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Sunday, April 27, 2014

XOXOXO (Stories of Melissa #2) by Bethany Lopez

“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.”

Ta-Ta For Now was good, but XOXOXO was FANTASTIC. In Ta-Ta For Now Melissa was a little bit shallow and selfish but I feel like you really did see Melissa grow up. While it wasn’t a book that required deep thinking, I really did enjoy reading about a normal teenage girl growing up. .(my life certainly isn’t normal!)  The best part of it was that it properly conveyed that sometimes things aren’t Happily Ever After, but that those parts of life are still as valuable. I love also how the boys weren’t portrayed as romeo. In so many books, the boys are pretty much perfect; relax, none of those are here! If you’re looking for a light, entertaining read, this is it! I’m looking forward to what Melissa will deal with next!

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