Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: 5 April 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young AdultContemporary
Source: Galley from Penguin Random House (Thank you!)
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?
The thing is, Jessie does need 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?
Hello everyone! Welcome again to another PRH Global Blog Tour. If you've known already, we're touring Tell Me Three Things by the lovely and uber kind Julie Buxbaum.
Note: I received an ARC from PRH International for review purposes, as well as for the tour. Every opinion stated are solely mine.
Jessie Holmes is a junior student who lost her mom at a young age. Her dad eloped with a woman he met online and took her across the country to LA to live there with her stepmonster and her overly pretentious stepbrother. Everything about her life, she left in Chicago, including her best friend. School started and a mysterious person who introduced themselves as Somebody/Nobody or simply SN offered to help her navigate Wood Valley High School. She's got no one to turn to and SN was there to help her with everything. Talking about what to do and not to do at school, turned to be an everyday routine for the two. And soon, Jessie wanted to meet SN in person.
Tell Me Three Things is a very fluffy, light, and cute story that I encourage everyone to read. It's thought-provoking, funny, tragic, full of love and it's simply life in a nutshell. It's very beautiful that I needed a second time reading it and I just can't get over everything. Every word, every event in the story, is stuck in my mind like chewing gum. I swear it to you guys you must, I repeat, you must read this immediately. I highly recommend this one. Wow.
So this stellar novel, stars Jessie Holmes, a junior who not so long ago lost her mother. Her dear dad eloped with the woman he met online and soon she was forced to move across the country to live with them plus the pretentious teenage stepbrother. This is like a very movie-ish setting. Jessie experienced a very tragic event in her early life and I know how hard it is, not that I experienced the same thing. Kids these days are lucky because some still has complete families while others aren't. Jessie is like other normal kids and at the same time isn't. I like her just as she is, like every other kid, like not every other kid. Strong, independent woman. But lonely inside.
SN is another thing. I loved this duo (SN and Jessie) especially when I'm reading and these conversations of the two that eventually pops up. I'm like, showing this "kilig" moments. OMG and the three things they share at every beginning of their conversations. It's like watching these two people grow and get to know each other well and wow I feel like a mother to these two. I am so proud of them. And I'm soo proud of SN for emailing Jessie because she got to open up with SN and tell her how she feels, what she feels like saying, and things like that. She opened up herself for SN and I'm like awwww. That was just the cutest thing!
And there was Scar, Jessie's BFF. I don't feel her at first, because she was just an IM in the early and middle parts. But she's funny and I like that about her, never going for the drama but killing it with laughter. I kind of hated her when she and Jessie were reunited together again for a short time. She was overly bitching Jessie's presence. Not that I can't help it but Jessie left her. It was a love-hate thing and during their reunion I can't help but to love her even more in that short time. I liked her character, even though short, because she kind of delivered this transition of hate and love, and dazed and confused, and scared and confident. She's very human in the sense of reality. She might just be my favorite character in this novel, apart from SN, that is.
Overall, the story was beautiful and tragic, and somehow funny. Tackles so much about high school life and teenage issues (eg. Bullying) and there's so many life lessons to learn. Julie Buxbaum captured my heart in this cute and emotionally-charged novel. Dear readers, be ready for this book. It will definitely melt your stone-hard hearts.
Julie and I will be giving away two copies of Tell Me Three Things to two lucky readers!
-One Signed Copy of Tell Me Three Things (US only)
-One Finished copy of Tell Me Three Things + Swag Pack (PH Only)
Terms and Conditions:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
- Open to US and PH only.
- You will be disqualified and all of your entries will be void if you've submitted entries you haven't done. As much as possible, I don't want anyone to be disqualified, so please be honest.
- Winner must respond withing 48 hours or else another winner will be chosen.
- Must be 18 years of age or older to join, or must have the parent's consent to join.
- Contest will run until 17th May 2016
- I and Julie will not be liable for any lost items in the mail.
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