Tell Me Three Things
by Julie Buxbaum
published April 5th 2016 by Delacorte Press
young adult | contemporary | romance
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?
The first half of Tell Me Three Things sucked a lot, a solid 2 stars. Lots of annoying tropes and typical plotlines. Buuuuut the ending was too cute for my poor soul, so I had to bump this up to a 3.
WHY THIS BOOK IS A 2-STAR READ
1. There were too many stereotypes and girl-on-girl hate.
This book is literally drowning in thin, blond, rich, bitchy Queen Bees, and yes, they all wear skimpy, barely-there clothes. The ultra-rich and high-class school the heroine goes to is there for the sake of judging others, and putting shame on girls. The heroine herself should be guilty of this!
2. This book is predictable.
There is literally zero mystery in this book. We're supposedly supposed to guess who Jessie's secret email-pal is, but it's pretty obvious from the start. Sure, I did second-guess my original assumption a few times, but those moments of doubt lasted for a grand total of 5 seconds.
3. There are some unrealistic things.
I have no idea how no one's questioning how Secret Email-Pal Dude (this isn't what he's actually called in the book–don't worry) got the Jessie's email. Despite him claiming right off the bat that he's not creepy, I find this to be incredibly shady and unrealistic. I, for one, would run for the hills if someone I don't know would randomly email me, claiming to want to help!
Also, Jessie assumes things WAAAAY too much, and way too fast. YOU'RE SHAMING THE NAME OF WOMEN, JESSIE.Here are 3 reasons why TELL ME THREE THINGS is kind-of a 2-star read: Click To Tweet
WHY I BUMPED UP MY RATING
1. The friendships and sibling love were fabulous!
Exhibit A: Jessie and her step-brother, Theo, start off on the wrong foot. They hate each other at first, and ignore each other at all costs, but eventually learn to help each other out and to be good support systems to each other!
Exhibit B: Jessie has a long-time friend from before she moved, who she loves dearly. She never "replaces" her with someone else, despite making new friends in her new home. They also go through some fights, which is very realistic. Overall, their friendship is solid and I love that.
2. The ending was TOO CUTE.
There might be no mystery as to who Secret Email-Pal Dude is, but it's sort-of okay because he is one adorable "secret admirer." He says lots of sappy stuff that will melt your heart at the end of the book!