Ciao is book #3 in the Stories About Melissa series. The series is about a young teenager, Melissa, or Mis as her friends and family call her. It is written in a journal or diary style, in which Mis tells about her life, her family, her friends, her boyfriends, pretty much everything that goes on with her. This book begins with Melissa's 15th birthday party, and goes into her sophomore year in high school. Melissa and her group of friends, Jimmy, Jess, and Brian are back together and everyone seems to be getting along pretty well. She experiences typical brother and sister issues. In the last book, her baby brother Max was born, who has Down Syndrome. In this book, she meets some new friends, Cassie being one of them, who becomes part of their tight knit group. She isn't sure how she feels when Cassie begins to like Jimmy, but she isn't ready to declare him as more than a friend either. She talks about typical teenage issues, dances, hanging out, being grounded, school, boyfriends, and especially clothes. She really loves clothes. In this book, Missy and her friends have to deal with the death of one of their close friends, and the aftermath of that, so even though this is a light and fun read, it does address a series issue also.
Ciao is a really cute and fun story, and brings back memories of being a young teenager again. Personally, I would much rather read about it that actually do the teenage years again. It is much more fun that way. I think this is a book that young tweens and teens would really enjoy and it is a great story, which that age group to relate to.