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Ta Ta for Now! Paperback – June 17, 2011
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Melissa was a believable character. Sadly, she's annoying and shallow and childish. But believeable. She's also 14 so it was a little hard to connect with her because she's so young. And she acts like child too. And she's stupid. And cares about shallow, stupid things.
I thought it was pretty cool that Lopez wrote this story like a diary. Lopez was able to skip over the slow parts and really only talk about the good parts. Sadly, even the good parts were a little boring.
Lopez could have written a better main character and added some really cool and exciting things to this story. I'm still left feeling disappointed that this book didn't pan out the way I thought it would.
Plus, I didn't think this was Young Adult. It was more Middle Grade.
Even as an adult reader, I found myself laughing, crying and sympathizing with Melissa. The oldest child of four, Melissa describes her brothers and sisters: Megan, the seventh grader who has no pride in her appearance, Mikey, the nine year old pesky brother, and Monica, the still adorable five year old baby sister. Her parents take their responsibilities seriously and do their best to guide her.
In the beginning of the story, Melissa has just begun to make journal entries in the book Megan has bought for her birthday. Melissa is apprehensive about the first day of high school, especially because her mother is also a teacher at the school! Her life is a roller coaster. Melissa's best friend Jess has turned into a goth and won't even talk to her. Melissa is desperately trying to get Brian, a star athlete swimmer and football player, to pay attention to her. A new girl named Layla appears eager to befriend her. Melissa's entries are filled with the ups and downs of a teenager's life. There are boy troubles, family quarrels, parental disputes and problems at school.
Many of the lessons learned are not acquired without grief or hardship, but we are introduced to a young lady who is doing her best to find out who she is and how she can fit it without losing her own identity. Bethany Lopez does a good job of delineating the joys and fears as well as the trials and tribulations of a fourteen year old high school freshman. Story action moves along quickly and the sub plots involving supporting characters are seamlessly interwoven. The reader empathizes with Melissa while the supporting cast of characters alternate in lifting her up and pulling her down. Length of the story (about 150 pages) is perfect for a young teen reader. Takes you back to a time that many adult readers would like to forget.
This is the second YA book I've read which I truly enjoyed. Previously, I struggled just to read a few pages of two others and had nearly given up on being able to read something geared for this age group. It's a testament to the writer than she was able to keep my attention and still sound like a young, innocent girl.
Let's hear some more stories of Melissa!
A good read for teens who can relate to the main character.
A very good lesson about succumbing to peer pressure and being able to rise a stronger person.
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