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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Book Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
I wanted a copy of Tell Me Three Things for quite some time and finally managed to snag it in a book trade a month or so ago. Despite being on the lookout for it though, I knew nothing of the book other than that I loved the cover and figured if there were waffles on the cover, that book was already a winner in my eyes! Ok, I kid, but seeing all the 4 and 5 star reviews everyone was giving it was enough to sway me in the right direction, so thank you to everyone who convinced me to read this!
o “I can’t believe I was stupid enough to IM drunk. I need to get a phone-locking Breathalyzer. Does that exist? If not, I’m going to invent it, disrupt the industry, and make a bajillion dollars.”
SAME. *Inserts crying/laughing emoji. One of my favorite parts about reading Tell Me Three Things is that Jessie’s humor and thought process aligned so much with my own. Short of being a narcissist here, it was nice to know I’m not alone in the awkward department, even if it means I can relate to a fictitious character! But I’m sure there are plenty of girls out there like me who feel the same way and can relate to Jessie so much.
o “We’re all better versions of ourselves when we get that extra time to craft the perfect message.”
Tell Me Three Things presents this interesting case of relationships online: can they work? Or are they TOO good to be true, because like Jessie points out, you get to be a better version of yourself when you have time to mull over what you want to say and make it perfect before you respond. In real life though, we don’t get to do that, and I think it says a lot about the Internet and technology. Has it helped our relationships, or just complicated them for the worse? I spent a decent amount of time pondering this as I read Tell Me Three Things, because I was in a similar situation as Jessie was just a few months back. Granted I knew who I was talking to and Jessie did not, but spending more time behind a screen getting to know someone was a much different experience than the dating I’m used to. Although it didn’t work out in the end, I couldn’t help but wonder if that’s one of the problems my generation is having to deal with when it comes to dating these days. I loved seeing how Jessie handled this and how it played out in the end.
o “She’s getting what she always wanted, to love and to be loved, even if it’s not exactly how she pictured it all.”
It’s insightful! I don’t want to be one of those pretentious people who says things like, “it’s insightful to the human condition…” but it kind of is! I LOVED this quote from Tell Me Three Things. I mean come on, I know the book was referring to Scar in this instance, but what girl doesn’t feel this line 100%? Or guy for that matter! So many parts about Tell Me Three Things just hit life right on the bulls-eye, whether it was about loss and grieving, love and how to handle it, or just dealing with tough shit. Even though this book is YA and there was the occasional high school drama that Jessie deals with at her new school, the book itself felt like so much more than just another contemporary romance for young readers. Tell Me Three Things speaks to a much larger audience and whether you’re a teen, an adult who likes YA, or even someone who doesn’t typically read this genre, I think you can get a lot out of reading this book by Buxbaum.