Book Review: Tell Me Three Things

Posted September 26, 2016 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

book review- tell me three things

Book Review: Tell Me Three ThingsTitle: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: April 5th 2016
Pages: 336

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.

My Review

I don’t know if it’s really a secret anymore, since ya know, I say it all the time, but I’m not typically a huge fan of contemporary novels, but this was seriously one of the cutest books in the entire world. It also most definitely got the stamp of approval from my best friend as well, who loves to read these ya contemporary romances. This is like perfect for people who love love.

i think i'm in love

I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t exactly all that secret who the “mystery guy” was. I mean, I could totally tell exactly who it was from the moment we first met him; he just totally gave off the vibe of being him, ya know what I mean? Well, probably not if you haven’t read it…. Go read it, and then you’ll know what I mean, promise.

But, even if there wasn’t all that much mystery around who the guy was going to turn out to be, it was still amazing. It wouldn’t have been a good mystery, but it’s an amazing cheesy romance kind of read, that’s for sure.

I’m not going to talk about any of the guy characters we meet within this book because it’ll totally be a spoiler for who the “mystery guy” turns out to be, but seriously, if you’ve read this, please comment. I need to fangirl about this guy, okay? Okay.

cute guy alert

I also really liked the arc that our main character had! She was incredibly annoying in the beginning, I’m definitely not going to pretend like she wasn’t. She totally struck me as the kind of girl that wanted to be not ‘that kind of girl’ so badly, if that makes sense. Like, she’s the kind of girl who would say “I’m not that kind of girl, I’m a cool girl” and actually mean it. But towards the end, it’s like she actually grew up and I liked her a lot more.

So what we’ve got here is a cute guy, a ‘gets less annoying’ girl, and an adorable romance that’s mildly insta-lovey, but not that bad. I liked it a lot, definitely my kind of contemporary.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

My Review

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  • I read this one a couple of weeks ago and absolutely loved it! I loved the “mystery” element (even though it really wasn’t that big of a mystery), the growth of the main character and the connections the author had created for her characters (the problems with friendships, new family structures etc). 🙂

    • Olivia

      I did too! It was like all of the problems they ran into during this story were real life things, and not just super dramatic things thrown in for, well, drama. I see that happen a lot in contemporary books, so it was a relief that this book didn’t follow that!

  • This sounds like a cute read! I have seen this around a lot and was interested in it. I definitely want to meet this cute guy haha Lovely review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • Olivia

      You definitely need to pick it up! This book has already gone onto my favorites shelf, which is saying a lot since I don’t even like this genre much, hahah.

  • So glad you enjoyed it! I LOVED this review! Also, can I have the donut?

    • Awh, thank you so much! And that donut was amazing, just looking back at the picture makes me want another!