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XOXOXO (Stories About Melissa, #2) by Bethany Lopez
Release Date: March 2, 2012
Available Formats: eBook
My Shelf: Own eBook
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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.
Melissa is back, and just as dramatic, fashionable, and fun as before! XOXOXO starts a few months after Ta Ta for Now! ends, and Melissa has some more drama-provoking problems on her hands. Her romance with Brian did not last long, but now she finds herself once again falling for another swoon-worthy senior, Ben Campbell. Add to the fact that her parents are having another kid, and it is enough for any girl to develop premature wrinkles. Seriously, there is only so much one girl can take!
Just like in Ta Ta for Now!, Lopez does well composing a story from a 14 year old’s perspective. XOXOXO is a little more emotionally intense compared to the last book, but I liked it even more for that very reason. Melissa is faced with more than just boy problems (although they are very prevalent) when things better left buried from the past and worries for the future clash tumultuously. These conflicts/worries, as terrible as they are, really help flesh out her character and make it easy for readers to connect to her emotionally. I was able to understand Melissa on a deeper level, and that made the book that much better for me. I loved, loved, loved it!
This book is a quick, cute read that you really should not miss out on. I am excited to see what happens next. Will she finally notice and fall for the one guy who has always been by her side? I hope so! :)
‘Til Next Time,
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