Thank you for checking out my stop on the Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum Blog Tour! Julie Buxbaum’s first Young Adult novel doesn’t come out until April, but read on for an early review of the book and links to pre-order it.
Publication: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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?
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum was a cute contemporary YA book that I wasn’t really expecting to like as much. I don’t normally read a lot of YA contemporary, but I am glad that I read this one.
Jessie is a very likeable character. I thought that she was easy to get to know and relate to. She isn’t much of a social butterfly, but she is a smart, witty, and realistic character. She is going through some emotional issues at the moment and her relationship with her father is not the greatest. Jess is a teenager, so she can be somewhat self absorbed and she may not think things through all of the time, or completely understand things. But having to cope with your mom’s death, and dealing with a new stepmom, and stepbrother in a new place can be a lot to take in. I liked that her character does grow during the course of the book….no major growth, but still.
One neat aspect of the story that I really enjoyed was that the author included text messages, IM’s and emails into the story. It added an interesting and fun feature to the story.
Julie Buxbaum has created a cute YA contemporary that kept my interest from beginning to end. The story flowed and the writing (also trying to figure out who SN was) kept me turning the pages. I’m interested to see what other books Julie Buxbaum writes in the future. If you’re looking for a YA contemporary with a simple yet unique storyline and realistic characters then check out Tell Me Three Things when it releases on April 5, 2016.
RATING: 3½ out of 5.
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