- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (5 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553535641
- ISBN-13: 978-0553535648
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tell Me Three Things Hardcover – 5 Apr 2016
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"Here are three things about this book: (1) It's sweet and funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you'll be very happy you read it." Jennifer E. Smith, author of Th"e Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
"The desire to find out whether Jessie's real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep [readers] turning the pages as quickly as possible."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred
"A heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change." "Kirkus Reviews
"Buxbaum's debut is hard to put down because of its smooth and captivating text. The addition of virtual conversations through email and chatting adds to the exciting plot twist."--"SLJ"
"Buxbaum adds layered plotlines about grief, family, and the confusion and hardships of growing up, all with a touch of humor and romance. A solid YA debut."--"Booklist""
"Here are three things about this book: (1) It's sweet and funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you'll be very happy you read it."--Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
"The desire to find out whether Jessie's real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep [readers] turning the pages as quickly as possible."--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"A heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change."--Kirkus Reviews
"Buxbaum's debut is hard to put down because of its smooth and captivating text. The addition of virtual conversations through email and chatting adds to the exciting plot twist."--SLJ
"Buxbaum adds layered plotlines about grief, family, and the confusion and hardships of growing up, all with a touch of humor and romance. A solid YA debut."--Booklist
-Here are three things about this book: (1) It's sweet and funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you'll be very happy you read it.---Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
-The desire to find out whether Jessie's real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep [readers] turning the pages as quickly as possible.---Publishers Weekly, Starred
-A heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change.---Kirkus Reviews
-Buxbaum's debut is hard to put down because of its smooth and captivating text. The addition of virtual conversations through email and chatting adds to the exciting plot twist.---SLJ
-Buxbaum adds layered plotlines about grief, family, and the confusion and hardships of growing up, all with a touch of humor and romance. A solid YA debut.---Booklist
About the Author
1. JULIE BUXBAUM is the author of the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You, and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Tell Me Three Things is her first novel for young adults. 2. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish. 3. Julie once received an anonymous email, which inspired Jessie's story.
Visit Julie online at juliebuxbaum.com and follow @juliebux on Twitter, where she doesn't list everything in groups of three.
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Honestly, I believe this will forever float in my top 5 all-time favourites just because it is memorable and brings out the sweet-sixteen feeling I had in my teens.
“In the Venn diagram of my life, my imagined personality and my real personality have never converged. Over email and text, though, I am given those few additional beats I need to be the better, edited version of myself. To be that girl in the glorious intersection.”
I love a good YA, despite my forty-two years of age. When a YA is done well, age is just a number and the story has the capacity to transport you back to your teens and this is what Julie Buxbaum did. This book was the perfect balance of emotion, banter and wit and with poetic prose that keeps those pages turning you will find yourself turning the last page before you know it or want it.
“Maybe home doesn’t have to be a place.”
Jessie’s mother died two years ago, she thought that was the worst of it, but her father drops a doozie, he has eloped, got married and now they need to pack their bags and move to Chicago to move into the home of her step-mother and her son. Leaving the home she loves and her friends behind Jessie is despondent especially when she sees what a far cry from her norm her step-mothers home really is.
“One of the worst parts about someone dying is thinking back to all those times you didn’t ask the right questions, all those times you stupidly assumed you’d have all the time in the world. And this too: how all that time feels like not much time at all. What’s left feels like something manufactured. The overexposed ghosts of memories.”
With a mansion, a fancy private school, a pain in the arse step brother and a step mother that just keeps trying Jessie feels like one tiny little fish in an ocean of posh, entitled sharks.Read more ›
This is a young adult book and it is very teen focused. The reason I picked it up is that I've read and LOVED Julie Buxbaum's first two books. She has a fantastically witty and engaging writing style. I want her to be my best friend. I've been hanging out for her new book and young adult or not, there was no way I wasn't going to read it.
The verdict? I thought the premise sounded kind of lame but it won me over almost immediately and I tore through this very happily. Yes it is definitely more "young" than "adult", but it's loaded with romcom charm and the ending will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
I see in the author biography that Julie Buxbaum has two children. I would love to see her mine the territory of motherhood and school dynamics, as Liane Moriarty does so well. Fingers crossed.
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What called me to Tell Me Three Things was the fact that, yes, it's sure to be a cute and fluffy contemporary that's sure to hit the spot. But it also just happens to have a premise with major You've Got Mail elements, and if that's not compelling then I don't know what is. So when the eBook was on super sale I snatched it up, and not too much time later I picked the book (well, my Kindle) up and decided to see if it was as sweet and delicious as three heart-shaped waffles. And it kinda was.
