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Tell Me Three ThingsWhat if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?  
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?

Being a huge contemporary fan, I was really excited to give Tell Me Three Things a try. Both the concept of the romance originating online and the setting being in LA (I’m from there myself) really intrigued me. Tell Me Three Things met all of my expectations and definitely stands out in the contemporary genre. This is one I’m looking forward to recommending to anyone looking for a cute contemporary that has a deeper side! 

Jessie, the main character, is moving to LA after her dad remarries. I had so much respect for the way she handled the situation because, although her dad basically sprung his remarriage and their subsequent moving on her out of nowhere, she was relatively mature about the situation. She might have sulked, but she didn’t really take out her anger on her stepmom or stepbrother. She was a reasonable and definitely likable character! Her experience at the prep school was interesting, especially since it led the way for SN to start emailing her. I loved their convos so much! I feel like the fact that the relationship buildup for 95% of the novel was solely based around the conversations Jessie had with SN was a great touch. It made the romance more unique, and the buildup to the reveal of who SN actually was was awesome. 

One slight problem I had with this book was the depiction of LA. Being from there, I was probably a bit too nitpicky but the way certain people and the vibe of certain places were represented just didn’t seem to be that realistic to me. It seemed to be that the stereotypes of what LA is like were depicted, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. However, it didn’t impact my overall enjoyment of the novel too much.

This book is definitely a quick read. I’d give Tell Me Three Things 4.5 out of 5 flowers. The writing style is really great and I’m looking forward to reading anything else Julie Buxbaum may write :) 


  1. Sounds like a really good contemporary romance! I've not read a good one in a while so this is a timely review from your, Montana. :)

  2. This sounds like a good read. I'm especially intrigued of Jessie's online relationship with SN.. I definitely would love to give this a try. Great review! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project


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