MINI-REVIEW: “Tell Me Three Things” by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Pages: 328

Release Date: April 5 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Paperback

Genre: Contemporary
Goodreads Rating: 4.09 (of 33,052 ratings)


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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?


I had Tell Me Three Things on my TBR for over two years, which is long enough that I don’t even know what prompted me to add it in the first place. I finally bought in possibly my biggest book haul ever during the Book Outlet Black Friday sale, and now here I am, reading it. Now what did I think?

📌 How the heck did S/N get Jessie’s email address? This is never addressed in the book and when Jessie gets the email, her first response is “what if this is a prank??” not “omg some weirdo knows I’m!!”

wait, that’s me

It’s not the end-end of the world. Just a plot vortex I fell into for a while.

📌 Why is Jessie the snarky teenage version of me? Her dad just hauled her across the country to adopt a whole new life so girl, I GET IT, snark is required. I enjoyed her eye-roll moments and general kinda-done-with-it mood, which is pretty much how 99.9% of the teen population acts nowadays.

📌  I was swept into the whole “who is S/N” mystery even though, yeah, the answer was kinda obvious. Buxbaum threw in enough question marks to keep the mystery aspect enjoyable. I was laughing during the reveal moment.

📌 Why was Ethan literally an Edward Cullen double. I vibed with every character in this book like, yup, you’re a realistic teen. Then Ethan comes on the scene with his brooding and not talking and I’m like, did Edward stumble into a contemp YA by accident? (Also why did Buxbaum describe everyone with acne and awkwardness except Ethan? Mmmkay.)


Fun read, good laughs, cute family moments. 4 crowns. Why do I have a whole rating section when I summarize the whole thing ^^ up there? Hmm. I may need to rethink this. Does this section help anyone or nah?


Did I finally write an actual mini review? My fingers are crossed. 


18 thoughts on “MINI-REVIEW: “Tell Me Three Things” by Julie Buxbaum

  1. I liked this book too when I read it last year. Have you read Windfall? Forgot who it is by, but it has a green cover and it’s young adult. I can see it on my bookshelf at home clearly. I read that one about the same time.


      1. Not really, other than being young adult contemporary. I just was on the roll with these two books in particular at the same time back to back in March or so last year. (I like looking at my Goodreads books a lot.)

        I remember I read Windfall on an off day. The girl in Windfall wins a lottery ticket for her best friend’s birthday and it becomes one of those stories. It’s more similar to Lucky in Love by Kasie West.

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  2. I read this book back in 2015, and it kicked off my love affair with Julie Buxbaum. It was just the perfect amount of cute and fluffy with some grief thrown in there (which you know is my thing). I just remember loving this book so much.

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