Julie Buxbaum delves into the inner feelings and life of a teen girl TELL ME THREE THINGS -grief stricken by the loss of her mother, thrown into a new stepfamily, and a move to a new city and school, knowing no one. With wit, lots of heart, and soul ---and a little help from her new anonymous virtual spirit guide, "Somebody Nobody"--they chart their own course, through daily life's storms and messiness. • 733 days after mother died (Cancer) • 45 days after her dad eloped with a stranger on the internet (wealthy) • 30 days after they move from Chicago to Los Angeles (New stepmom & stepbrother) • 7 days after starting as a junior at a new prep school (Public to private-knows no one) To: Jessie A. Holmes (email@example.com) From: Somebody Nobody (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Your Wood Valley H.S. Spirit Guide Tell Me Three Things An email arrives. An anonymous letter pops up in Jessie's inbox with a bizarre alias. She is sixteen and her world has just been uprooted like overnight. Someone appears to be there to help her survive Wood Valley High. A guardian angel. For real? The mom she loved dearly, and her special waffles, is no longer there. Their intimate talks, her support, guidance, and friend. Her dad is distracted, centered on his new wife, and she has an annoying stepbrother, Theo to contend with. With a cast of supporting characters, Jessie continues to communicate with SN, attempting to guess his identity. She is loving the supportive, funny, and online friend, and comes to depend on him. When she begins making friends, she is still always wondering. Talking with fingertips. It is safe. When will they meet? What is he really like? A job at the bookstore. Power through the grief. Emotional truths. Naked and unprotected, face to face with life's fears, battles, and steep mountains to climb. Learning, accepting, desperately trying to fit in. Juggling guy and girlfriends, crushes, relationships, school, peer pressure, work, family, loves, pain, loss and the ongoing fear and excitement of meeting SN-add in dealing with the normal other teen emotional highs, lows, and frustrations. First times. Trials and failures. Wins and Losses. A desperate need to be accepted and loved. Starting over. Who does Jessie want SN to be? She continues to analyze everyone she meets to determine if there is a connection to SN - the mystery man. Ethan, Liam, Caleb, or someone else? She will not let go of the crush. The talking, the sharing. The unveiling . . . Possibly, romance, a kiss. poetry, a relationship? Buxbaum skillfully maneuvers the daily thoughts of Jessie, in her banter with precision, using contemporary subjects, and dialogue, in an entertaining format. Authentic, relatable teen characters, with a nice usage of social media- without being overbearing. Keeping readers glued to the pages to learn SN's identity. A fantastic and innovative story for young adults, teens, and even parents and grandparents. (hey, we all have to keep up). We forget too quickly what is was like being a teen. Most of us despised our own teen years; not a time we wish to relive. Junior high and high school are difficult times even for the average teen. A constant state of confusion. I liked Jessie in so many ways. She was never whinny, selfish, or a drama queen. She took everything in, sometimes without reaction. After all, she did have her faithful SN to confide in. On a serious note: I loved the commentary from the author at the end. Her heartfelt personal story of the loss of her own mom, at age fourteen. Painful times, delving into those feelings with a powerful story to tell. The beauty of first love, and she tells it with compassion and raw human emotion! The author's first YA debut--Highly relatable, to teens in such a way to balance the loss, grief, with wit and humor. I listened to the audiobook version (highly recommend) narrated by Jorjeana Marie-a perfect voice for Julie. Priceless. What a great tribute to a mom...Someone is smiling. For fans of YA Contemporary Rainbow Rowell, Veronica Roth, John Green, Jodi Picoult, and Sarah Dessen. Highly recommend! My three favorite things: > The Author > The Characters (SN & Jessie) > The Narrator
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“Here are three things about this book: (1) It’s . . . funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you’ll be very happy you read it.” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
With the perfect mix of comedy and tragedy, love and loss, and pain and elation, the characters in Julie Buxbaum’s Tell Me Three Things come to feel like old friends who make any day better. This YA novel is sure to appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.
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?
