Title: Tell me three things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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.
I didn’t read this book critically so excuse me if this review doesn’t really have much other than me gushing.
After losing her mom, and having to start again completely in a very different world (it seems like), Jessie’s life has taken so many turns.
- Having to adjust at a high school where all the students are super rich and do so much in their lives.
- Settling in with her step-mother and step-brother.
- Navigating in this new life alone as her dad is always unavailable and her best friend is back in Chicago.
- The struggle of being alone.
In all this, when Somebody Nobody offers to help and be her guide in Wood Valley High, it seems like an answer from the gods. He offers her advice, answers her questions and even says who she could befriend.
There were quite a few guys (but I did have one main ship) and the relationships and struggles were shown really well. Her still stuck up on her mom and moving on was perfectly paced—not too much, not too less.
I really liked all the side characters. The teens were portrayed perfectly and it showed how teens act. I really liked her step-brother Theo. Initially he appears to be a rich uncaring brat but we find out that he is actually a good person. When Jessie and Theo started talking, I started thinking that this family might actually work!
On to the teenage lives, changes, friendships and fights—they were just right. I’ve seen that quite many YA books usually have only a few friends of the main character and the thing is, often there are more. I myself now have quite a few friends and each have a substantial importance. In this book, it felt like there were quite a few people—old friends, new friends, guys, bitchy girls, her employer etc. It didn’t feel like any character was just thrown on because we need more people.
I really loved how she finally met SN! BY THE ANGEL, THAT MEETING! I loved loved loved it and I’m pretty sure I am going to keep rereading it for a while, unable to move on. In short, love life works out beautifully.
Overall, a book that I would recommend to simply anyone 💖