Tell Me Three Things immediately pulled me in--and I mean pulled me in--from page one, which starts right off with Jessie's emails and introduction to Somebody/Nobody, aka SN. SN knows who Jessie is--he or she did, in fact, email her--but Jessie hasn't the faintest clue who SN is, except that he or she goes to her school and can tell that she's lost--and wants to help her find her way. What ensues is a series of correspondences between Jessie and SN that are sweet and funny and honest and utter perfection, and if I'm being completely honest? I would and could read an entire book that's composed entirely of their messages.
But somewhere along the way that great beginning started to wane off. The messages were still present, but the rest of the story wasn't quite as interesting and didn't do as well with piquing my interest. Jessie (unwillingly) moves to California after her widowed father marries another widow, and Jessie gains a rather unexpected new stepmother, stepbrother, and finds herself living in a whole new world. With the exception of SN--whose identity we are kept guessing at (and I was right, thank gosh)--the majority of the secondary characters felt a little flat. They needed just a bit more dimension to really be there and have presence and feel real. (For example, there's a potential love interest and a best friend who just didn't do much for me and they probably should have. There was one particular character who floated my boat, aside from SN. But I won't tell you who, except that he wears like the same thing every day.) I wouldn't say it's a bad thing that the messages were my favorite part, but it's not necessarily a good thing that few things were as interesting.
The real and actual best part of Tell Me Three Things was the ending, which was one of the cutest and most adorable endings ever. I loved and adored it. I just wish everything in this book was on the same cute and fun and sweet level, because instead I'm left with like one really good homemade waffle and a couple frozen waffles that are just okay. I needed parts of the story and the characters to be less like outlines and to be filled in and given dimension so that they'd actually feel like bigger parts of the book. But those messages and that ending and that ship. Ah. So waffle-ful.
Jessie is very relatable in just the way she presents herself. Being shy myself, and having to start over at a new school (multiple times) I felt for her. High school is mean and people just suck all the way around. But for the current situation she's in, she handles it pretty well (better than I would have). Dad says he is going on a business trip and then comes back married? I would have flipped. Like, huge tantrum, yelling, flipped out. But Jessie carefully composes herself and tries to go along with whatever life brings her. Of course on the inside she has all her turmoil and anger built up but I mean if she didn't, she wouldn't be human.
I loved the diction in the story and how you could really connect with the main character. You were literally inside her head and I lost count on how many times I would laugh out loud at the jokes, have an "awh" moment, or shed a few tears. You weren't just told a story, you lived it out with Jessie.
SN is probably my favorite person ever. I wish I had a cute guy anonymously message me and give me tips on school, who to friend, and just have someone to talk to when I moved states. Probably would have saved me a whole lot of trouble. SN is everyone's dream guy and as you flip through the pages you have the same anxious feeling like Jessie does, to figure out who it is. And believe me when you find out, you'll be pleasantly and happily surprised.
This book at first glance looked to be a cute story with a pretty cover but turned out to be SO much more.
I wish I could just make everyone I met read this book so they could have the same bubbly feeling I had when reading it.
I LOVED this book. The only thing I didn't like was that it had to end and, in fact, I forced myself to stop reading several times because I didn't want to finish. Jessie was so unbelievably real and likeable and I felt every emotion right along with her - humiliation at being bullied, grief over losing her mom, awkwardness over just being, well, awkward, and infatuated/falling for the boys in her life. I thought the language and subject matter was appropriate for the age group - not too sophisticated but not at all dumbed down. And I knew that the author had to have experienced loss because some things you just can't describe that well if you've never been there. I thought Jessie was reading my mind sometimes when she talked about mourning someone she loved.
At this point, I am convinced that I would one-click dinosaur porn if Julie Buxbaum wrote it.
I loved Jessie's relationship and non-relationship with her step family. She is so wonderfully teen-ager-y. I love that she is bullied and we get to watch her deal with it. She gets mad at her dad and acts exactly like a teenager would. She just has so much going for her as a character.
SN is just the cutest. The helpful hints provided at the beginning of their relationship becomes compliments and emotional support. I loved how the author kept us guessing SN's identity until the end. Even though the reader has favorites and so does Jessie, SN could reasonably be one of three people and still make a great story.
Again, this story was just so fantastic.
Plus, I learned some cool kid-lingo and messaging abbreviations. And, I want to know why we say "unequivocally" so much more often than "equivically"?