[Blog tour] + [PH Giveaway] TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum – My first 5 star book in 2016! LEGIT HERE, YO!

[Blog tour] + [PH Giveaway] TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum – My first 5 star book in 2016! LEGIT HERE, YO!
Tell Me Three Things
by Julie Buxbaum

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor
Publication date: April 5, 2016
by Delacorte Books

Format: ARC

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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 in exchange for an honest review.

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The deepest smile on my face, the lightest feeling I’ve had for the longest while, a warmness surrounding my heart… these were the things I’ve felt while AND after reading this book. I went from “Hmmm, this is interesting!” to “OMFG THIS IS THE CUTEST!!! MY HEART!!! ASDFGHJKL;” in like a fraction of a second once the book reeled me in its grasp. And trust me, it didn’t even try. It was just absolutely, 100% effortless. 

In other words: this book is a bloody gem.

I’ve loved so many books in the past years, a fair amount of them contemporaries. And many of the contemporaries I’ve super enjoyed – like Faking NormalEmily and Oliver, What We Saw – the best I could give them were4 stars. The 5 stars that I’ve awarded is reserved for books like Anatomy of a Misfit – books with such amazing narration that feels not only real but also so very authentic to the point that the teenage me of yesterday comes out of her hidden depths just to cry out, “This character is so me. Her feelings, her fears, her insecurities are so me. SHE IS ME!”

Tell Me Three Things is that, in a nutshell. I love this book so much like you all wouldn’t believe. I honestly was a little hesitant at first, but then, as I read 5 pages, the narration made me chuckle. Then I started enjoying it, nodding my head and giggling every few minutes and going, “Holy heck, this narration is so deep and genuine and teenagery and not pretentious at all!” Then I started feeling it, loving it, adoring it, along with my teenage self that, once again, has wished that she read this kind of book when she was still trying fit herself in a world she could hardly begin to understand. And to top it all off? It was all of these things and it was such a light-hearted and cute story, to boot. I resonated with the characters AND felt incredibly giddy about everything, too.

The romance, the character and relationship development, the hows and whys of online connections… man. How do I even begin?

I already mentioned about how the narration was top-notch (it really is. I wish I could highlight pretty much every word here because they’re just so awesome), but I’d also like to reiterate and emphasize how the narration as well made the issues being tackled here so very real and authentic. There’s just something so simple and yet so melodic about Jessie’s voice that makes her feel like she could be your friend or your neighbor or simply yourself (I’m not even a funny person when I was a teenager [and Jessie is, effortlessly, even if her humor is more self-deprecating than anything else], and yet!!!!), talking about out her fears and concerns as you would have talked about them, too. This is the number one reason (plus her bring adorably funny) that makes this book so close to my heart, and it’s so hard to find a narration like that – something that doesn’t pretend to be “lyrical” and “real” but is just effortlessly is.

Imagine yourself as the new kid on the block, surrounded by people you don’t know, far away from your best friend. You have a new mom who you’re not yet ready to accept just yet, a new brother who wants to forget your existence, and your dad is way too busy “trying to move on” with his life without your real mom to understand the things you’re going through. And then someone anonymously sends you a message, wanting to be the person to guide you through this new life you’ve stumbled yourself into, and as you get to know each other, you form a bond with someone you’ve never seen, never heard, never held. And you wonder, is this right?

Imagine that now with the most amazing narration… ever.

The aspect with the anonymous friend over the internet was seriously so well-done. I know how there are books out there with text messaging and social media involved in their stories, but none felt so “connecting” and “right” as the one here. I love how it showed how on the internet, we can be anyone we want to be, in a sort of way. In real life, you limit yourself to the kind of person you think you can survive as (as the elusive kid who ignores everyone, for example) but once online, you’re so happy-go-lucky and vibrant, because the shadow of anonymity gives us the sort of freedom to show the real us to the people we want to reveal ourselves to. And I love how this was tastefully done, and how it was a big part of the book’s suspense, and how it made the story so cuter and exciting on top of being so funny, authentic, and real.

