20 July 2012

Review: xoxoxo by Bethany Lopez

Title: xoxoxo (Stories About Melissa #2)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Pub. Date: March 2, 2012
Acquired: From author, for honest review
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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.

Oh this series!!! Let me just say that it's rare for me to find a book that I feel is both captivating and wonderful and something that I feel I can pass on to some of the teens in my life, that I care about.

So far this series has managed to portray a normal, teenaged-girl who is flawed--and at the same time--so incredibly lovable that I feel like any teenage girl can relate to her in some way.

Here's the thing...I have very strict policy on what I'll pass on to my teens and it's because I feel like if there's a book that may be "moral" the book can sometimes be lacking in, what I feel, are the realities of how teens act. They get portrayed as robots. Or there's the flip side where I'd be embarrassed for some of my teens to read some of the more adult-oriented behavior of the characters.

Let's face it. Teenagers are not perfect. They are flawed just like the rest of us. So, to have a book that illustrates that fact, but at the same time has some deep impacting lessons that are so subtle that they aren't preachy in the least, makes me giddy. That's right. This series makes me giddy!

Missy is just trying to get through high school the best that she can. She's caring, thoughtful, and loyal to her friends. But, sometimes she doesn't make the best of decisions. And, that's okay. Because, this girl keeps managing to figure it out! Or, in some cases ALMOST figure it out (the series isn't over yet!). She has a lot going on in her life between a new sibling, boy troubles, etc... I can't help but contantly root for Missy and her family.

I'm thrilled to be reading this series! I'm thrilled that it's not over! I'm thrilled that I have the next installment waiting for me. :)

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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 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. That was the sweetest review I have ever read. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.
    Bethany Lopez

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