Sunday, January 8, 2017

Book Review: Tell Me Three Things

Title Tell Me Three Things
Author Julie Buxbaum
Release Date April 5, 2016

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.

Originally, I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy this book. Nothing about the blurb really drew me in. It sounds fine enough really, but it didn't grab me and demand that I read it. There are tons of good reviews on Goodreads, though. Plus, it was on sale at the time. What did I have to lose?

Tell Me Three Things was fine. That's just it. It wasn't fantastic and it wasn't horrible. Nothing stood out about the story or the writing, good or bad. After all the really good reviews, I was let down.

The book just wasn't what I expected. The first few pages of the book felt familiar. Had I read a sample of the book before? Was it just reminding me of a different, but similar book? I'm not sure, but it didn't bode well for what was to come. I felt bored throughout most of the book, but I kept reading to confirm that I knew who Somebody/Nobody was (I was right). I found myself skimming a lot, especially towards the end. To top it all off, if there was supposed to be some cute wit and humor in here somewhere, I didn't find it.


2 out of 5 stars

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