REVIEW: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

V23 new typeface tagline.inddTitle:  Tell Me Three Things
Author:  Julie Buxbaum
Genre:  YA Contemporary
Publication Date:  April 5, 2016

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?


Tell Me Three Things is the perfect mix of teenage angst, heartfelt feelings, and the rush of young love.  It reeled me in from the first few pages, and before I knew it, I was already half way through the book and completely in love with Julie Buxbaum’s story telling.

This book centers around Jessie, a high school junior, who has moved from Chicago to Los Angeles.  She’s dealing with a lot, including the death of her mother, and the sudden acquisition of a new stepmom and stepbrother.  Adjusting to school is the absolute worst, and she feels alone and vulnerable.  When she receives a mystery email from someone who refers to himself as Somebody/Nobody, she can’t decide if it’s actually a lifeline someone is throwing her, or a cruel prank.  However, as time progresses, she finds herself becoming more and more dependent on SN, and pushes to meet him.  But what she doesn’t know is if the SN that she’s created in her head will hold up to SN in real life.

This book left me with a huge smile on my face, and had so many feels.  There’s a bit of a mystery to the book in figuring out who SN is, and some definite humor in Jessie’s hunt to figure out if he’s who she really wants him to be.  Also, I think the real bonus in this book was Jessie’s stepbrother.  At first, I didn’t like him at all, but the further I got into the book, the more I grew to love him.  He was like a little diamond in the rough I just wasn’t expecting.  I can’t wait to read Julie’s other YA release, and I think I’m going to look into a few of her adult contemporaries also.  Her writing is so well done, and I loved her characters and development.  At no point and time was I bored with this book, and I’m so glad that I finally decided to pick it up off my shelf!

5 Stars!

About the Author


Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, heryoung adult debut, and the critically acclaimed novels The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish. Visit Julie online at and follow @juliebux on Twitter.



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