Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

tmttPages: 328

Goodreads Rating: 4.13 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: April 5th 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Summary (Goodreads):

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.

My Review: 

Review also posted on Goodreads

Tell Me Three Things is a delightful contemporary novel and here are three things I adore about this book:

1.) The story is heartwarming and clever. Two years ago, Jessie Holmes lost her mother due to Cancer and she’s still grieving about it. When her father remarried a woman he met online, they move to California from Chicago. She lives with her stepmom and stepbrother, Theo. It’s difficult for Jessie to adjust in a new environment especially she’s attending her new school, Wood Valley High School. One day, she received an email from someone named Somebody Nobody or SN. As they exchange messages, she finds comfort talking to him. She haven’t met him and wonders who is SN.

2.) Guessing who is SN. Based on the conversations Jessie and SN have, there are three guys to choose from. This guessing game (quite cliche but I don’t mind) is so entertaining! I placed my bet on this one guy and I got it wrong for not trusting my instinct. No regrets though because I enjoy it and the guy behind SN is adorable and witty.

3.)Chapter 34: The Last Chapter. This is the highlight scene for me wherein SN’s identity has been revealed. It’s so cute and it made me smile. On the side note, I’m glad everything was resolved on the family aspect, friendship and grief. Jessie’s character development is great and realistic as especially as she copes on loss.

The reason I didn’t give this 5 stars because of its pacing. It took me a while to get into the story until the 40% mark. Still, it’s an enjoyable book and I recommend it to readers who enjoy YA contemporary novels.


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