Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

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by Julie Buxbaum

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A New York Times Bestseller
“Here are three things about this book: (1) It’s . . .  funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you’ll be very happy you read it.” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of


A New York Times Bestseller
“Here are three things about this book: (1) It’s . . .  funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you’ll be very happy you read it.” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
With the perfect mix of comedy and tragedy, love and loss, and pain and elation, the characters in Julie Buxbaum’s Tell Me Three Things come to feel like old friends who make any day better. This YA novel is sure to appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart. 

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. 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, and to start at a new school where she knows no one.

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?
More praise for TELL ME THREE THINGS
“Three Things about this novel: (1) I loved it. (2) No, really, I LOVED it. (3) I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaum’s book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and Off the Page 
“The desire to find out whether Jessie’s real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep [readers] turning the pages as quickly as possible.” —PW, Starred

“A heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change.” —Kirkus

“Buxbaum’s debut is hard to put down because of its smooth and captivating text. The addition of virtual conversations through email and chatting adds to the exciting plot twist.” —SLJ

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 01/18/2016
Jessie’s mother has been dead for two years, and because her father has recently married a woman he met online and moved the family to Los Angeles, Jessie is starting her junior year at a fancy private school where she knows no one. The only good news is that a classmate and self-described “spirit guide” is anonymously emailing her tips about surviving Wood Valley High. “Somebody Nobody” is a great virtual conversationalist, and they turn out to have plenty in common, including grief. Jessie begins making friends and grappling with her complicated family dynamics, but she’s always wondering about her correspondent. Could he be brooding, handsome Ethan, her English-project partner? The cute guy at work whose girlfriend has it in for her? Stepbrother Theo? The dialogue—both spoken and typed—is consistently funny, and adult author Buxbaum (After You) makes everyone, even subsidiary characters, believable. She maintains suspense until the very end, and even if readers think they know who “Somebody Nobody” is, the desire to find out whether Jessie’s real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep them turning the pages as quickly as possible. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—A contemporary YA novel about grieving, growing up, and learning how to have confidence in yourself. Saying Jessie's new life is weird would be an understatement—after she loses her mother to cancer, her dad sells their house, moves them across the country to live with the woman he eloped with during a business trip, and enrolls her in an elite private school where everyone makes her feel even more like an outsider. Back home Jessie was comfortable: she had both her parents, a house she loved, and friends. Here she feels lost in a sea of designer clothing, expensive cars, and people who spend their summer vacations in faraway countries. When the teen gets an anonymous email from Somebody/Nobody offering to teach her to navigate this new school's territory, she registers how strange the situation may be but replies anyway. Who is this mysterious Somebody/Nobody (SN for short)? Will trusting SN lead to success—or make her even more of a target for bullies? Readers will find themselves growing with Jessie as she tries to deal with the passing of her mother and become comfortable in her own skin miles away from everything she thought of as home. Buxbaum's debut is hard to put down because of its smooth and captivating text. The addition of virtual conversations through email and chatting adds an exciting plot twist. Casual talk of drinking, drugs, and sex makes this novel more appealing to mature teens. VERDICT A definite purchase for collections where readers enjoy character-driven fiction.—DeHanza Kwong, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
Kirkus Reviews
Jessie's unassimilated grief over her mother's death makes her dad's abrupt marriage to Rachel, a wealthy widow he met online, and their subsequent move from Chicago to her mansion in Los Angeles feel like betrayal. Rachel's son wants nothing to do with Jessie. Her first week at his private school is agonizing. When she gets an email from "Somebody Nobody," claiming to be a male student in the school and offering to act as her "virtual spirit guide," Jessie's suspicious, but she accepts—she needs help. SN's a smart, funny, supportive guide, advising her whom to befriend and whom to avoid while remaining stubbornly anonymous. Meanwhile, Jessie makes friends, is picked as study partner by the coolest guy in AP English, and finds a job in a bookstore, working with the owner's son, Liam. But questions abound. Why is Liam's girlfriend bullying her? What should she do about SN now that she's crushing on study-partner Ethan? Readers will have answers long before Jessie does. It's overfamiliar territory: a protagonist unaware she's gorgeous, oblivious to male admiration; a jealous, mean-girl antagonist; a secret admirer, easily identified. It's the authentic depiction of grief—how Jessie and other characters respond to loss, get stuck, struggle to break through—devoid of cliché, that will keep readers engaged. Though one of Jessie's friends has a Spanish surname, rich, beautiful, mostly white people are the order of the day. Within the standard-issue teen romance is a heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change. (Fiction. 12-16)
From the Publisher
"Here are three things about this book: (1) It's sweet and funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you'll be very happy you read it."—Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

