Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | Review

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Tell Me Three Things Young Adult, Romance Delacorte Press Paperback 352 pages Amazon

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son, and to start at a new school where she knows no one.

Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Review

I think I just found my new favorite book! I loved this book. I loved it so much, I read it in one day. It was everything I wanted it to be and more.

Jessie is starting her junior year of high school at a new school, in a new city, in a different state, in a new home, with a new step-family. It wasn’t exactly a smooth transition. Just when all is lost, Jessie receives an anonymous email for Somebody/Nobody (SN). SN says they want to help Jessie transition into her new school and life. Can Jessie trust SN or is a cruel joke?

There is a lot going on with this story. Tell Me Three Things follows Jessie as she finds her place in new surroundings. This is a story about friendship and family with a romantic comedy element thrown in.

Jessie is a complex character with real issues and feelings that many readers can relate to. She lost her mom, has to adjust to a new family, and deal with leaving her old life and best friend behind as she moves across the country. As someone who moved to a new state in middle school, I definitely related to Jessie’s struggle and hopelessness.

I love all the characters in the book. Buxbaum has done a beautiful job at giving all her characters substance. Even supporting characters are rounded and given enough detail to make them real. Many characters have moments of growth, which just adds a more realistic aspect to the novel.

This book is sad at times, laugh out loud funny, thoughtful, and sweet. Beyond dealing with her family life, Jessie also experiences her first crush. While watching Jessie engage in the trials of high school romance, I couldn’t help but think of my own awkward experiences.

I could probably talk about this novel until I turn blue. I don’t want to give anything away so I’m going to end by recommending you pick up this novel. It is a beautiful and humorous story. You won’t be disappointed.


I received a complimentary ARC of this novel through First In Line.

 

 

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