Tell Me Three Things By Julie Buxbaum | Book Review

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“Perfect days are for people with small, realizable dreams. Or maybe for all of us, they just happen in retrospect; they’re only now perfect because they contain something irrevocably and irretrievably lost.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I was planning to go to the bookstore last week, and buy a bunch of books, but I couldn’t, because life got in the way, as always. I swear, it’s like the more you grow up, the busier you are. I know, being an adult is hard. Anyways, I was really in the mood to read a cute contemporary book last week, so I chose Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. Okay, I admit it, cute book covers are absolutely my weakness. No wonder I couldn’t resist myself and spent the whole night reading it. I mean, who doesn’t like heart shaped waffles! Just to be clear, my choice of books doesn’t depend on how pretty the book cover is. I did that many times, and I was really disappointed. But, sometimes I just can’t really help myself. Without much rambling, let’s start our book review!

This book follows the story of a girl named Jessie, who’s her mother died two years ago. After all this time, Jessie is still struggling to accept the bitter truth, because she’s been counting the days of her mother’s death. When her father marries a wealthy woman he met online, and decide to move on to LA in her huge luxurious house, Jessie’s life is flipped upside down. Leaving her town, her school, and her best friend Scarlet isn’t really easy for her. Because of how rich her stepmother is, she decides to register Jessie at Wood Valley High School. Jessie feels like a complete stranger in that fancy school. And Talking to her father is out of the question, because she feels so furious at him for making her life choices without taking her opinion first, so she has no one to talk to, except herself. Even her stepbrother Theo is sort of mean to her. However, everything changes when Jessie receives a message from an anonymous sender who call themselves S/N ‘Somebody/Nobody’. S/N offers to tell her everything about Wood Valley High School and talk to her if she needs someone to talk to. But, Jessie doesn’t know if she should trust this person. She has no idea if this person is a boy or a girl, or if this is a planned scheme from someone who hates her and want to ruin her life forever. After much contemplation, she thought it would be nice to have someone who would really talk to her every day. Even though Jessie’s relationship with S/N has become tighter and more honest, she really wishes she could know the identity of this anonymous person. So, Will Jessie gets the chance to finally meet S/N in real life?

First of all, let’s talk about the writing style. It’s simple, fast paced, funny, and it’s very quotable, which is my favorite thing about books. I just didn’t like it when Jessie was counting the days of her mother’s death, because nothing makes me confused than numbers. Second of all, the characters. Most of them had lost someone in their life, Which I think grief is the connection between all of them that brought them closer to each other. At the beginning of the book, Theo and Jessie weren’t talking to each other, but when Theo talked about his dad, and Jessie talked about her mother, they actually started getting along. The characters felt so real to me, because they were imperfectly perfect. Lastly, the end of the book is pleasing, because everything is solved and we get to know the identity of S/N. Even though the book deals with some serious problems, it’s an insightful and enjoyable read.



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