Ciao [NOOK Book]

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Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?

The Stories about Melissa series is a coming of age series that follows Melissa, ...
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Ciao

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Overview

Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?

The Stories about Melissa series is a coming of age series that follows Melissa, her family, and her friends. Similar to Sweet Valley High, each book is novella length. There will be eight books in the series.

Stories about Melissa reading order:

Ta Ta for Now!
xoxoxo
Ciao
TTYL
Book 5 ~ coming soon
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014864305
  • Publisher: Bethany Lopez
  • Publication date: 8/11/2012
  • Series: Stories About Melissa, #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 140
  • File size: 742 KB

Meet the Author

Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.
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  • Posted November 2, 2014

    This is a great third part to Melissa's coming of age story.  I'

    This is a great third part to Melissa's coming of age story.  I'm addicted.  Great characters, lots of emotions, and all around awesome read.  I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    Don't judge a book by the first half of it. That is my recommend

    Don't judge a book by the first half of it. That is my recommendation when it comes to this book. If you had asked me to write a review of this book based on the first half of the book, I would have barely given it a rating of a three. I felt like I was inside of a selfish teenage girl that only cared about boyfriends, fashion, and appearances. I was not impressed at all with Missy. She was the kind of teenager I never was.

    Everything changed a little over halfway into the book. I will not tell you what happened, but everyone changed for the better. I cannot imagine having to deal with the situation at her age or any age, and I can only hope that I would have handled things half as well as she did.

    The writing of this book is unique. I have not read the other two books in the series, but I had no trouble jumping into Missy's journal. And she wrote just like a teenager would. A few minor issues of profanity, but I was so glad she was not sexually active!

    I rated this book five stars because for what it is, the book deserves this rating. It is a short enough book to keep the attention of teens and adults, and I think it would be a book that teens should read. It speaks their language, and they could find a character with whom to identify. I think it could be used to start some very good discussions amongst teens.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

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    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Ciao by Bethan

    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

    Ciao by Bethany Lopez is about Melissa and the challenges she faces in her sophomore year at Dearborn High. It's the beginning of a new academic year for Melissa after an enjoyable summer of relaxing and hanging out with friends. She is aware of the challenges that go with the onset of each academic year.

    The book is a girlie kind of book -- not that it talks about girls, clothes, and boyfriends, but because the main character is a girl. There are giggles and crushes, which make the book even more appealing to any teenager or a middle school audience. School and the incidents in school always tend to appeal to a young audience because many times they can relate to it. The language is very elegant which does justice to the story. All the characters are described well, giving them an individual appeal.

    Ciao is a light read. Though there are many incidents and upheavals happening around and within Melissa, the author has managed to put it across very well without being over dramatic. Themes are handled subtly. School, studies, math, dating, household chores and everything in a teenager's life is Melissa's daily routine. That is what makes the book attractive to the young teen reader. Plus, the crushes and dating moments are realistically depicted.

    The book has some serious  moments, too, where Melissa's integrity and resilience is tested. Will she sail through them easily and will her friends and family see her through them?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    To All

    Medal 5th result. Your people are locked out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Rogue

    Gtg bbt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Slash

    She slept peacefully in a tree with her pet Creature laying by her head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Lorna

    "Well im not explaning!!" I reply angrily. Then turn away walking into the woods

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Crane

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Woverine

    Yeah, but i make it my buisness to let winter and kyro be, and i missed the part about whats happenning.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Loved this latest installment in the Melissa series!

    No sooner did I read xoxoxo than I had to start Ciao. I've gotten addicted to Melissa's exploits! I feel like a teenage girl again as I read her journal, which speaks very highly of the author's writing style.

    Ms. Lopez's YA Contemporary books touch on topics relevant to teens, which makes them exceptional reads for youth and adults alike. Parents who want to revisit their teen years or just better relate to teens today should absolutely check out these books.

