Review: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

25893582 Title: Tell Me Three Things

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Synopsis: 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?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.


Jessie Holmes’s world has just been turned upside down. Still grieving from the death of my mother from two years ago, Jessie’s father has just announced that he has eloped and married someone who is a complete stranger to Jessie. Jessie’s father has also announced that they are moving from Chicago to Los Angeles and she will start her junior year in a private high school with students who spend their summers climbing mountains and interning at Google. Not only does she have to navigate the choppy waters that are high school, but she is now living with her new stepmother and stepbrother who seem as though they don’t want anything to do with her. Now her only hope is SN (Somebody Nobody), who has mysteriously started emailing her and giving her helpful advice for surviving high school and just being a friend she can confide in.

Jessie was such a lovely character. She loves reading and her favorite word and food is waffles. What I loved most about Jessie was how realistic she was. She was selfish, sad, angry, confused, and uncertain. She was also kind, caring, and forgiving. Jessie is your average teenage girl. I adored her character development. It was wonderful witnessing Jessie growing from quiet and shy to a confident and assertive young girl. In addition to her own development, Jessie improved her relationship and communication with her father. She was even attempting to have a relationship with her new stepbrother and stepmother.

I don’t read many contemporaries because I cannot deal with angsty teenagers and their absurd “problems,” but this contemporary is nothing like that. Tell Me Three Things is such a sweet contemporary. It deals with loss and with new beginnings. Tell Me Three Things is realistic and handles very realistic situations. I love finding authors who write contemporary novels that are wonderful and fun reads. I cannot wait until this author comes out with new books because I will be reading them!

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, and the critically acclaimed novels The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her website.


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