"The desire to find out whether Jessie's real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep [readers] turning the pages as quickly as possible."—Publishers Weekly, Starred

"A heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change."—Kirkus Reviews

"Buxbaum's debut is hard to put down because of its smooth and captivating text. The addition of virtual conversations through email and chatting adds to the exciting plot twist."—SLJ

"Buxbaum adds layered plotlines about grief, family, and the confusion and hardships of growing up, all with a touch of humor and romance. A solid YA debut."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Jessie A. Holmes must move to Los Angeles when her widowed father marries a widow who lives there with her son, Theo. Not only has Jessie lost her mother; now, she's lost all she's known her whole life. Predictably, she finds her new "parent" to be "impossible," calling her the "stepmonster." To make matters worse, she is enrolled in a ritzy, pretentious school full of snobby kids. The school's "Queen Bees" are out to get her, especially after she becomes friends with the main Bee's boyfriend. But then she begins receiving e-mails from someone who goes by the screen name of "Somebody/Nobody" (SN, for short). He becomes her refuge and helps her find friends at the new school. At the same time, Jessie resists adapting to her new life. She is not on speaking terms with her dad, much less the step-members of her supposed family. Slowly, she begins to adjust to her new situation and begins find things in common with Theo. But she keeps wondering who SN really is, even as she becomes closer and closer to him through their e-mail exchanges. Jessie finds herself falling for Ethan, her mysterious partner for an English class assignment about an epic poem. In the end, she realizes that the "stepmonster" really is not all that bad. She even manages to make a couple of new friends. You will have to read the book to figure out who SN really is. The book is nicely written and the suspense of finding out who SN is keeps the reader going. In addition to the usual themes of bullying and adjusting to new places, the book lends itself to discussion of literature and poetry. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan; Ages 14 up.

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Chapter 1

Seven hundred and thirty-­three days after my mom died, forty-­five days after my dad eloped with a stranger he met on the Internet, thirty days after we then up and moved to California, and only seven days after starting as a junior at a brand-­new school where I know approximately no one, an email arrives. Which would be weird, an anonymous letter just popping up like that in my in-­box, signed with the bizarre alias Somebody Nobody, no less, except my life has become so unrecognizable lately that nothing feels shocking anymore. It took until now—­seven hundred and thirty-­three whole days in which I’ve felt the opposite of normal—­for me to discover this one important life lesson: turns out you can grow immune to weird.

To: Jessie A. Holmes (

From: Somebody Nobody (

Subject: your Wood Valley H.S. spirit guide

hey there, Ms. Holmes. we haven’t met irl, and I’m not sure we ever will. I mean, we probably will at some point—­maybe I’ll ask you the time or something equally mundane and beneath both of us—­but we’ll never actually get to know each other, at least not in any sort of real way that matters . . . which is why I figured I’d email you under the cloak of anonymity.

and yes, I realize I’m a sixteen-­year-­old guy who just used the words “cloak of anonymity.” and so there it is already: reason #1 why you’ll never get to know my real name. I could never live the shame of that pretentiousness down.

“cloak of anonymity”? seriously?

and yes, I also realize that most people would have just texted, but couldn’t figure out how to do that without telling you who I am.

I have been watching you at school. not in a creepy way. though I wonder if even using the word “creepy” by definition makes me creepy? anyhow, it’s just . . . you intrigue me. you must have noticed already that our school is a wasteland of mostly blond, vacant-­eyed Barbies and Kens, and something about you—­not just your newness, because sure, the rest of us have all been going to school together since the age of five—­but something about the way you move and talk and actually don’t talk but watch all of us like we are part of some bizarre National Geographic documentary makes me think that you might be different from all the other idiots at school.

you 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 other people’s heads. my own is work enough.

the whole point of this email is to offer my expertise. sorry to be the bearer of bad news: navigating the wilds of Wood Valley High School ain’t easy. this place may look all warm and welcoming, with our yoga and meditation and reading corners and coffee cart (excuse me: Koffee Kart), but like every other high school in America (or maybe even worse), this place is a freaking war zone.

