Julie Buxbaum’s YA debut, Tell Me Three Things, may be one of the most popular young adult contemporary reads this year. We all know what it’s like to have our world turned upside down; that’s exactly what happens to Jessie, our heroine, whose mother dies. Jessie’s father elopes with a woman he met online, leaving her with a step-monster (oh, I meant stepmother). And now Jessie has to attend a super-intimidating Los Angeles prep school, Wood Valley High School, on the other side of the country. Jessie’s new step-monster has a teenage son to top it off, who is not interested in helping her adjust to her new life in the least.
When Jessie is just about ready to give up and head back to Chicago, she gets help from an anonymous source who calls themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN). SN emails her and offers to be her lifeline at Wood Valley High School. Is someone out to get Jessie, or can she truly rely on what seems to be her only ally in life? Will Jessie ever be able to call Los Angeles home?
This is such a funny, relatable book, and a quick read. Plenty of characters and a great storyline will keep you hooked to the end. Tell Me Three Things is a definite addition to your shelf this spring.
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