Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Blog Tour Review- TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub. Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Print ARC from publisher
Rating: 4.5 Stars

What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
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. 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?

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.

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?

I loved being pleasantly surprised with a book. Tell Me Three Things definitely hit the mark by being so great unexpectedly great. I honestly didn't know what to expect - the synopsis doesn't give the story my opinion anyway. Although the book is very predictable, I was still able to enjoy it. It's a romantic, cute, and fun way to have a secret admirer. Maybe even a little bit scary and exciting. I mean come on, what if it's a fifty year old man preying on a young girl? Yuck. Luckily, it's not that. You're welcome. 

Jessie has up and moved from her hometown in Chicago to sunny California, in the land of the movie stars. Her life is anything but a movie. Losing any kind of parent is terrible but imagine losing two. Jessie had lost her father to a woman he met on an online support group and quickly elopes with her. Hence the moving all the way to L.A. Rachel is a movie mogul with a huge home and douchebag son that's in the same grade as Jessie. They are everything Jessie and her dad are not - regular, middle class people. 

Life is lonely when you have no one that wants to get to know you. Being the new kid blows buckets and buckets of crap. Especially in Jessie's case. Not only is she alone but she has to deal with catty girls on top of that. The moment she receives an email from an anonymous source wanting claiming to want to be her 'spirit guide' of sorts. He goes by the name Somebody Nobody and get just...gets Jessie. Can you possibly fall in love with someone you've never met? How about someone that's hidden away through the lovely Internet? Sounds very suspicious and catfish like too.

Jessie and SN embark on a friendship that's basically just emails and then turns into IMs. We don't know who 'he' is but I can tell you now, I knew since the beginning who it was! I mean, it's I said before, it's predictable. 

It was so nice seeing Jessie develop into a character I could love - the secondary characters were just as great: Scarlett, Dri, Agnes, Ethan, Liam, and Caleb. Even though some of those characters I wish we would have gotten a little more from. I felt the voice was realistically like a teen girl but as for mister SN... At first I thought it was creepy as all get out. I would go crazy wondering whoever I was talking to, knew and watched me... It's like having a piece of food on your face, you don't see it but everyone else does. 

Overall, I think everyone should pick up this adorable and satisfying read. Readers of all ages will want to line up for the baby because it's one you can't help but fall in love with! The author is one I plan to keep a look out for: the style of writing is fun and easy to read. It's also easy to get lost in the pages. Enjoy!

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About the Author:
Please check out my two novels, THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE and AFTER YOU, both now out in paperback. My first YA novel, TELL ME THREE THINGS, debuts April 2016.

Please check out my website for more information about my books.

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