Buxbaum, Julie Tell Me Three Things, 325 pgs. Delacorte Press, 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: R (100 swears; 5 “F”); Mature Content: R; Violence: PG.
Jessie has been uprooted from Chicago by her father who has remarried after Jessie’s mother’s death. They move to Los Angeles in an upscale neighborhood and Jessie feels like she doesn’t fit in. When she starts to get emails from an anonymous student at school they build a relationship and Jessie feels like someone finally understands her. As Jessie settles into her new life, she figures out who she is and starts to realize that life changes can be good.
I enjoyed reading this book because it wasn’t just a teen romance, it also dealt with issues like losing a parent. There are laugh out loud moments and the character is likable. That said, the sexual discussions that go on in this book are plentiful and quite explicit, so even though there isn’t on-page sex, it’s comparable. Also, Jessie often texts while in the middle of important conversations and then goes on to say how much it means to her when the boy she likes doesn’t text while he’s with her which was annoying.
HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.