Early Review | Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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Early Review | Tell Me Three Things by Julie BuxbaumTell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Published by Delacorte Press. on April 5th. 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: The Publisher
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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?

My thoughts

Once I read the premise of Tell Me Three Things, I knew it would be something I loved. As a blogger, I spend a lot of time connected to the internet and talking with people who in some cases, I have never met. Many of those have impacted my life greatly, or are part of my every day life. The anonymity of it has its pros and cons, but opens up so many doors for us individually. And at times, it’s easier to talk to someone who you technically “never met.” Julie captured it perfectly and I couldn’t have been happier.

Of all the things I loved about this book, Jessie’s character was by far my favorite. Jessie reminded me so much of me at her age, it was uncanny. She’s snarky, smart, witty and her voice was just so REAL to me. She was selfish at times, childish too, but yet she was unapologetic about it. You can’t help how you feel. I couldn’t image going through everything that she did – losing her mom, moving and losing apart of herself as well.

Another aspect I loved was the deep-rooted friendships and family. Sure, starting over with a stepmom, step brother and new school isn’t easy, but she opened herself up slowly, allowing herself to love each in turn. It’s not easy to say but she gained so much love, and figured out so much about herself after she felt she was completely lost.

Three More Things I loved

Somebody/Nobody. I loved their conversations! They vary from mundane things, to deeper conversations about the loss both have suffered. I for one, figured out who the person was quite early on, but did second guess myself throughout the book. I also loved the formatting of it – starting in email and going to IM. So help me, I wanted to know what platform they were talking on, too!

The writing. Julie’s writing is beautiful, deep yet simplistic at the same time. She is able to snag the reader from page one. The pacing of the book was perfect, never having a dull moment but effortlessly flowing from page to page.

It’s hilarious. I love it when a book has the effect to make you double over laughing. There are many hilariously quotable lines in it and I can’t wait for everyone to be able to see them!

Overall – I absolutely loved Tell Me Three Things. It’s funny, adorable and just GOOD. Highly recommend it! Go forth and pre-order.




Tell me three things


  • Have you ever had ongoing conversations over the internet with someone you’ve never met?
  • What is the last book you read that reflected some personalities traits of yourself?
  • Are you SUPER excited to read Tell Me Three Things?


5 thoughts on “Early Review | Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    eeeep! I’m so excited for this! 🙂

    So, here’s a funny story. I used to do those high fantasy RP chatrooms back in the day. I kept talking to this one person on there and GUESS WHAT. It was a guy I went to HS with! I remember being so embarrassed at the time because I didn’t want anyone to realize my uber cool self did RP chat rooms. LOL.

    1. tonyalee

      Remind me to tell you a story about what happened when I was in junior high. My story is the opposite of Jessie’s, in the sense that it was like a stalker situation LOL (not funny but kinda)

      I should be mailing this week so yay!

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