Thursday 28 September 2017

Review: Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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. 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, and to start at a new school where she knows no one. 
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? 
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?

Review: this was such a sweet and romantic book, but funny and true at the same time and just left me feeling warm and fuzzy and saying 'aww!' out loud on more than one occasion. I just loved this book and could definitely recognise high school feelings I had had throughout this book, it is definitely very true to life. There is the whole issue of internet safety thrown up in this book so it would be a great book to read with teens and discuss, but overall it was just really entertaining. I read the audiobook and it was really well done I would recommend this format!

Jessie as a character was very relatable, I could have been her and I just hate to imagine what moving schools in the middle of high school would have been like. She is very realistic and down to earth because she has lived a little bit and that's one of the things that I liked about this book, the characters all have a little life experience even though they are teens. The male characters in this novel are great too, they can play confidants and love interests, friends and enemies and make for some interesting reading. 

Some of the moments in this book are just so romantic but not overtly so, just the little things that anyone who has experienced them, or longed to experience them can recognise. Having said that, there is definitely more to this book than just the romance. There are issues about friendship and loyalty, about high school and all the issues it brings and about how you might be feeling when your parents don't behave like typical parents do. There is also a book store in this book, always a winner for me and so I am sure that will bring joy to a great many the readers too!

I just really enjoyed this book and it is a book I have been craving a re-read of, already, I know! I would really recommend this one if you are looking for a read with a good dose of reality but also a good dose of romance. I loved it and I am sure that you will to!

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