Why did I pick this book: I was fortunate enough to participate in the blog tour through YA Bound for the upcoming release of this third installment in the Stories About Melissa series by Bethany Lopez. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
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.
About the book – from Goodreads: 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?
About the Author: Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now! and XOXOXO are available now. Book three, Ciao, will be released in Aug 2012.
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