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xoxoxo Paperback – March 2, 2012
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About the Author
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her first novel through Amazon with CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. Ta Ta for Now! is also now available through Smashwords at Barnes and Noble.com, on the Nook and the Sony eReader. Her second novella in the series, xoxoxo, will be release on March 2, 2012
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The Stories about Melissa series follows now-sophomore Melissa and her long-time friends Jess, Brian and Jimmy. We also get a lot of interaction with Melissa's wonderful (large) family. The stories are written journal-style, so we experience Melissa's life as she relates it in her most private thoughts.
What I love most about these stories is the voice of the narrator. Melissa is a typical teenage girl, obsessed with her appearance and her social life. But this is well-balanced with her flashes of insight and the way she responds to the challenges she faces. In xoxoxo, Melissa and her family grow in more ways than one. I laughed and I cried, and I loved the fact that Melissa is exploring her options when it comes to boys and dating. She's really blossoming as a young woman and it will be fun to see how she further develops in the next two books.
This is a story told through journal entries. For anyone who has ever kept a journal faithfully and told his or her own story through a journal, for a period of their life, this book will be a real eye-opener. The relationships, the ups-and-downs, Melissa's attitude toward her new brother who has Down's Syndrome--this is heavy stuff, but this is the stuff good stories are made of.
Heartaches are part of growing up, especially in your teenage years. Following Melissa on her own personal roller-coaster ride, balancing the needs of her family and siblings against her own emotional needs as a developing adult makes good reading. I'd certainly recommend this book for any journal writer.
Melissa is the oldest daughter in this family of four kids, with two sisters and a brother, and her mom is about to add one more to make five. Melissa is not too happy about this, and has sworn off having kids for herself. Melissa is also not wanting to go to school, where she will have to see Brain, the boy that broke her heart after he starting going with Layla. It only gets worse for Melissa when her mother goes into labor and her father tells her that her new baby brother, Max, is born with Down Syndrome. Melissa's not sure if she can handle this and she becomes angry. But once she holds her baby brother and meets Ben, who's little sister is also Down Syndrome, she starts to see things in a new light, especially when Ben is the hot, gorgeous senior who is also captain of the track team. But there's someone else who cares very much for Melissa, She is so caught up in thinking Ben is the world's greatest guy, that Melissa just might miss that she already has the greatest guy, if only she would open her eyes and see the one who has been by her side the hold time.
XOXOXO is a wonderful story about a teenage girl growing-up with all the teens problems of today with humor, tears and romance of learning the true meaning of life lessons. I recommend XOXOXO as a beautiful read.
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This book was a lot easier to read than the first one, but I think that is partly because I had a better idea of what I was reading.Read more