Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum was a fabulous contemporary novel with an awesome technological twist. The author has created an atmosphere of tragic loss and from that forged one of the cutest, and most strange-in-a-good-way, teenage romances I have read about to date.
This book was released on 5th April 2016.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
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?
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum is one of those contemporary novels that make me so glad I didn’t go to a high school in cliche-style America.
On top of having to deal with the death of her mother, the main character Jessie, is moved across the country from Chicago to LA when her father remarries and is, naturally, sent to a school where many of the teenage girls are psycho little bitches. After being plunged into what seems like a different planet from her old life, Somebody Nobody, a random and mysterious email pen pal, offers to guide her though the ins and outs of her new high school.
I absolutely adored the main character, Jessie. She was written in such an amazing and realistic way that you can’t help but identify with her (Even though you may not have necessarily gone through the same stuff as her). The girl has insecurities and hopes which made her incredibly likeable, and she was very open and aware of her own flaws.
One of the characters is also flamboyantly gay which I didn’t expect but also kind of did (if you know what I mean). While at one point the word “fag” is used, it wasn’t in a malicious or casual way. It is mentioned when the homosexual character, Theo, is speaking to Jessie about his experiences as a gay teenager in a high school where it is very obvious that bullying is a big issue.
Saying I adored the relationship between Jessie and Somebody Nobody (SN) is a VAST understatement. However, who it ended up being was kind of predictable but I didn’t mind.
At the end of the book, Julie Buxbaum, the author, speaks directly to the reader in a note which mentions that the story she has written is very personal for her – in that she lost her mum at a young age too – but, unlike herself, Jessie was very sure of who she was as a person at the end of the novel.
Overall, 5/5 stars from me. This book was definitely an emotional roller coaster but inspiring and adorable as it was, I truly think that it is worth a read.