13 July 2012

Review: Ta Ta for Now! by Bethany Lopez

Title: Ta Ta for Now! (Stories About Melissa #1)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Pub. Date: June 16, 2011
Acquired: From author, for honest review
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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.

What a delight, this book was! I signed up to review the third book in this series, Ciao, so I was given the first two to catch up. I really wasn't sure what to expect. But, it wasn't this!

Ta Ta for Now! is a story told, by fourteen-year-old Missy, through a series of her journal entries. Like any "normal" girl's journal, it's not a record of EVERY SINGLE DAY...Just the ones that spark some sort of occurance. And this particular journal and its entries revolve around Missy's start to her high school career and all that that entails.

I think the most endearing thing about this book is that I really did feel like I could be reading a real girl's journal! Ms. Lopez did an AMAZING job at portraying a teeneged-girl pretty accurately, in my opinion. From friend drama, to boy drama, to sibling drama, to issues with parents, I found myself absolutely LOST in Missy's life.

I honestly can't wait to pick up the second installment, XOXOXO because, while we didn't have a "cliffhanger", per se, there are definitely some issues that are going to have to be addressed in the next "journal".

Moreover, I don't think that I'd enjoy this book HALF as much if, Missy-herself, wasn't a delighful, endearing character. I find myself torn between wanting to give her a good tongue-lashing and giving her a big hug. See? Totally appropriate for a book about teen angst.

I'm loving this series so far! Great job, Ms. Lopez!

My Rating:

~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 contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now! and xoxoxo are available now. Book three, Ciao, will be released in Aug 2012.


  1. I will be adding it to my TBR. Thanks for the review

  2. I love that this book is a journal! Journaling is such an important part of my life; it allows me to go back and read through my thoughts as I went through so many struggles, and it lets me remember who I was and who I wanted to be.

    Great review, and it sounds like a great read!

    1. That's EXACTLY how I felt reading this book, Carol! I think any woman of ANY age can relate to it!

  3. Christy,

    Thank you so much for your review. I am happy that you enjoyed Ta Ta for Now! and am excited for you to read xoxoxo and Ciao

    Bethany Lopez

    1. I JUST finished xoxoxo, the other day! My review for it will be posting on either the 18th or 19th! I'm really loving these books!

  4. I haven't heard of this one before now and it sounds GREAT! Geez, I wish I had saved (or my mother, rather) my journals from when I was teen. Man, those were FILLED with angst! Thanks for the awesome review!

    1. You know, my mom found my old journal a while ago. It's pathetic how dramatic I was! Lol!
      I guess that's most teen girls, right?
      Thanks, Candace!