and so I hereby offer up myself as your virtual spirit guide. feel free to ask any question (except of course my identity), and I’ll do my best to answer: who to befriend (short list), who to stay away from (longer list), why you shouldn’t eat the veggie burgers from the cafeteria (long story that you don’t want to know involving jock jizz), how to get an A in Mrs. Stewart’s class, and why you should never sit near Ken Abernathy (flatulence issue). Oh, and be careful in gym. Mr. Shackleman makes all the pretty girls run extra laps so he can look at their asses.

that feels like enough information for now.

and fwiw, welcome to the jungle.

yours truly, Somebody Nobody

To: Somebody Nobody (

From: Jessie A. Holmes (

Subject: Elaborate hoax?

SN: Is this for real? Or is this some sort of initiation prank, à la a dumb rom-­com? You’re going to coax me into sharing my deepest, darkest thoughts/fears, and then, BAM, when I least expect it, you’ll post them on Tumblr and I’ll be the laughingstock of WVHS? If so, you’re messing with the wrong girl. I have a black belt in karate. I can take care of myself.

If not a joke, thanks for your offer, but no thanks. I want to be an embedded journalist one day. Might as well get used to war zones now. And anyhow, I’m from Chicago. I think I can handle the Valley.

To: Jessie A. Holmes (

From: Somebody Nobody (

Subject: not a hoax, elaborate or otherwise

promise this isn’t a prank. and I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a rom-­com. shocking, I know. hope this doesn’t reveal some great deficiency in my character.

you do know journalism is a dying field, right? maybe you should aspire to be a war blogger.

To: Somebody Nobody (

From: Jessie A. Holmes (

Subject: Specifically targeted spam?

Very funny. Wait, is there really sperm in the veggie burgers?

To: Jessie A. Holmes (

From: Somebody Nobody (

Subject: you, Jessie Holmes, have won $100,000,000 from a Nigerian prince.

not just sperm but sweaty lacrosse sperm.

I’d avoid the meat loaf too, just to be on the safe side. in fact, stay out of the cafeteria altogether. that shit will give you salmonella.

To: Somebody Nobody (

From: Jessie A. Holmes (

Subject: Will send my bank account details ASAP.

who are you?

To: Jessie A. Holmes (

From: Somebody Nobody (

Subject: and copy of birth certificate & driver’s license, please.

nope. not going to happen.

To: Somebody Nobody (

From: Jessie A. Holmes (

Subject: And, of course, you need my social security number too, right?

Fine. But tell me this at least: what’s up with the lack of capital letters? Your shift key broken?

To: Jessie A. Holmes (

From: Somebody Nobody (

Subject: and height and weight, please

terminally lazy.

To: Somebody Nobody (

From: Jessie A. Holmes (

Subject: NOW you’re getting personal.

Lazy and verbose. Interesting combo. And yet you do take the time to capitalize proper nouns?

To: Jessie A. Holmes (

From: Somebody Nobody (

Subject: and mother’s maiden name

I’m not a complete philistine.

To: Somebody Nobody (

From: Jessie A. Holmes (

Subject: Lazy, verbose, AND nosy

“Philistine” is a big word for a teenage guy.

To: Jessie A. Holmes (

From: Somebody Nobody (

Subject: lazy, verbose, nosy, and . . . handsome

that’s not the only thing that’s . . . whew. caught myself from making the obvious joke just in time. you totally set me up, and I almost blew it.

To: Somebody Nobody (

From: Jessie A. Holmes (

Subject: Lazy, verbose, nosy, handsome, and . . . modest

That’s what she said.

See, that’s the thing with email. I’d never say something like that in person. Crude. Suggestive. Like I am the kind of girl who could pull off that kind of joke. Who, face to face with an actual member of the male species, would know how to flirt, and flip my hair, and, if it came to it, know how to do much more than kiss. (For the record, I do know how to kiss. I’m not saying I’d ace an AP exam on the subject or, you know, win Olympic gold, but I’m pretty sure I’m not awful. I know this purely by way of comparison. Adam Kravitz. Ninth grade. Him: all slobber and angry, rhythmic tongue, like a zombie trying to eat my head. Me: all-­too-­willing participant, with three days of face chafing.)

