{Review} "Tell me three things"

Title: Tell me three things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Ember
Pages: 328


Jessie has just started her junior year at an ultra-intimidating LA prep school where she knows no one except from her stepmother's pretentious teenage son. Just when she's thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago - to her friends who understand she's still grieving the death of her mother - 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.
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?

My opinion

Tell me three things:  I will tell you three things:

(1) I know, starting with a negative point isn't the best, when the impression of the book shouldn't be bad. But because this is annoying me so much I just have to say it first: It is sooooooooo... obvious who SN is. I thought about why the author would write something so evidently and it came to my mind that Julie Buxbaum maybe intended on making it so blatant that people would think 'Okay, it actually can't be him. I mean, that is too obvious, right?'. But come on girl! You surely could have done much better! This obviousness is actually the main thing that got on my nerves. 
And to all those people who haven't found out who SN is after at the latest of two-thirds of the book: Are you sure you are reading this book? Because it doesn't seem like you pay any attention to what is written there!
Something I also want to address is the fact that Jessie thinks she knows who SN is and out of the sudden she feels an attraction to this boy. Am I the only one thinking this is a little weird?
(2) Sometimes Julie Buxbaum expounds the story a little stereotypical. It's always the slim, blond bitches bullying the new girl who isn't as rich and pretty as they are.
(3) Now let's talk about the good things of the book: I like the writing style of Julie Buxbaum because it is casual and easy. Furthermore, I like that the book is not extremely cheesy because there are too many books exaggerating at this point. I also fancy the storyline, because it shows falling for someone doesn't correlate with looks, but with the personality.

Tell me three things: I will tell you a fourth thing:

(4) Here in Salzburg (where I live, if someone doesn't know that) SN stands for 'Salzburger Nachrichten', which means 'Salzburg's News'. And reading SN in the book and writing it in this review always made me giggle inside.


Overall, I liked the idea of the book, but I think there are some points that could have easily been improved.
So, I give the book 3 out of 5 infinities of books

Yours, Ju


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