A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—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?
The thing is, Jessie does need 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 in LA 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?
I”m usually not a huge fan of contemporary but this book really grabbed my interest with the summary and I’m so, so happy I took a chance to read it. I loved it. The characters were so relatable, the story was really wonderful and fast paced.
The strongest element in this book for me was Jessie. She had recently lost her mother and been relocated to a new state and school. Her life had fallen apart and her mourning and coming to terms with how things would be now without her mother was amazingly well done and heart wrenching. Though the novel touched on this sad topic the book itself had a very positive vibe and didn’t at all make me feel bad. I honestly fell in love early on and found it difficult to stop reading.
I loved that Jessie had to take a chance on interacting and taking advice from a mystery emailer. I thought Buxbaum handled it in a realistic fashion and I never questioned Jessie’s motives (or the mystery person’s either). I thought it was really impressive how much chemistry these two had via email. Trying to guess who the person sending the emails was fun too and kept me that much more involved in the story.
A lot of times high school dynamics can be a miss for me since I’m an older reader of the genre but not so in this book. There was some high school politics and mean girl stuff but it all hit fairly realistic and somehow didn’t feel like too much drama. Somehow Buxbaum took all these topics I normally wouldn’t really be into and made them incredibly palatable for me.
I’m so happy I took a chance on reading Tell Me Three Things. I was swept away with the story and honestly found it to be a really heart-warming and fun read. I’ll be reading much more from Buxbaum in the future.