Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: April 5 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!!”
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.