Email is much like an ADD diagnosis. Guaranteed extra time on the test. In real life, I constantly rework conversations after the fact in my head, edit them until I’ve perfected my witty, lighthearted, effortless banter—­all the stuff that seems to come naturally to other girls. A waste of time, of course, because by then I’m way too late. In the Venn diagram of my life, my imagined personality and my real personality have never converged. Over email and text, though, I am given those few additional beats I need to be the better, edited version of myself. To be that girl in the glorious intersection.

I should be more careful. I realize that now. That’s what she said. Really? Can’t decide if I sound like a frat boy or a slut; either way, I don’t sound like me. More importantly, I have no idea who I am writing to. Unlikely that SN truly is some do-­gooder who feels sorry for the new girl. Or better yet, a secret admirer. Because of course that’s straight where my brain went, the result of a lifetime of devouring too many romantic comedies and reading too many improbable books. Why do you think I kissed Adam Kravitz? He was my neighbor back in Chicago. What better story is there than the girl who discovers that true love has been waiting right next door all along? Of course, my neighbor turned out to be a zombie with carbonated saliva, but no matter. Live and learn.

Surely SN is a cruel joke. He’s probably not even a he. Just a mean girl preying on the weak. Because let’s face it: I am weak. Possibly even pathetic. I lied. I don’t have a black belt in karate. I am not tough. Until last month, I thought I was. I really did. Life threw its punches, I got shat on, but I took it in the mouth, to mix my metaphors. Or not. Sometimes it felt just like getting shat on in the mouth. My only point of pride: no one saw me cry. And then I became the new girl at WVHS, in this weird area called the Valley, which is in Los Angeles but not in Los Angeles or something like that, and I ended up here because my dad married this rich lady who smells like fancy almonds, and juice costs twelve dollars here, and I don’t know. I don’t know anything anymore.

I am as lost and confused and alone as I have ever been. No, high school will never be a time I look back on fondly. My mom once told me that the world is divided into two kinds of people: the ones who love their high school years and the ones who spend the next decade recovering from them. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, she said.

But something did kill her, and I’m not stronger. So go figure; maybe there’s a third kind of person: the ones who never recover from high school at all.

Meet the Author

1. JULIE BUXBAUM is the author of the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You, and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Tell Me Three Things is her first novel for young adults. 2. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish. 3. Julie once received an anonymous email, which inspired Jessie’s story.
Visit Julie online at and follow @juliebux on Twitter, where she doesn’t list everything in groups of three.

