Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

Book - 2016
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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: Y BUX
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 22 cm

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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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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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 04, 2017

Julie Buxbaum captures a story of friendship, a new life and moving into one amazing book; Tell Me Three Things. After Jessie’s father remarries, Jessie must move to Chicago and start a new life away from her best friend. On the first day of her fancy new prep school, everything goes wrong. Jessie is not sure that she can handle the new school. The next day she gets an email from someone named Somebody/Nobody (SN for short) that says that they will help Jessie fit in. Both of them start emailing back and forth and Jessie makes some new friends. This book was very good, however, it can be quite repetitive since the emails are mostly the same. It made me want to keep reading so that I could find out who SN was. Even though I guessed who SN was by the middle of the book, I still continued reading and I’m glad I did. I would recommend this book for ages thirteen and up. Rating- 4/5 stars @readit12 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I had very high expectations for this book, due to a friend's recommendation. Was a good book with an interesting plot that keeps your interest until the end of the book. A very sweet novel that captures all the emotions of Jessie, as she moves to a new place. The secret love interest will keep you guessing throughout the book. Was a tad bit cliche for my liking, however some parts really stood out from other romantic books. The humour and witty comments were a fun addition. Tell Me Three Things was a little unrealistic and sometimes the situations were repetitive. The author develops the characters well and near the end of the book you will feel truly content with Jessie’s character growth along with some of the other characters. Overall, a pretty well written book with good character development, rate four out of five!
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ezapian
Oct 17, 2017

What a wonderful combination of loss, laughs and love- a very real life teenage story! I loved the book.

sarag1 Jul 10, 2017

So I have-- guess how many-- Three Things.
But, sorry to tell, not such great things.

Number 1: Jessie is stupidly annoying. Really??? Just ASSUME that guy is SN?? Is she serious??
Number 2: Ethan is fantastic. HE MEMORIZED POETRY FOR GOD'S SAKE. Gilbert Blythe called and asked for his swoon-worthy persona back. But SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER He and SN are not similar. At all. Ethan never shows his witty, fun, funny, silly side in real life. I can't picture him as SN in actual reality.
END SPOILER
Number 3: SN was everything I wanted for Jessie, happiness and sweetness and funniness. UNTIL. UNTIL. UNTIL.
WHAT IN THE WORLD.
WHO LIKES THE HARRY POTTER MOVIES MORE THAN THE BOOKS. WHO. WHO. WHO.
THE CAST IS AWESOMESAUCE, SURE. EVEN, AS SN POINTS OUT, EMMA WATSON IS AMAZING.
BUT BETTER THAN THE BOOKS????????????? IS THIS SECRETLY THE AUTHOR'S OPINION????? BECAUSE I CAN'T RESPECT A WOMAN WHO THINKS THAT WAY.
And I certainly cannot admire a guy like that.

Otherwise, I got my cheesy fun romance. If I'm being honest, I feel that it started off much better than it ended.
As soon as I started reading, I was drawn in. I don't know what it was. The unique format, maybe? But I didn't want to stop reading. Even when I was angry at Jessie I didn't want to stop because I was looking forward to our finale. But then it was a bit of a let-down. Jessie is not a princess that she can go around playing with Liam and Caleb's hearts.

This sounds a lot harsher than the emotions I'm really feeling. Don't freak. I don't hate it. In fact it gets three stars!! I'm just a bit grumpy today.

Cynthia_N Apr 03, 2017

Such a neat little story! I like the idea of telling someone three things as a way to get to know somebody but as a parent I think if an unknown person were talking to my teen by text I would not be happy!

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jac523
Mar 12, 2017

A really cute romantic read! Loved the anonymous email idea and the fact that there was some more depth to this story in addition to the romance. Friendship, grief, and fitting in were all themes that played a big part, giving this something more than a light and fluffy feel.

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Bookworm_64
Feb 16, 2017

This book reminded me so much of the movie 'You've got Mail'. The way the characters changed/acted was very realistic and felt relatable. Although it was slightly predictable, it was still a good story nonetheless. I definitely think it was a worthwhile read and that it was very enjoyable.

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Hallieisabookworm
Sep 21, 2018

Hallieisabookworm thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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AliciaMochi
Jan 05, 2018

AliciaMochi thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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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