Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother's death, must move from Chicago to "The Valley," with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school's treacherous social waters.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553535648
0553535641
9780553535655
055353565X
Branch Call Number: YA FIC BUXBAUM, J.
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Tell me 3 things

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labraden
Sep 27, 2020

Tell Me Three Things is the story of Jessie, whose mother has died and her father has remarried. They move from Chicago, where everything is familiar, to Los Angeles, which feels to Jessie like another world. When she starts her new school, Jessie finds that she doesn't fit in at all until she starts getting e-mails from someone calling himself Somebody/Nobody (SN for short). SN goes to her school and offers to help her navigate through the new school blues. Jessie finds herself getting closer to SN and wants to know who he is, but he refuses to tell her. Life becomes more and more difficult as Jessie antagonizes the popular girls in the school and becomes an outcast.

This is a wonderful story of learning to accept what can't be changed but standing up for yourself and changing what you can. Jessie's voice is easily identifiable as she navigates through life in an unfamiliar house and school, gets to know her stepmother and stepbrother, and finds her own way. I really liked this story but I would suggest reading it with some tissues handy.

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hitikshab
Jul 15, 2020

age rating: 12-13+
This novel follows the story of sixteen-year-old Jessie Holmes, a Chicago girl who has suddenly moved into the chic LA life. Burdened with the grief of her mom's death, confusion with her new life, longing for her best friend, resentment at her dad, Jessie navigates her new life with messages from an anonymous "guide". As the story develops through emails and IMs, and the normal cut-throat high school life, the reader can't help but wonder who the "guide" really is...
I loved the playful way, Buxbaum navigates through Jessie's life, I couldn't help but find myself smiling or giggling through some of the conversations.
So if I had to - tell you three things- about the book I would say:
1) read it 2) READ IT 3) seriously you aren't checking it out already :))

This is a fun teen romance novel. It has plenty of comedy and relatable characters. I loved the fun suspense in trying to figure out who the mystery emailer is. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary teen romances. A great feel good book.

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KatG1983
Sep 05, 2019

I opened this book one Sunday morning, and did not put it down until I'd finished it that same afternoon. Tell Me Three Things is a sweet and immersive read, if not complex or overly sophisticated.

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senorita_jade
Nov 20, 2018

While predictable (I figured out who SN was really fast), this book is absolutely charming & exciting. I could not put it down, & finished it in one day.

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Hallieisabookworm
Sep 21, 2018

I just finished the book. It was AMAZING! It was full of mystery, romance, and drama. Jesse is a neat character and I admire her interest in reading. Julie Buxbaum created this inspiring story based on real-life events. She is a talented author. I'd encourage you all to read this book also.
I know you'll like it just like I do or even more.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

3 - 3.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary YA.

Jessie has just lost her mother, and she thinks her life can't get worse. It can. Her father decides to re-marry and uproot her from Chicago to L.A. When she arrives in L.A. her world is completely different. She lives in a mansion, goes to a private school, and no longer fits in. When she gets an email from the anonymous "SN" she quickly forms an attachment to him. When SN feels like her only friend, she'll want to meet him more than ever. But is he more comfortable on the other end of the screen?

This book reminded me a lot of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda. Emails from a secret admirer, she wants to meet him, he doesn't want to meet... etc. I think because I read Simon so recently I was a little let down by this one. It wasn't bad at all, but it felt really similar, and I really adored Simon. I thought that Jessie and SN's conversations were really cute and funny, but I wanted a little bit more of them! I felt like Jessie ended up having some friends and I didn't completely get her relationships with them, and I guess I didn't feel like I understood her personality very well either. Maybe it is because of the grief and life changes she is dealing with? I'm not quite sure. Overall this book was very cute, and a fun, quick read... but I wanted just a little more from it. After writing my review, I saw another review of this book... and she was totally right... there's a lot of girl-on-girl hate in this book. Some of it is directed toward the main character, some of it from her. It's a lot, and it's nice to see the opposite in fiction, so I hope to read more books where female characters lift each other up in the future!

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kwestra
May 17, 2018

YA--Teen/new school/mysterious email/
looks interesting--medium

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AliciaMochi
Jan 05, 2018

I raided my friend's bookshelf for something to read and she recommended this book to me. Thank goodness for her! I loved this book so much that now I want to buy it. I'm not giving any spoilers for those of you that haven't read it, but this book has such an amazing plot that it immediately made it onto my favorite book list! You will find it so hard to put down, and even after you finish you'll want to read it again.

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tvance
Dec 16, 2017

A fun easy read that was entertaining but I had 2 issues with it. The major one: SN being who it was was SUPER predictable. Like, that worked out a little too perfectly. Maybe that's the nature of Y fiction, to wrap things up all nicely, but I would've enjoyed the realistic aspect of SN being a rando who was less perfect than (spoiler) Ethan and made Jessie see someone for who they are on the inside and not fall for their swoon-worthy serial-killer eyes. That's just me.

And second: When she's texting her dad, he matches her (and SN's) tone by USING CAPS FOR EMPHASIS. I can understand doing that with your friends because you're similar and you rub off on each other, but my dad does not know how to text like a teenager. He texts like a dad, which means he usually calls. When Jessie's dad started using the same tone as she and her high school friends, it condensed the voice of the narrative. Like The Waste Land uses many voices in one story, this one had moments where it felt like the undeniably same voice throughout.

Apart from those nitpicky details, it was a generally fun, feel-good read. I might've enjoyed it more if I were still a teenager, so I'm tempted to give the author's non-YA works a try next.

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Jul 10, 2020

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Hallieisabookworm
Sep 21, 2018

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Jan 05, 2018

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Hallieisabookworm
Sep 21, 2018

Sexual Content: No sexual content. Just texting friend that she had sex.

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Hallieisabookworm
Sep 21, 2018

Coarse Language: Swear words are in the story, word like "S**t" or "F*g" included.

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Hallieisabookworm
Sep 21, 2018

Me: Tell me three things I don't know about you. You know,
besides your name and, well everything else.
SN: ok. (1) I make a killer grilled cheese. (2) if you met
me even a year ago, I was a totally different person.
(3)...I don't know, may keep this one to myself.
Me: Come on. You keep everything to yourself.
SN: (3) I like you.
Me: (3) I like you too.

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ReaderErin
Jan 28, 2017

“Perfect days are for people with small, realizable dreams. Or maybe for all of us, they just happen in retrospect; they're only now perfect because they contain something irrevocably and irretrievably lost.”

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Hallieisabookworm
Sep 21, 2018

When 16 year old Jessie movies to California with her dad, everything changes. New home, new school, new step-mom, new annoying step-brother, and no friends. She left her whole life behind, including her best friend, childhood home, and her mom. (Dead) Then she starts school and struggles from being bullied. She receives an anonymous email from someone who refers him//her self to as Somebody nobody.(She calls SN) They become friends not in person but on device. What if the person you need the most is someone you've never met?

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