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Posted November 2, 2014
This is a wonderful continuation of Melissa's story. I loved this one as much, if not more, than the first. Though this is a great story of life's struggles for a teenage girl, it is not the same common problems that all teenagers face. The characters are easy to relate to and well written. This is a shorter read, but really sucks you in, as well as leaves you wanting more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 11, 2012
This book has been on my to-read list for months, and I finally got the chance to read it. It took me a few hours from start to finish, and then I immediately had to start the next book, Ciao. I loved it!
The Stories about Melissa series follows now-sophomore Melissa and her long-time friends Jess, Brian and Jimmy. We also get a lot of interaction with Melissa's wonderful (large) family. The stories are written journal-style, so we experience Melissa's life as she relates it in her most private thoughts.
What I love most about these stories is the voice of the narrator. Melissa is a typical teenage girl, obsessed with her appearance and her social life. But this is well-balanced with her flashes of insight and the way she responds to the challenges she faces. In xoxoxo, Melissa and her family grow in more ways than one. I laughed and I cried, and I loved the fact that Melissa is exploring her options when it comes to boys and dating. She's really blossoming as a young woman and it will be fun to see how she further develops in the next two books.
Posted August 19, 2012
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.
Posted August 10, 2012
Quick, Easy, Entertaining
Did I enjoy this book: This was another quick, easy, entertaining story that picks up about six months after Ta Ta For Now! left off. I enjoyed this book the same as the first.
The journal format continues, with Melissa signing off in this journal "xoxoxo." Melissa's mom has her baby, and this event changes the family in a big way. Melissa and Jess are still best friends...this makes me very happy! I still don't like Brian at all. And Jimmy...oh, Jimmy...so patient, so there, I so want he and Melissa together. But I would also like to see Melissa and Ben together...but I'm not sure this will happen.
One scene that I enjoyed a lot with me was while Melissa and her family were at the lake. I have to agree with Melissa - the best way to eat a marshmallow cooked over a fire is burnt on the outside and ooey-gooey on the inside! YUM!!
Would I recommend it: If you read this first book, Ta Ta For Now!, and you plan on reading the third book, Ciao, then you definitely have to read this book!
Will I read it again: I will not.
Posted July 25, 2012
Oh this series!!! Let me just say that it's rare for me to find a book that I feel is both captivating and wonderful and something that I feel I can pass on to some of the teens in my life, that I care about.
So far this series has managed to portray a normal, teenaged-girl who is flawed--and at the same time--so incredibly lovable that I feel like any teenage girl can relate to her in some way.
Here's the thing...I have very strict policy on what I'll pass on to my teens and it's because I feel like if there's a book that may be "moral" the book can sometimes be lacking in, what I feel, are the realities of how teens act. They get portrayed as robots. Or there's the flip side where I'd be embarrassed for some of my teens to read some of the more adult-oriented behavior of the characters.
Let's face it. Teenagers are not perfect. They are flawed just like the rest of us. So, to have a book that illustrates that fact, but at the same time has some deep impacting lessons that are so subtle that they aren't preachy in the least, makes me giddy. That's right. This series makes me giddy!
Missy is just trying to get through high school the best that she can. She's caring, thoughtful, and loyal to her friends. But, sometimes she doesn't make the best of decisions. And, that's okay. Because, this girl keeps managing to figure it out! Or, in some cases ALMOST figure it out (the series isn't over yet!). She has a lot going on in her life between a new sibling, boy troubles, etc... I can't help but contantly root for Missy and her family.
I'm thrilled to be reading this series! I'm thrilled that it's not over! I'm thrilled that I have the next installment waiting for me. :)
My Rating: 4.5/5
Posted July 10, 2012
This book was a lot easier to read than the first one, but I think that is partly because I had a better idea of what I was reading. It is once again written in diary format. There still aren't any dates, but I didn't feel like I needed them as much this time. This diary covers the last half of Melissa's freshman year and a good part of her summer vacation. Since life has been really busy, yet uneventful, she writes every couple of days instead of every day. Some entries in the diary are summations of an entire week. This actually makes it a little easier to read because each entry feels more like a chapter in a regular book.
What I found interesting is that her life has changed in a couple of months rather dramatically. She had high hopes and dreams of dating Brian in book one and rekindling her friendship with Jess, but in this book she seems perfectly content to not date at all. That's not to say that she isn't day dreaming about boys, particularly a senior she feels is out of her league, but she isn't actively trying to get a boyfriend this time. She also doesn't write as much about her clothes and makeup like in the first one. You get a feeling of a girl learning to prioritize and maturing. I think that this happens quickly because of the new baby in her family. She is the oldest of now five kids and the youngest, Max, was born with Down Syndrome. This is a touchy subject for me since I have a family member with mental retardation, ADHD, and a learning disability. I was very happy with how Bethany Lopez wrote about Max and how his siblings reacted to him. The book even ends with the entire family doing a walk for Down Syndrome. I was rather touched by this development and happy to see Melissa learning to be more adult about the events in her life.
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Posted March 8, 2012
XOXOXO is the sequel novella to Ta Ta For Now! that shares fourteen-year-old Melissa’s life as she grows up through the pages of her journal. Bethany Lopez’s writing is simply beautiful. Lopez took me and my heart into Melissa's painful hurts and joy with her family, friends, and boys. I found myself smiling a lot, but not without a few tears as I was reading Melissa's life as a teen. Bethany Lopez has a beautiful gift of writing heartfelt tenderness with combining the cute fun of being a teenager.
Melissa is the oldest daughter in this family of four kids, with two sisters and a brother, and her mom is about to add one more to make five. Melissa is not too happy about this, and has sworn off having kids for herself. Melissa is also not wanting to go to school, where she will have to see Brain, the boy that broke her heart after he starting going with Layla. It only gets worse for Melissa when her mother goes into labor and her father tells her that her new baby brother, Max, is born with Down Syndrome. Melissa’s not sure if she can handle this and she becomes angry. But once she holds her baby brother and meets Ben, who’s little sister is also Down Syndrome, she starts to see things in a new light, especially when Ben is the hot, gorgeous senior who is also captain of the track team. But there’s someone else who cares very much for Melissa, She is so caught up in thinking Ben is the world's greatest guy, that Melissa just might miss that she already has the greatest guy, if only she would open her eyes and see the one who has been by her side the hold time.
XOXOXO is a wonderful story about a teenage girl growing-up with all the teens problems of today with humor, tears and romance of learning the true meaning of life lessons. I recommend XOXOXO as a beautiful read.