XOXOXO (Stories About Melissa #2)
written by Bethany Lopez
published by Bethany Lopez
Why did I pick this book: I am participating in the blog tour for the third book in the Stories About Melissa series, Ciao. I wanted to read the first two books in the series before I read the third. (I was provided with a copy of this book for prep purposes.)
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.
About the book – from Goodreads: 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.