Release Date: June 16, 2011
Formats Available: eBook
My Shelf: Own eBook
Buy the Book: Amazon
Melissa begins her freshman year with one goal in mind, getting Brian Jackson to be her boyfriend. She will soon learn that things don't necessarily turn out the way you plan them, the value of true friendship, and the importance of family.
This story reminded me what it felt like to be 14. There was no worrying about the future, your job, or any other stress-inducing pressures of life. The main thing on your mind was what to wear the next day or how to impress the good-looking boy who sits next to you in class. Lopez really captured the essence of what it means to be 14, and I really enjoyed this book (maybe more than I should have)!
Ta Ta for Now tells the story of Melissa, a 14 year old ready to enter the world of high school. Melissa receives a journal for her birthday, and the story is told through her entries. Melissa mainly writes about her family and friends, and of course, the guy she is crushing on. She really wants to win the attention of senior Brian Jackson, and it reminded me a lot of the crush I had on a boy named Ian when I was her age. (Ahhh, memories.) Her voice is direct and her emotions and thoughts are very clear, making it easy to connect with her. There are also some humorous and emotional moments woven in intermittently, and overall, this was a really joyful read.
I do not want to give too much away about this book, but this is a quick, fun read, so you should definitely be sure to check it out! As mentioned, Lopez does well portraying the thoughts and feelings of a 14 year old, and it made me ridiculously nostalgic. I cannot wait for more of Melissa in the next book, XOXOXO! Ta Ta for Now!
A Great Escape!