Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review: Tell Me Three Things - Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things
Julie Buxbaum 
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to Delacorte Press and First in Line for the ARC I received at Yallfest!

I have no idea how to talk about this book, but I'm going to do my best because I need to talk about this book and how amazing it is.

After reading the blurb for Tell Me Three Things I was immediately intrigued. At the beginning of the book, Jessie has just moved to Los Angeles and is dealing with a lot. It's been about two years since her mother died, and her father has just remarried and relocated them from their old life in Chicago. If that wasn't bad enough, she's starting her junior year at a fancy prep school where she is struggling to fit in. Luckily for her, an anonymous friend wants to help her get acclimated at her new school. While Somebody Nobody could be an elaborate catfish, Jessie ends up finding a true friend through their conversations.

There's something so relatable about Jessie. Even if you've never lost a parent or moved to a new school or had an anonymous online friend, it's easy to connect with her feeling of not belonging. At its roots, Tell Me Three Things is Jessie's coming of age story. The way Julie Buxbaum portrayed such a wide range of emotions through Jessie was absolutely beautiful, and I think there's something everyone can connect with.

One of the most gripping parts of Tell Me Three Things is the mystery of who Somebody Nobody is. While I had my guess somewhere in the middle, Julie Buxbaum did an amazing job at keeping me guessing the entire way through. I actually shouted "NO WAY" at one point because she had me convinced I was wrong.

As for the romance aspect of the book, it was absolutely adorable!!!! (I had an English teacher once say that you should rarely use exclamation points in formal writing, and when you do you should only use one, but honestly it was so adorable the extra exclamation points were entirely necessary and I stand by them.) There was so much "aw"-ing and swooning while reading this. I loved how the connection built and the friendship bloomed into the romance.

Honestly, I have no complaints about Tell Me Three Things. I knew after the first paragraph of this book that I was going to love it, and it exceeded my expectations. With a wonderful balance of mystery, romance, humor, and heartfelt moments, Tell Me Three Things is absolutely a must read and is now one of my all time favorites!

- Kiersten

Bonus: I'll tell you three things about myself!
(1) I just got a sweatshirt that says "I don't care" and has a unicorn on it
(2) My BookCon passes were mailed out yesterday (yay!)
(3) I just enrolled for my classes for the first semester of my senior year this morning (unreal)

Tell me three things about yourself in the comments!

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