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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum // Book Review *No Spoilers*

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Published: April 2016

Pages: 328

Sypnosis from Goodreads: 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 is one of those cute YA contemporary novels that you cant help but fall in love with, not only because of the well-written characters, but the storyline keeps you interested.

The story begins with Jessie. A sixteen-year-old high school junior, who recently moved to Los Angeles to live with her new step-mother and step-brother after her father eloped with the woman he met online. Jessie’s mother passed away, and she’s still grieving her death, while completely unhappy with having to leave Chicago and all of her friends.

Suddenly, Jessie gets an email from an anonymous sender, Somebody/Nobody (SN), who helps navigate her new school Wood Valley High School.


The characters: I found Jessie, the main character, to be well-written. She talks her age, which made her realistic. Ethan, along with SN, made the story for me. Ethan was your classic mysterious, quiet character that you cant help but me intrigued by. SN on the other hand, was sweet and funny. I loved everything about them.

The mystery: Although I figured out who SN was pretty quickly, I loved the anticipation for that moment when Jessie finally discovered who SN was, and how she would react to it. The mystery behind the character adds a unique twist to this cute contemporary novel.

The relationships: The conversations between Jessie and SN, along with the other characters, made me laugh, sigh, and smile. Every time a conversation between Jessie and SN appeared across the pages, I got excited to see if she would figure out who SN was.

Subtle serious topics: I like how even though there are some darker subjects in this book, it’s not told in a depressing/pity way. The subjects added depth to a lighthearted book, which I appreciated.


I didn’t want the book to end. Yeah, that’s how much I loved this story. I finished the book in less than twenty-four hours because it was a total page-turner. Tell Me Three Things was refreshing, cute, and the perfect quick read.

I wish there was more Ethan. This is purely because I loved his character, and I couldn’t get enough.


I give this book 5/5 stars because I truly loved it. I’m a sucker for a good contemporary book, whether it’s slightly predictable or not. If you’re into novels that are cute, with likeable characters and a little bit of mystery, you’ll enjoy this.

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