Published by: Delacorte Press on April 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
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?
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?
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: I couldn’t stop reading it. So good!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Anyone who knows me knows that Contemporary YA is one of the hardest genres for me to get into. I just can’t seem to connect to the characters, the romance is off, and the plot just doesn’t move the way I like. I kind of made my peace with the notion that this just wasn’t the genre for me. That is, until I read this book. Don’t get me wrong, there have been other contemps in the past that have struck a chord with me, but they’re few and far between. I honestly can’t remember the last contemp I read that I really enjoyed as much as I did this book.
Tell Me Three Things sounded so intriguing, but I’ve been fooled before. Imagine my surprise when the book not only grabbed my attention from the very beginning, but that it also kept my attention and had me getting all ragey because there were moments where I had to put it down to, you know, work and take care of the kids. Ugh!
There isn’t really anything all that epic about the book, but the story and the characters were just plain awesome. I really liked Jessie. She’s a bit shy and insecure, but in a likable way. She didn’t come off as naive and annoying as some characters with this personality and situation tend to be. Sometimes they get too whiney for me and I just can’t connect to them. Jessie was the exception. The emotions and struggles were there, but they weren’t too encompassing and tragic in a way that I wouldn’t be able to get, so I really appreciated that. It really was just enough for me to really feel for Jessie without it being over the top.
As for the romance, it’s kind of obvious who the mystery guy is. It’s pretty typical, but that didn’t make me like it any less. It was fun seeing Jessie try to figure it out and wondering when he would reveal himself. And the secondary characters were just as awesome. There were moments where some of them worked my nerves, but in a good way, if you can believe that. They helped to push Jessie’s story along and realize that sometimes change, although scary and jarring at first, can be a good thing.
If you’re like me and not a big fan of this genre, I seriously urge you to give this book a try. It will have you hooked from start to finish. And if you’re already a big reader in this genre, you’ll want to get your hands on this book as soon as it’s out. A truly excellent book that I’d be more than happy to add to my shelves. Well done!