Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

25893582Tell Me Three Things
by Julie Buxbaum
My Rating: ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™
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Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, thatโ€™s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when sheโ€™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?

Itโ€™s been barely two years since her motherโ€™s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to liveย with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faithโ€”or an act of complete desperationโ€”Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie canโ€™t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

My Thoughts

โ€œyou make me want to know what goes on in that head of yours. I’ll be honest: I’m not usually interested in the contents of others people’s heads. My own is work enough.โ€ย 

I have been a YA contemporary kick for summer and Iโ€™m so glad that I read this one.

The feelings in this book were just so human that I ended up getting so wound up in this story. Maybe it was my hormones, but I was really going through my feelings here. It really brought me back to being a high schooler.

High school is a hell of a place and teenagers are cruel. While I never had been bullied like Jessie, I can fully relate. Going through the loss of her mother, moving and getting a stepmom, and starting a new school is quite a lot and I think she handled it well.

We also have a love interest here. Iโ€™m a sucker of romance that starts off by written conversations first. I feel like it gives the relationship a deeper connection since you donโ€™t see the other person first. I wonโ€™t spoil it about who the person was, but just know that it was cute and Iโ€™m glad it was who it was.

I think the most hard hitting was reading about Jessie go through the motions of grief over losing her mother.

“But I still haven’t found the words to talk about my mom. The real her. To remember who she was in a way that doesn’t make me kneel over.
I don’t know how to do that yet.”

At the end of the book, the author tells you that this a personal subject for her because she herself lost her mother at a young age. It feels like she put that into her writing and it was beautiful to read.

Overall, this affected me in ways that I didnโ€™t it expect it to and itโ€™s a great summer read.


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21 thoughts on “Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

  1. I’ve currently been reading a lot of contemporaries too! This sounds like so a wonderful book. It’s on my TBR and I’ll be sure to pick it up! Great review!

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  2. I was going to comment on your review and say I want to add this to my tbr now but when I checked Goodreads, I found out I already read it?! Wild haha. Apparently, I read it 2 years ago and it’s on my favorites shelf. Sadly, I don’t remember much of this and now I’m thinking of rereading it. Anyways, I enjoyed reading your review! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Ohh great review, Kayla! โค I'm so happy you enjoyed this one so much – it was such a sweet read and I loved the development of the relationship as well โค I can't wait to read more from the author someday ๐Ÿ˜€

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