Tell Me Three Things

by Julie Baxbaum

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?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Rebekah rated it ★★★★★ and said “Confession: I borrowed this ARC from my coworker because I’m a sucker for YA chick lit with cute food on the cover.

“Further confession: I am in LOVE.

“I devoured this book in a day. I loved the characters and the story. The prose was pleasurable to read. The dialogue felt natural, like you were sitting with your best friends at lunch. In short, I fell head-over-heels.

“It wasn’t just fun to read, but also relatable, whether you’ve suffered a loss, ever been the new kid, or even just been a teenager in love.

“My one caveat for my more conservative friends: I don’t think I would have been entirely comfortable reading this book when I was still a teen myself. The periodic innuendo is a little too frank for my taste, even now. Still, my love of this book remains undiminished and I am determined to own my own copy. This is one I want to read again!”

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