    Ciao has an even more serious turn of events than the previous two books in this series. Seriously, folks, have a box of tissues handy! Ms. Lopez does an excellent job of balancing out the tragedy with hope and love, which is a message that I think anyone can get behind. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

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    Bethany Lopez's Stories About Melissa novels have all been quick

    Bethany Lopez's Stories About Melissa novels have all been quick reads
    filled with teenage fun and silly drama. Ciao does introduce this group
    of sophomores to more serious issues, but the overall tone stays
    light-hearted. Lopez does an excellent job of keeping true to the
    youthful way of thinking and portrays Melissa as the average fifteen
    year old. Most of her worries center around boys, friendship, and
    family. While Lopez's character development is on the right path, the
    story itself could use more depth and filling. Since all the stories are
    written as if Melissa is writing in a journal, events are summarized and
    shortened, not giving readers the full experience. Melissa's insistence
    on keeping a journal is understandable, but the journal format just
    doesn't work for this story. If it weren't for the humor and
    heartbreaking drama, Ciao and its series companions would be a little
    less entertaining. Fortunately, Ciao is an extremely quick read that
    will be enjoyable for all age groups! Originally posted on Lovey Dovey
    Books *Ebook provided in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. This was my favorite of the series.

    I really enjoyed this book. This was my favorite of the series. I think
    Melissa has grown up a lot, even though it’s only been a year, but there
    was also so much happening to her that was more than just a 14 year old
    would have in her life. I love the friends she has and how they are so
    involved.The story revolves around their summer and events that take
    place among them. I still really enjoy the family. They are my favorite
    part of this series. I think this book portrays a really strong family.
    They are hard hit with events in this book. How they deal with them and
    each other, shows how amazing family. I recommend this book to all
    readers. However, I do suggest beginning with book one, but realize this
    is the best book of all three.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    Another quick read...good story Did I enjoy this book: I did en

    Another quick read...good story Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this
    book but I will warn you, it is heavier and more sad than the first two
    books. It was another quick read that had me glued to my Kindle until I
    finished the last page. In fact, it only took me a few hours to finish
    this book. (Which, while staying at home with two kids, is a feat and
    says something about this book!) This book continued with the journal
    format and Melissa is growing up even more...perhaps faster than she
    should have to as well. I don't want to spoil anything in this book, so
    I won't give any details. I will say that I loved how 15 year old
    Melissa handled everything that happens in this part of her young life.
    The emotions and situations were very real and very believable. The
    ending left me hanging and anxious for the next installment in the
    Stories About Melissa!! Would I recommend it: If you have read the
    first two books in this series - Ta Ta For Now! and XOXOXO - how could
    you not read this next book!?!?! Will I read it again: I will not.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    The Autumn Review for Ciao

    Ciao is the third book in the series. What I like about the series is that it is written like a journal. I used to keep journals, so it reminds me of myself in some ways. A few months ago, I went back and read through some old journals. While I was a little less naive and more experienced in some areas, I still had some of the same issues that Melissa faces with friends, boys, school, and family.

    Melissa takes us through her summer break between freshman and sophomore year, continuing through that year. I'll say without details, that I was a surprised in the direction the story went. After XOXO, I had certain expectations and found that nothing that I had anticipated happened. A major shock is delivered and changed the tone of the story.

    I was surprised to realize that I missed Ben. I liked the letters he wrote to Melissa and hope he will come back into the story in a more active role later. I also missed Jimmy. He's in the book, but more in the back ground of the story.

    Overall, I did enjoy seeing what happened with Melissa, her friends, and family. I almost feel like I'm watching a family member growing up. This is a great series for pre-teens and teens. I would definitely let my 11 year old niece read the series. At least up to this point. I imagine as Melissa gets older, her trials will undoubtedly become more mature in nature. If you're looking for a fast, easy read, or something to recommend to a teen, this is a great pick for you.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

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    'Ciao' is the third book in the young adult contemporary series

