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“Tell Me Three Things” by Julie Buxbaum. Reviewed by Solano County Teen, Zara Jackson

TELL ME THREE THINGS book review by Zara Jackson

Book: Tell Me Three Things

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Reviewer: Zara Jackson, 9th Grade

Jessie Holmes, a junior who just transferred to Wood Valley High School, is having trouble adjusting from her old life in Chicago to her new one in LA. When her dad broke the news that they’d be moving in with her new rich stepmother Rachel, she was devastated to have to leave her best friend, Scarlett, behind. When she moves, a mysterious Somebody Nobody emails her, giving her advice about the new school. Since SN won’t reveal themselves, Jessie takes it upon herself to find out who this is.

Julie Buxbaum, the author of Tell Me Three Things, perfectly symbolizes the struggles of losing a family member in her writing. The excellent portrayal of a teenage girl who feels alone is so amazing it’s almost like she’s real. The imagery she uses ties the story together, from the lavish descriptions of Los Angeles to the homey feel of a bookstore she also incorporates. Each of the Wood Valley students has such a beautifully written character, and any teen who is struggling with loss or stress should read this book so they know they’re not alone!


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