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Tell Me Three Things 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Kathleen_Bookish 6 months ago
Pretty much everything you are looking for in a YA contemporary…cute, instant love, predictable, fun. Jessie spends the entire book trying to find the identity of a mysterious mentor who is helping her fit in at her new Los Angeles school through anonymous IM messages. I flew through this book, but had figured out the mystery suitor by about 1/3 through. Not terribly original, but enjoyable just the same.
Anonymous 7 months ago
WhatANerdGirlSays 8 months ago
REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED ON WHAT A NERD GIRL SAYS: 1. I SUPER LOVED THIS NOVEL 2. Any novel that takes place in California in some way is always a win in my book (I am so biased) 3. I can't wait for Julie Buxbaum to write another novel. I started this book while lounging around in the pool. I was house sitting for a friend and was totally taking advantage of the fact that she had an epic pool. I was about to participate in BFest, the first ever nationwide Barnes and Noble teen book fest, and Julie would be on my panel that day. I literally started the book when I got into the pool and nearly finished it by the time I got out. From opening line to the closing sentence, I was hooked, hooked by her writing, her stories and all of her incredible characters. As someone who grew up in California, and went through some hellish years in high school, this felt like reading my own high school diary. I knew so much of what Jessie was going through and I loved every bit of her story. What I think makes Julie's book so freakin' good is the fact that it feels so incredibly real and genuine. She captures that teen voice so well, while also making Jessie feel different and unique at the same time, which is a hard thing to do, both in writing and in life, especially when you're in high school and trying to fit in. Jessie is someone that you both completely relate to and also wish was your best friend. She is dealing with so much in this book; the death of her mother, the remarriage of her father, a new stepmom and stepbrother, a new school, a mysterious friend, and she just charges forward, even when she wavers, she's still strong as hell and its what makes me root for her so hard. I also love that you're not quite sure where the book is going to go. I know that I kept jumping back and forth on who I hoped Somebody Nobody was! She has you guessing again and again, and it sent my head spinning and made me turn the pages faster because I was just dying to find out who exactly it was. And when I did? I was so happy with the results. Julie wrote a serious page turner, that's funny and sad, and addicting all at the same time and I FLEW through this book and I really urge all of you to go pick up a copy because I think this book just might be one of my favorites of the year!
MissPrint 9 months ago
"Over email and text, though, I am given those few additional beats I need to be the better, edited version of myself." Jessie doesn't want to live in California. She doesn't want a new stepmother when her mother's death two years earlier is still painfully fresh. She can definitely do without her snobby new stepbrother. She hates leaving her best friend behind in Chicago and wishes her dad would try to understand why she's so upset. Her new super fancy prep school in Los Angeles is filled with pretentious students, confusion, and very few potential friends. When she receives an email from someone, Somebody/Nobody to be more specific, offering to help her make sense of her perplexing new life Jessie isn't sure what to think. Is his offer a genuine chance to get some help? Could it be an elaborate prank? The potential of a new friend and some much-needed information win out. The more Jessie and SN email and text, the more she wants to meet him in person. But as she gets closer to discovering SN's identity, Jessie also wonders if some mysteries should remain unsolved in Tell Me Three Things (2016) by Julie Buxbaum. Jessie feels like a stranger in a very strange land when she is thrust into a higher income bracket at her predominantly white private school. This relative privilege is addressed and handled well over the course of the novel while Jessie tries to reconcile her middle class sensibilities with the new luxuries she is starting to enjoy. Jessie's online friendship with SN and her real life struggles to befriend her classmates serve as another contrast in this story where perception can change everything. This novel also ruminates on the nature of grief and moving on as Jessie struggles to hold onto memories of her mother while watching her father start a shiny new life. The awkward and often frustrating dynamics of becoming a (reluctantly) blended family add depth to this already absorbing story. Tell Me Three Things is filled with humor and wit as a sweet romance unfolds. Jessie's narration features a singular voice with a unique perspective on her surroundings and her new classmates. She is self-aware enough to acknowledge her shortcomings in struggling to reconcile herself to her new step-family and home while also harboring a healthy dose of naiveté about other aspects of her life. Buxbaum breathes new life into a familiar premise in Tell Me Three Things. Readers may be quicker to guess SN's identity than Jessie but that journey, like the rest of Jessie's story, is all the more satisfying for the serendipity and potential near-misses along the way. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando, To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu, Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake, Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo, The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder, In Real Life by Jessica Love, I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
ShopeSS 10 months ago
Where do I even start? I guess I'll start with telling you three things...1) This has made it's way on to my favorite reads of 2016 reads. 2.) My favorite parts of the books were the IM/Text between SN and Jessie as well as Jessie's interactions with Ethan while working on their English project. 3.) I absolutely adore Jessie's character...well I loved a lot of the characters but there was just something about Jessie's character that I just fell in love with. I do have to admit I'm a little disappointed we didn't get a lot in regards to how Jessie, Theo, Rachel, and Jessie's dad make things start to work with their family. I say this because I feel like it was supposed to be one of the themes in the book but it just didn't really expand as much as I'd like to see. How did two grieving widows, who have fallen in love, make a family come together and deal with the grief at the same time? Though I guess this could be a topic addressed in it's own book. Even though I felt this could have progressed more, everything else about this book made up for it and it still was a 5 start review. This book is everything is everything is everything. (This sentence will make sense, as well as the three things, after you have read the book.)