    'Ciao' is the third book in the young adult contemporary series 'Stories
    About Melissa'. The book is told as journal entries written by the main
    character, Melissa. They chronicle her fun summer, her problems at
    school, friendship and family issues, and other teen concerns. I thought
    that the voice of Melissa was very realistic and believable - it seemed
    like the journal entries were right out of a teenage girl's diary. The
    problems that Melissa faces in the book are all things that readers can
    identify with, which makes Melissa easy to identify with. I felt that
    this book was well written and had a great flow - like I mentioned, it
    felt like I was reading an actual diary written by a teenager. This was
    a fairly light and easy read, but it was interesting to see how the main
    character and her friends/family dealt with the issues that came about
    throughout the book. Overall, this was a good read and I enjoyed it.
    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest
    review.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

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    Ciao is book #3 in the Stories About Melissa series. The serie

    Ciao is book #3 in the Stories About Melissa series. The series is about a young teenager, Melissa, or Mis as her friends and family call her. It is written in a journal or diary style, in which Mis tells about her life, her family, her friends, her boyfriends, pretty much everything that goes on with her. This book begins with Melissa's 15th birthday party, and goes into her sophomore year in high school. Melissa and her group of friends, Jimmy, Jess, and Brian are back together and everyone seems to be getting along pretty well. She experiences typical brother and sister issues. In the last book, her baby brother Max was born, who has Down Syndrome. In this book, she meets some new friends, Cassie being one of them, who becomes part of their tight knit group. She isn't sure how she feels when Cassie begins to like Jimmy, but she isn't ready to declare him as more than a friend either. She talks about typical teenage issues, dances, hanging out, being grounded, school, boyfriends, and especially clothes. She really loves clothes. In this book, Missy and her friends have to deal with the death of one of their close friends, and the aftermath of that, so even though this is a light and fun read, it does address a series issue also.

    Ciao is a really cute and fun story, and brings back memories of being a young teenager again. Personally, I would much rather read about it that actually do the teenage years again. It is much more fun that way. I think this is a book that young tweens and teens would really enjoy and it is a great story, which that age group to relate to.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

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    Ciao is the third short story in the Stories About Melissa serie

    Ciao is the third short story in the Stories About Melissa series. Bethany Lopez is giving readers a beautiful inside look into a teenage girl’s life through her journal. I’ve enjoyed watching Melissa grow up and growing through life’s journey with her family, friends, hardships and boys. All the teens in this story are great characters. Lopez has given the teens of today an encouraging, beautiful character in Melissa.

    Melissa is starting her sophomore year, but over the summer she met two more friends who will join her group. Cassie is the new girl who has just move into the house down from Melissa, and Giovanni is a foreign exchange student who came to live with his aunt and uncle to see what American school are like. Melissa is still having boy problems in this third book with Brain and Jimmy. When Cassie starts having feelings for Jimmy, Melissa starts to see the green-eyed monster of jealousy.

    Melissa is going to face life’s most difficult heartache with one of her friends, and after she realizes which boy she’s sure about being with, she’s has waited too long to tell him and he might never be the same boy that she has loved. Especially after this group of teenagers is forced to go through life’s hardest trial.

    Ciao is a fantastic fast read with a powerful coming of age story of Melissa and her friends. I recommend Ciao and the first two books in this series Ta Ta For Now and XOXOXO as a fun and encouraging read for teens.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Definitely Recommend this book

    I liked this book and even though it is book #3 of the series it could easily be read a stand alone book. The book is diary entries in Melissa’s diary. Melissa is a high school student about to begin her sophomore year with her friends. After a summer of hanging out with friends two of them being boys she is in a situation where she likes both of them but doesn’t want to ruin the friendship so goes back out with the boy who has messed her around in the past.
    The other boy Jimmy starts dating her friend and she is jealous and then tragedy strikes.
    The book was what you would expect a typical teenager to write in their diary. Friends, relationships, how they really feel.
    It was really well written and I enjoyed the book as it was completely different in the way it was written than other books I have read in the past.
    I really liked Melissa’s character and her friends seemed really nice too. She also had a great family.
    The story flowed really well without any jumping around and I thought it was fabulous.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

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    "Ciao" is the third book in the Stories about Melissa

    "Ciao" is the third book in the Stories about Melissa series. A quick easy read that is written in a diary format where you find yourself thinking back and relating, to when you were high school. I totally enjoyed reading "Ciao" and recommend it to everyone.

    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

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