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“Three Things about this novel: (1) I loved it. (2) No, really, I LOVED it. (3) I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaum’s book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and Off the Page
“The desire to find out whether Jessie’s real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep [readers] turning the pages as quickly as possible.” — PW, Starred
“A heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change.” — Kirkus
“Buxbaum’s debut is hard to put down because of its smooth and captivating text. The addition of virtual conversations through email and chatting adds to the exciting plot twist.” — SLJ
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Jessie's life has been turned upside down; her mother passed away, her dad remarried so they had to move to Los Angeles to be with her rich stepmom and snobby stepbrother. To top it off, she's the new girl in an affluent school and she's being bullied. But just when she's ready to give up, she receives an email from a mysterious Somebody Nobody (SN), offering to help her navigate the complexities of school and social life. Jessie was reluctant at first to accept SN's offer, but soon their email and IM exchanges becomes her refuge. As she slowly adjusts to her new life, she learns that she is stronger than she thinks and that there is still so much more to look forward to. 3 Things I Love About This Book 1) Believable characters - I've read books wherein the characters either sound younger or older than the age they're supposed to be. But in this book, the teenagers sound like teenagers, and the adults, well, they sound like adults. The story is told from 17-year oldJessie's pov and I like how authentic her "voice" is. Her memories about her mom and how close they were are especially touching, it made me teary-eyed. 2) Email/IM exchanges between Jessie and SN - In the story Jessie receives an email from a person who introduces himself as Somebody Nobody (SN). I enjoyed reading their witty exchanges and how their online relationship develops as the story unfolds. The dialogues in this story are well-written, especially Jessie's poignant internal dialogue that will surely resonate with readers. I wish I had an SN back in high school, could've used that type of friendship. 3) The story - Overall, this is a well-written novel with an interesting plot and sub plots that will keep readers hooked until the end. It's a story about loss, grief, family, friendship, first love, and ultimately, finding the strength to move forward. Heartbreaking and at the same time heartwarming, Tell Me Three Things is a story that reminds us that we are all flawed, perhaps even damaged in some way by our circumstances, our experiences. That nobody leaves this world unscathed, and we are all searching for that person, that one person who may not necessarily make us whole, but make us feel less broken. Take note that there is underage drinking, fixation of certain characters about losing the v-card and lack of bullying intervention. But there are also responsible characters, such as Jessie, SN and Dri, so I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Definitely one of my favorites this year. I received an advance reader's copy of this book from the publisher.
1. It is very well wr...
1. It is very well written. How easy it is to become completely immersed in this book as if one was the main character, Jessie Holmes', shadow! The characters develop thoroughly throughout this novel and the setting environment was brief, yet effective. The villain is offensive (as most villains tend to be) but this villain really got under my skin. I could feel the anger, the hurt, the embarrassment, and the desperate attempts at pride that Jessie felt. However, I could feel these emotions without having to go through paragraph after paragraph of regurgitating the same feeling, as can be the case in romances or YA fiction in general. These effectively communicated emotions are balanced with humor and symbolic themes. The most pronounced theme throughout the book was the number 3, which ended up being deeply rooted to Jessie Holmes' family. She was an only child, so it was just the three of them: Jessie and her parents. When she ends up having to move from Chicago to Los Angeles, she eventually forms a new group of friends and the group size is 3: Dri, Agnes, and Jessie. The third example (see what I did there?) of the value of 3 in this book is when Jessie has to choose between three (sort of) love interests. 2. Grief is used as a uniting force. Death isolated some of these characters' lives by robbing them blindly of loved ones and leaving their other loved ones damaged in it's wake. It separated them from others who had not been trespassed on by Death and suddenly family, friends, and acquaintances do not know how to comfort or even communicate with them anymore. On the other hand, those who have been branded by Death's pain can recognize it in others and empathize. It's what united not only Jessie's father and stepmother, but also Jessie and "SN". "SN" being an acronym for "Somebody/Nobody". Somebody who recognized Death's brand on Jessie because this person also had been attacked by Grief yet wanted to remain a Nobody to her and stays anonymous through most of the book. SN reaches out to Jessie in e-mail (and eventually IM) form with helpful hints about the school where Jessie is a new student. Not only has Death isolated her, but she is also isolated by being the new kid at (the very expensive, funded by her stepmother, and private) school and not many are friendly at first. In person, that is. However, with SN's guidance, she befriends Dri who then befriends her by association with Agnes and there, again, is another trifecta. This friendship and her new job at a bookstore slowly build her social life instead of only having to rely on SN and Scarlett, her best friend when she lived in Chicago. 3. When I read the last line of the book, I was giddy. Not only giddy, but eager to start the book all over again, for fun! This book had my inner high-schooler jumping for joy. Partially because of the many book references made in this book, but mostly because Julie Buxbaum captures what every high schooler went through/will go though: growing up. What every high schooler desperately wants yet genuinely fears. Some are forced into growing up through tragedies. Some through the damages caused by others. Some may never accept adulthood. But everyone is forced to attempt it at some point in high school. Jessie experiences pubescent self-consciousness, fear of her future, homesickness, fear of not knowing her place in the world, and difficulty expressing it all. She also finds out the hard way that life keeps moving on and things can never go back to the way they used to be. Pieces of her life do not fit anymore and the hardest part is figuring out what to do, if anything, about it. These are 3, out of many, reasons why I highly recommend this book. I may just re-read it 3 more times this year (probably while eating waffles). For those who may be offended: there is cursing, drug use, underage drinking, bullying, and very brief sexual comments. Please note: A copy of this note was generously provided by Penguin Random House through their First In Line program.
A wonderful combinatio...
A wonderful combination of You've Got Mail and The Breakfast Club. I loved this story of loss and love with a dash of mystery and found it impossible to put down halfway through.
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Jessie is a new girl in a new school in a new town in a new family. Her widowed father has remarried a widow with a teenage son and now suddenly her life is completely uprooted. Then an anonymous student starts sending her messages offering advice on fitting in and a virtual friendship. Along the way Jessie makes some friends, gets a job, deals with the tensions of figuring out her new life, and of course, wonders who her online friend is. The hook is fun, but the messages about bullying, fitting in, making friends, grieving, and learning to love are what make this novel a step above a simple romance.
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