Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: ARC from the publisher (Thank you, Penguin Random House!)
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. 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?
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.
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?
Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.
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It’s summertime in the Philippines, and it’s the perfect season to indulge in YA contemporaries! If you were to ask me what book I’d recommend, it would be Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum! Why?
Tell Me Three Things will make you:
And that’s what a summer read should be, right? Tell Me Three Things is sunshine, Popsicle, and ice-cold mango smoothie rolled into one! The story is stuffed with charming and blissful feels! However, there are also scenes that exhibit raw and intense emotions that brought out main character Jessie’s flaws, which I appreciated about the book. Tell Me Three Things illustrated love, loss, and acceptance in a way that readers could easily connect with the story.
Loaded with characters that have diverse personalities, the story is indeed enjoyable and lively! Main character Jessie is so authentic, funny, and lovable! I loved reading her thoughts and her entire adventure.
Now the romance is my favorite aspect of this story because of its mysterious vibe. Jessie’s chat conversations with SN were delightful. Plus, I enjoyed not knowing SN’s identity until the moment of truth! The mystery made Tell Me Three Things difficult to put down as it kept me guessing who SN really is. I had a hunch of SN’s identity in the beginning chapters, but then things were just unpredictable! When SN’s identity was revealed, my happiness overflowed because he is the ideal match for Jessie. And hooray, my guess is correct! 🙂
Author Julie Buxbaum’s writing is fresh and entertaining! There was never a dull moment in Tell Me Three Things. The pace was just right—not too fast and not too slow. I look forward to reading more YA books by Julie Buxbaum in the future!