Three Reasons to Read Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Publication: April 5th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Series: n/a
Length: 336 pages
Format: ARC from publisher (thank you, Random House!)

What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
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?

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Thank you to Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Want a fantastic and sweet contemporary read? TELL ME THREE THINGS is the one. It has amazing focus on family, friends, and first love. Still need a little push? Let me tell you three reasons why I adored this book.

1.The Characters

The characters are so wholly and realistically portrayed. Jessie was funny yet sweet, and I could relate to her on so many levels. She is struggling to survive in this Californian town, and there were several instances of internal struggles within Jessie’s character, which was interesting to see.

Moreover, there’s so many other secondary characters that really rounded out the main characters. Buxbaum does a fantastic job in incorporating all sorts of characters and friends into Jessie’s life: her dad, her dad’s new wife and her son, and all these people from school, especially SN.

2. The Plot

If you need to take one thing from me and my bookish habits, know that I love a good contemporary plot, something that’s unique, yet sweet. This was an adorable contemporary read. It had the perfect blend of Jessie’s keeping up with her old friends, dealing with the new people at school and the new family in her life, and trying to move on but remembering her mother at the same time. A lot of those challenges were overcome by the end of the novel. The ending wrapped up nicely, and I simply felt content (and a little swoony) by the end.

3. The Romance

The romance was absolutely adorable. Jessie gets anonymous texts and emails from SN, and they manage to develop this internet friendship that is so unique and wholly lovable. You can definitely see how their relationship deepens and how much they begin to love each other.

And P.S., when you (finally) find out who SN is, you’ll be swooning over how cute Jessie and her secret admirer are together.

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Have you read this book yet? Are you planning to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


11 thoughts on “Three Reasons to Read Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

  1. This one sounds adorable and I’m glad you enjoyed! I love me some contemporary romance novels with friendships, family and other drama thrown in and this sounds like the perfect book for that! Can’t wait to read!!


  2. I’m really looking forward to this one and have had it on my TBR list for a while so I can’t wait to get it! The plot instantly drew me in and I’m not too sure what the waffles represent on the cover but it’s adorable nonetheless! I’m glad to hear this book that I’ve been anticipating really lives up to that hype which makes me even more anxious to read!


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