Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

by Julie Buxbaum


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A New York Times Bestseller

What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?

Funny and romantic, this tug-at-your-heartstrings contemporary YA debut is perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. 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.

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?

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?

“Three Things about this novel: (1) I loved it. (2) No, really, I LOVED it. (3) I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaum’s book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and Off the Page

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553535679
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 11,890
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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 and follow @juliebux on Twitter, where she doesn’t list everything in groups of three.

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Tell Me Three Things 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't make myself put this book down no matter how late it got, where I had to go, what I had to do, I just wanted to get back to the book and see what happened next. Anyone whose ever started over, lost someone, felt alone, or wanted to know what it's like, read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pain, discovery, mystery, and love all wrapped up in this tale. Truly an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a cute book. It starts of explaining how Jessie lost her mother and her whole life changes, but with this change came several things/people added. And then leads to the one person she was closest too - SN. It got to a point where I could not put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally worth 5stars! You should totally read this book it is so good!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was one of the best book I have read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I didn't hear about this one until the book was already out and by then I saw that everyone was giving it 5 stars or higher and by then I was fearful of the book. As a contemp lover its pretty hard to get a 5 star from me. But when I noticed it was available on Overdrive, I downloaded it immediately. And I'm so glad I did. Jessie's dad has gotten re-married... To someone he met on the internet a mere two years after her mother died. Then Jessie is "forced" to move to her step-mother's house and to a school where she feels one hundred percent out of place. But then she gets an e-mail from an anonymous source.... She doesn't know if she can trust them, but she goes out on a limb and they become fast friends. Will meeting SN be a good idea or will it mess up what they've built? The main reason this got just an ok rating from me was because of Jessie. She seemed so selfish. It was like everything had to be about her. I admit it should've been about her with one person, but with others, there was more than just her. I was glad someone finally let her know it wasn't all about her. As for the "mystery" I enjoyed it! I was torn between thinking it was pretty cute and sweet that this person was doing this for her, but then I got incredibly annoyed that they still wouldn't tell her when things took a turn for the worse. But the big reveal made it ok. Because I thought it was hilarious how it all played out. Since the romance was mainly the mystery part, I will say that I was happy with the person it turned out to be. I knew who it was almost all along. But it was still cute to see how it all played out. This book didn't live up to the hype for me, but it did make for a super good contemp with some great swoony parts. I can't wait to see what else Buxbaum has in store for her readers!
Bookyogi 17 days ago
I really liked this book. It provides all the feelings. From the first email from Somebody/Nobody (SN for short) I know his character is going to be a favorite. While SN identity is supposed to be secret until the near end, hints give it away early on. But still, this book is a solid 4 star read. I would love to see what happens next…
Anonymous 11 months ago
If your a girl and love reading love stories and mysteries then this is the book for you. Honestly, it only took me two days to finish this book and you will be so surprised when you finish it. I recommend that every teenage girl read this book!
Anonymous 11 months ago
It was just a spectacular book! I recommend this fun read to anyon who has time to spare.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“Perfect days are for people with small, realizable dreams. Or maybe for all of us, they just happen in retrospect; they're only now perfect because they contain something irrevocably and irretrievably lost.” Book Info Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Number of Pages: 328 Perspective: First Location: Los Angeles, CA Tell Me Three Things is about Jessie, a teenage girl who moves from Chicago to Los Angeles when her dad gets remarried two years after her mother’s death. She gets anonymous emails from someone at her school who offers her mentorship in navigating the tricky dynamics of her new prep school. Book Review TL;DR: Must-read story about young love, moving across the country, and overcoming grief. Rating: 5/5 Full Review: Go to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly one of the best books I've read. I was in tears leading up to the last few pages, I almost stopped reading altogether because I really didn't want it to end. Granted I'm a huge sap and overdramatic, this was the perfect book to fill my over-attached heart. I didn't want to stop reading and when I did have to put the book down I was thinking about the book and wondering what would happen next and coming up with my own theories. This book