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Today I’m sharing an extra post for Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, a contemporary YA novel. Tell Me Three Things was Buxbaum’s debut into Young Adult literature.

The Breakdown

After Jessie loses her mother to cancer, her dad moves them across the country to live with a woman he met online and eloped with during a business trip. As if moving from Chicago to California wasn’t bad enough, her dad also enrolls her in an elite private school. From the jump, Jessie feels like a complete outsider.

One day she receives an anonymous email from Somebody/Nobody (SN for short) offering to help her make her way through her new school. Jessie is obviously skeptical of the stranger but decides to reply anyway.

Will trusting SN help Jessie, or make everything worse?

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read. It was hard to put down, which may have helped with the time it took me to read it. The mystery of SN is what keeps the story going and retains the reader’s interest. Other aspects, such as the secondary characters of the book felt a bit flat to me. However, all of the usual teen angst topics – drinking, drugs, sex, growing up – are present, as well as Jessie’s own personal struggles with family and grief.

As the virtual relationship between Jessie and SN develops, the desperation to know who the real SN is becomes overwhelming. I, annoyingly, figured it out early, however I still enjoyed Jessie’s journey to figuring it out.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book. It’s cute and fun. And, in my opinion, the ending did not disappoint.

Book Details

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior 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.

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?

Note: At the time of this post, the Kindle Edition of this book is currently available for $1.99 on Amazon!

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