Goldenfurproductions 10 months ago
MY THOUGHTS I picked up this up after hearing some raving reviews and reading the description! It sounded like a powerful contemporary with a little bit of mystery. This book was what I expected, and more. It had sad parts to it, but this was also a really cute book and I'm glad that I picked it up! It has been two years since Jessie's mother died. Her father has married a women he met online and they moved LA to live with her family. Not only does her new stepbrother make her feel unwelcome in her new home, but she's friendless in her new school. That is, until she receives an email from Somebody Nobody (SN for short). SN become Jessie's friend, and tells her the ins and outs of her school. They begin to have many online conversations with one another, but Jessie doesn't know who SN is. I read this book while on a road trip. Here's the thing about me: I have a hard time reading in cars. I don't know why, but I just feel too distracted to read and ,sometimes, I even get carsick. For some reason, that was not the case for this book. Once I started it, I read on until the last page. I couldn't help but get sucked into Jessie's story and the mystery surrounding SN. As far as SN, I loved their relationship. Sure, it sounds a bit sketch that Jessie in a relationship with someone online, but in this book it actually works. They have such a fabulous online friendship. They're so snarky and witty with each other! There were so many times where their conversations made me smile. Though many of their conversations were fun, they also have more serious, heartfelt conversations. The only thing that bothered me as how long it took for Jessie to figure out who SN was. I knew quite early on who SN was, it wasn't hard to figure it out, but it took until the very end of the book for her to figure it out. So I spent a large portion of the book yelling at Jessie while she kept making mistakes on who was SN. Though her mistakes did lead to some interesting circumstances. I can't really fault her for taking so long, it's hard to see what's right in front of you. IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed this book! It was realistic, both heartfelt and fun! I loved the relationships and, even though it took awhile, I loved the mystery! This is a great contemporary read and I do recommend it!
KateUnger 11 months ago
This book was cute, but it didn't really stand out as anything too spectacular for me. It reminded me a little of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda because it has an anonymous email correspondence element to it. Jessie has recently moved to California to live with her father's new wife and her son. Jessie's mom died two years ago, and since then, she and her father haven't talked much. Moving is rough for Jessie, so a random person, "Somebody/Nobody" or "SN" for short, starts emailing her, offering to be her spirit guide to Wood Valley High School. As the book progresses, there are three guys that could potentially be SN, but I guessed who it was right away. That made the middle of the book rather painful to read. Jessie was kind of clueless. The boys were fine, one was super cute, but it was a little annoying that without meaning too, Jessie very quickly had three guys falling all over her. Maybe I wouldn't have been so annoyed if I hadn't know who it was all along. The book is written in first person, and I enjoyed being inside Jessie's head even though she was a little too sarcastic and insecure for my taste. The constant commentary was humorous. The best part of the book for me were the friendships. Jessie had an amazing best friend back in Chicago, and the text conversations and other interactions between Jessie and Scarlet were honest and real. Jessie also makes two great girl friends in L.A. Agnes and Dri were great confidants and sidekicks for Jessie. I enjoyed their banter and boy drama. There were some minor nerdy elements which also made this book fun. Jessie works in a bookstore - amazing! And some books and TV shows I like are mentioned. Also, Jessie and one of the boys are paired up for an English assignment - analyzing The Wasteland. I enjoyed the grief part of the plot, but some of the other aspects just didn't work for me. The book was slow in the beginning, and even though the second half of the book picked up, it didn't bring my rating back up.
hazelbeatrice More than 1 year ago
A, this book is adorable. B, it's beautiful and C it's cute and full of charm. I know I used a children's song lyric to describe this book but it's true. It's purely adorable. Jessie is such and amazing character that's very relatable and real. SN is charming and all. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Seriously, this needs to be on everyone's shelves.
A-Smith More than 1 year ago
Julie Buxbaum is a master at balancing sadness with humor, romance with reality. The writing was spot-on, and told in the smart, witty, and honest voice of Jessie, who was such a real, down to earth, and genuine heroine--a girl I imagine I would have loved to have been friends with as a teenager. Every aspect of this book rang true: the real family relationships and tension in the face of loss, grief, and change; the friendships that can become a saving grace; and the sweet, romantic puzzle that keeps you turning page after page until the very end. TELL ME THREE THINGS has definitely made a Julie Buxbaum fan out of me! Highly recommended.
manicmommy More than 1 year ago
Julie Buxbaum knows the insides of a teen's heart and mind! In TELL ME THREE THINGS she hits the nail on the head with the emotions of Jessie, who moves to LA with her father who marries a seemingly wicked stepmother. Everything in her life as she knows it changes in an instant. It's been two years since her mom has died and she's still grieving, and now this, everything has been taken away from her. In LA, an anonymous email comes to her and a friendly/flirty correspondence begins -- this SOMEBODY/NOBODY person seems to understand Jessie more than she understands herself and helps her navigate the new ways of her uppity Wood Valley High School. Just when she thinks she has figured out who SOMEBODY/NOBODY is, this person becomes more of a mystery. With a cast of characters you'll fall in love with, and a storyline to break your heart and make you feel hope, wonder and emotions all over the place, TELL ME THREE THINGS is a book for young adults and adults. I loved Julie's women's fiction and I'm so thrilled she has jumped into the Young Adult pool! TELL ME THREE THINGS is great for readers of all ages.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Talented author