REVIEW: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Guess who’s back,

Back again,

Defne’s back,

Tell a friend 👋

“Defne, where have you been?!” Well, let me tell you where I have been for the past, what, 3 months? Hell. 

There isn’t another way to describe these months for me, even though using the word hell may be going a bit too overboard, I feel like during the 16 years that I’ve been gracing the world with my presence (hello), these three months have been the worst I’ve ever seen. From school, hectic schedules, extracurricular activities and trying to balance every little thing with my flimsy little arms to friendship problems and confusing boys, I’m pretty sure I’m internally dead right now. 

And where does reading belong to in all of this? N o w h e r e. I was only able to read, like, 3 books or something in the last 3 months and I’m sure one of them was a school book that I was forced to finish. I finished reading We Were Never Here, and its review is on Goodreads but other than that, nope, not one page.

Still, here I am, with a brand new review, after a 3-month hiatus! Let the party start!!


Title:  Tell Me Three Things

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 9780553535648

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: “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?”

2 years after her mom’s death, Julie is quite literally forced to move to Los Angeles and live with her father’s new wife -whom he met online and got married in, what, 3 days?- This change is sudden, too sudden and unexpected. Julie comes from a middle-class family, she  is used to working after school at Smoothie King with her best friend, not spending money on iced coffee because why pay five dollars on coffee when you can make it at home for free?

This is why she finds it hard to adjust to life in LA, her new “stepmonster” is loaded, their house is practically a mansion and she goes to a prep school with lots and lots of rich kids. It all sounds glamorous but there is one thing that manages to overshadow the beauty of moving to the city of angels: After his wife’s death, Julie’s dad became pretty distant and just as everything was about to turn alright, Rachel, the stepmom, came into the picture and stole him away, leaving only Julie’s best friend Scarlett there for Julie. So when the move becomes certain, it is like Julie’s leaving the one thing that is keeping her sane.

“I am as lost and confused and alone as I have ever been.”

I’m going to keep this review short, mainly because there isn’t much to say about it, I found it to be great as it is and I also finished this book in about a month so I don’t really remember the beginning of it *grimaces*

I thought the relationships between SN and Julie was so cute, though I found how they got really close in just under a month or so a bit unbelievable but I’m guessing it was because Julie had no friends at WV High School and was bound to let someone be her first friend at one point, maybe the loneliness let her know that it was safe to confide in SN.

What I have to add is that predicting who SN was quite easy, or maybe it was just me.

“Sometimes, when Scarlett says I’m strong, I think she really means I’m numb.”

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I got Scarlett’s point when a certain thing happened. Still, I wish she would be more understanding about Julie’s situation. I’m definitely not saying that she didn’t have a point, but still, there are better ways of telling these things to your best friend. And Julie definitely should have been more considerate of the other party’s feelings when texting as you can’t always talk about your problems. Nevertheless, I’m really happy that they managed to forgive each other.

One thing that I would like to see is a closure between Rachel and Julie’s dad, or at least a snippet on what happened to them.

You can read this book whenever you want, in my opinion, but it works especially well if you are in a reading slump. The plot is not too hard to grasp, it’s a contemporary romance and it is easy to read it in one sitting, at least that’s what I did.

Overall, I think it was a really cute book, even though the romance in it was not to-die-for, it still was something. Tell Me Three Things was quite literally my savior because it was there right when I needed all of the things it had: friendship, romance, 50% family and a pinch of mystery.

Where to Buy: Amazon // Book Depository


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