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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
Branch Call Number: YA FIC BUXBAUM, J.
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Tell me 3 things


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May 17, 2021

Tell Me Three Things is a charming young adult novel with just the right amount of friendship, comedy, sentiment, and romance to it. I quite enjoyed this YA book and would highly recommend it to someone who enjoys books with a little heartbreak. It wasn't boring in the way that other high school novels can be, and it was both unexpected and relaxing. Many readers would be able to connect to the parallel experience depicted in this novel, as it does not feel like a typical cheesy love tale. I haven't finished a book in one sitting in a long time, but that just goes to show how wonderful it was! I didn't really like Jessie's character in the beginning, but by the end of the novel, she was pretty cool, with excellent character development; I'd imagine it's pretty realistic, and Jessie is certainly relatable.

Apr 17, 2021

Tell Me Three Things was very cute and enjoyable. I loved the mystery throughout the book that builds up to the end. The connection between the two main characters was adorable and fun to read. Although the teenage characters were a bit unrealistic, the plot was fun. I also enjoyed trying to figure out who SN is. The book was very fun and light throughout. I had trouble relating to/stepping into the character's shoes, but I still enjoyed the book. The ending is sweet and a great end to the book. The biggest problem that I had with the book was the way the teenagers typed. It wasn't crucial to the plot, but it was very off from the way regular teenagers text each other. However, I was able to ignore this and enjoy the book overall.

Jan 27, 2021

This book left me on edge at the end, I wasn't expecting to be tricked. I am so happy with the storyline of the book and has become one of my favorite books I've ever read. 10/10 would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Jul 10, 2020

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Sep 21, 2018

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Jan 05, 2018

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Sep 21, 2018

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

Sep 21, 2018

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


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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.

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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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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