made me so happy but also very sad that it came to end. Despite knowing the ending to mystery I will probably be reading this book over and over again. I desperately wish there was a second book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a long way past "young adult" but I really enjoyed this book! Well written - I'll look for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, real-feeling characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, not a terrible book. The story was emotional, strong and well thought out. The plot was interesting and the conversations between SN and Jessie were pure and fun and a lot of the time real and deep. It was an interesting concept and I thoroughly enjoyed the messages shared between them. A couple things that brought the overall rating down for me: the narrative dragged on at times, quite a bit. Obviously, this is a personal preference and this is just how the author writes, and there's nothing wrong with that. Every author has a different writing style. It wasn't necessarily bad, just not my cup of tea. Another thing that made the book a downer for me was how predictable it was. I didn't want to be able to see what was coming, but I managed to figure out who SN was after only a few of their conversations. I wasn't surprised like I wanted to be. I guess I like more drama with unlikely outcomes than what you would normally expect, so again, this is more of a personal preference. I give this book a rating of three because although I had fun reading it at times, there were more parts that bored me. I do, however, recommend this for anyone looking for a cheesy type of romance novel (as long as you are okay reading about death). A cute book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing read! I would read it over and over again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seven hundred and thirty days after my mom died, forty five days after my dad eloped with a stranger he met on the internet, thirty days after we then up and moved to Californis, and only seven days after starting as a junior at a brand new school where I know approximately no one, an email arrives. Which would be weird, an anonymous letter just popping up like that in my in box, signed with bizzare alias Somebody Nobody, no less, xcept my life has become unrecongnizable lately so nothingbfeellika shock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just felt like it was cliche
JDanow More than 1 year ago
I’ve been in a book slump since I read Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino back in May. I’ve read other books but none have grabbed me and made me fall in love with the characters. Every time I picked up another book I would hope and wonder if this was the book that was going to give me all the feels. Was this the book that would pull me out of my slump? Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum was that book. I related so much with Jessie. Like Jessie I too had recently lost my mom. I too counted the days she had been gone; now I count by years. Jessie’s life has been turned upside down and she’s unable to find her way out. She’s thrust into a new environment and forced to try and make new friends. Her saving grace is Somebody Nobody and anonymous classmate that emails Jessie and says he will help her navigate her way through her new school. Liam, Theo, and Ethan are all amazing in their own ways. Liam the rocker/jock who befriends Jessie when she least expects it. Theo her dramatic, but secretly sweet step-brother. Finally, Ethan, the brooding, book reading, batman t-shirt wearing mysterious guy that can’t seem to stay out of Jessie’s head. All the characters when put together make up the special recipe for an amazing book. The character development is on point, the dialogue moves the story along and adds to the plot. The characters are relatable and they give you all the feels. I cried right along with Jessie as she worked through her mother’s death, and all the changes in her life. I cheered for her successes and laughed with all their jokes. The only thing this book was missing for me was… more. More story, more feels. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these amazing characters. I didn’t want to come back to Iowa where it’s -35 outside, I wanted to stay in sunny LA with all my new friends. If you’re looking for a quick read that will give you the feels and leave you wanting more than I suggest you pick this book up. It’s not something you’ll regret. Give yourself a chance to fall in love with these characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum: I loved this book. The characters were diverse and I loved the main character especially. I liked how she made each character have their own struggles, which set them apart but also brought them together. The whole time I kept guessing and trying to figure out who SN was, and I was happy with who it turned out to be. It was a great book that I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes teen romance and a cute, mysterious story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum: I loved this book. The characters were diverse and I loved the main character especially. I liked how she made each character have their own struggles, which set them apart but also brought them together. The whole time I kept guessing and trying to figure out who SN was, and I was happy with who it turned out to be. It was a great book that I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes teen romance and a cute, mysterious story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book multiple times but it still doesn't get old :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. It was honestly great. As the author implemented part of herself into the story as well. Being the reader I am, I stayed up all night because I was on the edge of my seat because I wanted to finish it so bad ?. This was worth the $10 trust me. ?