Bryan being together after Bryan left Melissa alone at the prom. Finally Melissa has enough so she punches Layla in the nose and gets suspended for it. Her parents are outraged over her conduct and forbid her to see Bryan again. Bryan, on the other hand, takes it so casually that she wonders if he really cares that she can't see him anymore. Her suspicions worsen when he starts to hang out with Layla.
The author did a very good job staying in the voice of this teenager throughout the pages of this book. All pre-teen and teen girls will identify with and enjoy this book. It could fit any of their lives to a T. This book is clean and wholesome. There are some repetitions in it, but that could just be the way teenagers talk. Great job.
Posted August 10, 2013
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