Book Review: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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V23 new typeface tagline.inddWhat if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
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?

 

My Review:

Let me straight up with right now and tell you that I loved this book from the very first sentence. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful and powerful this book is. My heart feels like it grew 20 sizes, and I just want to cry all of my feelings into my pillow. I don’t even know how to fully express my love for this book.

The characters in this book were SO REALISTIC. I felt like I was with Jessie on her entire journey. Honestly, for most of the book, I just wanted to squeeze her tight and tell her how special she was. That, and I wanted to punch people out for being hideously rude to her. And the side characters? I mean it when I say that EVERYONE was perfection. I just….I can’t even.

I may gripe about her a lot, but my mom is my favorite person in the entire world. She is the most important person to me, and I would shank anyone who ever threatened her or our relationship. So….I was a total basketcase whenever Jessie’s mom was mentioned or when Jessie started missing her mom…..cause I can’t even imagine a world without mine. I don’t even think that I would survive it. There were so many quotes in this book that tore my heart to shreds and then threw it back in the blender for extra measures. This book was just way too beautiful.

I struggled with rating this book a 4 or a 5 based off of SN’s identity. I didn’t feel like it was that big of a shocker. Honestly, I figured out who SN was right away. There were a few moments that made me second guess myself, but I did know who it was and there were only a couple moments that made me question it. While I thought the ending reveal was tricky and a nice move on the author’s part, I would have liked to see a little more secrecy in SN’s identity. There was no part of me that went “OH MY GOD! THAT’S WHO SN IS!?” at the end of the book. I was more like “Called it. Knew it all along.”

I also loved how romantic this book was, as well as how much reality it included. I loved the fact that this book represented true aspects of high school life. As a female, I can admit that females are assholes…especially high school females. We can be catty, sneaky, mean, and vicious. Not that we can’t be nice, but there is NOTHING worse than female high school drama. Speaking from experience here. I just really liked the reality in this book.

Another thing that I sorta kinda struggled with were the adult figures in Jessie’s house. My initial instinct was to straight up hate both of them right away. It took a LONG TIME for me to accept and forgive them and acknowledge that they, also, are human beings. lol. Does that makes sense? At the end of the book, I really appreciated those scenes. However, I did have a lot of anger going on in some of their scenes.

Overall, I flat out adored this book. I can’t tell you how much you need to go preorder this book. It is so beautiful and romantic and real. It’s just….perfection. And at the end of the day, I give this baby 5 stars!

Pages: 336

Publication Date: April 5th, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: [rating: 5]