Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

Book - 2016
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Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother's death, must move from Chicago to "The Valley," with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school's treacherous social waters.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553535655
055353565X
9780553535648
0553535641
9780553535679
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Tell me 3 things

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babybluealex
Mar 21, 2018

Can't get over how amazing this book is! It has so much in it that we as teenagers can connect to, sad times, hopeful times, discouraged times, and most of all, RELATABLE times! 100% recommend this! As soon as I picked it up, I couldn't put it down!

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white_shark_329
Jan 05, 2018

I raided my friend's bookshelf for something to read and she recommended this book to me. Thank goodness for her! I loved this book so much that now I want to buy it. I'm not giving any spoilers for those of you that haven't read it, but this book has such an amazing plot that it immediately made it onto my favorite book list! You will find it so hard to put down, and even after you finish you'll want to read it again.

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tvance
Dec 16, 2017

A fun easy read that was entertaining but I had 2 issues with it. The major one: SN being who it was was SUPER predictable. Like, that worked out a little too perfectly. Maybe that's the nature of Y fiction, to wrap things up all nicely, but I would've enjoyed the realistic aspect of SN being a rando who was less perfect than (spoiler) Ethan and made Jessie see someone for who they are on the inside and not fall for their swoon-worthy serial-killer eyes. That's just me.

And second: When she's texting her dad, he matches her (and SN's) tone by USING CAPS FOR EMPHASIS. I can understand doing that with your friends because you're similar and you rub off on each other, but my dad does not know how to text like a teenager. He texts like a dad, which means he usually calls. When Jessie's dad started using the same tone as she and her high school friends, it condensed the voice of the narrative. Like The Waste Land uses many voices in one story, this one had moments where it felt like the undeniably same voice throughout.

Apart from those nitpicky details, it was a generally fun, feel-good read. I might've enjoyed it more if I were still a teenager, so I'm tempted to give the author's non-YA works a try next.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 04, 2017

I had very high expectations for this book, due to a friend's recommendation. Was a good book with an interesting plot that keeps your interest until the end of the book. A very sweet novel that captures all the emotions of Jessie, as she moves to a new place. The secret love interest will keep you guessing throughout the book. Was a tad bit cliche for my liking, however some parts really stood out from other romantic books. The humour and witty comments were a fun addition. Tell Me Three Things was a little unrealistic and sometimes the situations were repetitive. The author develops the characters well and near the end of the book you will feel truly content with Jessie’s character growth along with some of the other characters. Overall, a pretty well written book with good character development, rate four out of five!
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ezapian
Oct 17, 2017

What a wonderful combination of loss, laughs and love- a very real life teenage story! I loved the book.

sarag1 Jul 10, 2017

So I have-- guess how many-- Three Things.
But, sorry to tell, not such great things.

Number 1: Jessie is stupidly annoying. Really??? Just ASSUME that guy is SN?? Is she serious??
Number 2: Ethan is fantastic. HE MEMORIZED POETRY FOR GOD'S SAKE. Gilbert Blythe called and asked for his swoon-worthy persona back. But SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER He and SN are not similar. At all. Ethan never shows his witty, fun, funny, silly side in real life. I can't picture him as SN in actual reality.
END SPOILER
Number 3: SN was everything I wanted for Jessie, happiness and sweetness and funniness. UNTIL. UNTIL. UNTIL.
WHAT IN THE WORLD.
WHO LIKES THE HARRY POTTER MOVIES MORE THAN THE BOOKS. WHO. WHO. WHO.
THE CAST IS AWESOMESAUCE, SURE. EVEN, AS SN POINTS OUT, EMMA WATSON IS AMAZING.
BUT BETTER THAN THE BOOKS????????????? IS THIS SECRETLY THE AUTHOR'S OPINION????? BECAUSE I CAN'T RESPECT A WOMAN WHO THINKS THAT WAY.
And I certainly cannot admire a guy like that.

Otherwise, I got my cheesy fun romance. If I'm being honest, I feel that it started off much better than it ended.
As soon as I started reading, I was drawn in. I don't know what it was. The unique format, maybe? But I didn't want to stop reading. Even when I was angry at Jessie I didn't want to stop because I was looking forward to our finale. But then it was a bit of a let-down. Jessie is not a princess that she can go around playing with Liam and Caleb's hearts.

This sounds a lot harsher than the emotions I'm really feeling. Don't freak. I don't hate it. In fact it gets three stars!! I'm just a bit grumpy today.

Cynthia_N Apr 03, 2017

Such a neat little story! I like the idea of telling someone three things as a way to get to know somebody but as a parent I think if an unknown person were talking to my teen by text I would not be happy!

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jac523
Mar 12, 2017

A really cute romantic read! Loved the anonymous email idea and the fact that there was some more depth to this story in addition to the romance. Friendship, grief, and fitting in were all themes that played a big part, giving this something more than a light and fluffy feel.

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Bookworm_64
Feb 16, 2017

This book reminded me so much of the movie 'You've got Mail'. The way the characters changed/acted was very realistic and felt relatable. Although it was slightly predictable, it was still a good story nonetheless. I definitely think it was a worthwhile read and that it was very enjoyable.

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ReaderErin
Jan 28, 2017

Overall I enjoyed this story. The way that Julie dealt with loss was very real, as was her moving and having to start completely over. I was able to figure out who the anonymous person was about half way through the book, but then again after that I was also always trying to make sure who I thought it was was correct and it wasn't actually someone else.

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white_shark_329
Jan 05, 2018

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ReaderErin
Jan 28, 2017

“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.”

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