Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | Book Review

Reading Group: High School+  

Personal Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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. 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, and to start at a new school where she knows no one.

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?

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?

Cover: This cover has waffles (Jessie's favorite word and SN's favorite food) shaped like hearts and in the background are parts of their conversations.

My Review: When I read the back of this book I was afraid SN was going to end up being the Stepbrother, and I really did not want it to be him.  I was scared that would mean that either her stepbrother was just trying to be nice and there wouldn't be any type of romance angle in the story or her stepbrother had a crush on her, and I didn't know how that could be something I would feel okay about.  However, it ends up not being Theo, and he's gay so no worries.  I really enjoyed this book because it was charming, just a classmate trying to help the new girl out.  Of course, it does end up to mean a little bit more than that by the end, but I loved that too. 
Jessie is still feeling the sting of losing her mom, and then her dad uproots her and moves her to California and into a new family.  No one feels completely comfortable in the situation, but there's nothing Jessie can do about it.  So when someone reaches out to her, Jessie decides to trust that it isn't a mean joke being pulled on her and relies on SN to be her friend and guide as she makes her way through a new school.  However, Jessie also learns that she's not the only one adjusting to a new life.  Her best friend in Chicago is left with the kids she grew up with chose not to be friends with, which I think might be almost as hard as being a new kid.  
Jessie learns that the only thing you can do in this life is to keep moving forward.  Because eventually, everything will fall into place.  It may take a new family, new school, some anonymous messages, a band, and an upset best friend, but it will work out.  This book is funny and something I would definitely recommend you check out when you're looking for your next book.  

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