Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?
Such a quick and easy read!
Ciao is about a 15 year old girl named Melissa who is just starting her sophomore year in high school. She finds two new friends, Carrie and Giovanni, and they quickly become apart of the her group. We follow the gang as Jess finds her first boyfriend; Melissa is put in an awkward position of choosing who to be with romantically; and accepting a fate they may not want.
What I liked about this book:
This book was written in a journal entry format. Every page was Melissa's entry to her diary/journey and we would follow along through her telling us what happened on that day in her life. I had never read a book like that before so it was actually nice to see a change.
Also, the writing in this book was very crisp and clean. I clearly understood everything that was going on and I didn't have a problem imagining anything.
What I disliked about this book:
One of the downsides of writing a book like someone's journey entries is that the reader could easily feel disconnected to the plot because it's not really happening, we're just reading about it. So I thought that was an important fact to be careful about.
This was a very effortless novel that still managed to have difficult topics included into the plot.
Other books in series:
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.
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.