Jessie Holmes’ entire world has flipped upside down. Things have never been the same between Jessie and her dad since her mother died six years ago, but never did she imagine ending up where they are today. Her father has remarried a rich woman in Los Angeles, where Jessie and her dad move to at the start of her junior year of high school. Here, Jessie attends Wood Valley High School, a prestigious, expensive school where everybody seems to be spoiled brats. Despite these circumstances, Jessie still manages to make friends- and enemies too. But it seems the only person at Wood Valley that understands her is someone she doesn’t even know, Somebody/Nobody. Since her very first day at school, Somebody/Nobody has been sending her anonymous emails guiding Jessie through her life at Wood Valley. Jessie spends her days chatting with Somebody/Nobody, keeping in touch with her best friend from home and crushing on a rocker boy who has a knack for literature. Read Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum to follow along as Jessie works to uncover Somebody/Nobody’s true identity, finds out how to fix her family, discovers herself, and falls in love.
I loved reading Tell Me Three Things. Immediately, I fell in love with the concept of the story and characters. Many interactions between characters, especially between Somebody/Nobody and Jessie, are told through text messages and emails, which made it seem so much more personal and real. The protagonist, Jessie, is very likeable and as a teenage girl, I could relate to many of her feelings and worries. She is a very strong female character, and I enjoyed how as a teenager, she was still portrayed as complex and capable of dealing with tough situations, such as death. Also, Julie Buxbaum did a fantastic job of creating very complex characters and developing their role over the span of the novel. I could tell that the storyline was very well thought out. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel, and would recommend it to others.