PLUS, DID I MENTION HOW IT’S SO DARN CUTE?! I WAS SMILING SO WIDELY BY THE END OF THE STORY, DAMNIT.

This book surprised me in the best way possible. I don’t regret accepting the review request even one bit because it was so very worth it. Julie Buxbaum is now an insta-buy for me, and I have no doubt she will be an insta-buy for you guys as well once you get a dose of this beautiful, funny, cute, light-hearted story.

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Overall: 5

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME

1.) I once played around with my retainers back in grade school. My teeth were awful back in the days and I had a lot of dental work done, and oftentimes, I played around with my retainers by rolling them over and over in my mouth. One time, I accidentally did it a little too far and always swallowed the thing. I was like choking for 5 seconds before I managed to get it out of my throat. That was a close call. I never did it again. Also, my teeth are awesome now.

2.) I can’t stand the cold. I don’t like the air conditioners in rooms or buildings, I don’t like chilly airs, I don’t like the cold, period. I prefer a warm sunny day to a chilly one.

3.) I have crab-like, can-be-incredibly-bent limbs and fingers and limbs. If I try to straighten them, they show up bent. My dad says it’s like a crab and he says it’s meant I’ll have a good life. Who knows.

giveaway time!!!!!

So, I love this book SO DARN MUCH that I am willing to give away my prized review copy to a random bookworm resident here in the Philippines hoping they will love it as much as I did. The release date wouldn’t be for a few more months (APRIL!!!) so the winner will be reading this especially early, so make sure to enter your entries for the chance to win! Just remember, YOU NEED TO LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES, YOU MUST BE OVER 13 YEARS OLD, AND YOU DON’T CHEAT! We’ll ban cheaters from future giveaways :)

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Faye

Faye

A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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  1. says

    Oh my, I NEED this book! It sounds perfect Faye!

    Umm three things about me. I’m shy in real life. I have a young sounding voice and often get mistaken for a child on the phone. And…I love to read. :P

    Thanks for putting this on my radar. I so need a book like this to reaffirm my love for this genre. I’ve been burnt out on the same old crap and I think I would love this.
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  2. says

    This book is very high on my TBR. I was looking forward to reading it even before your review but now I am super excited to get my hands on it. It doesnt happen very often for me either to give YA contemporary novel 5 STARS so I hope this book will work for me as well! Great review, Faye :)
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  3. Sandy says

    Three things about me: 1. I can’t stand being cold. It’s become a joke with friends and family that I am always cold. The only reason I live in Iowa is because my family lives here. If it is not 90 degrees, I am cold. Give me heat, humidity, sweating temperatures and I am happy. 2. I wrote the dictionary when I was in 3rd grade as I was bored. I started on page one and copied my dictionary from school. I also wanted one for home. 3. I am very proud of my kids. They are not perfect but when I see them or think of them, I feel like a peacock spreading her feathers. I am proud of their accomplishments and their failures as I feel they have learned from them.

  4. Arminda Puno De Leon says

    I am a Mother! Creates possibilities! Will not give up on anything trying it so hard! Another one may not hurt, I am greatly interested with this book!

  5. Khayzelle Cayabyab says

    Three Things About Me
    1. I am insecure. I always think that everything about me is wrong.
    2. I cry most of the time (more of an inside crying thing) but there are times that I am genuinely happy. I don’t want other people’s pity that’s why I try to hide all the pain that I am feeling.
    3. I want to give up but I can’t because there are people who look up to me (or should I say, waiting for me). One of the things that keep me from giving up is the characters from the books that I am reading. That even though they are fictional, the authors/characters find a way not to give up.

  6. Lyka Cabais says

    Okay three things about me……… Uhm here ya go:

    First, I am a Chemical Engineering student. I know right……………………..Chemistry sucks but yeah i decided to. Lol haha

    Second, I really love to read books but I don’t drink coffee too often. Just sometimes. Yes i know it’s getting weirder.

    Third, i am so obsessed with teen wolf haha try to watch it and you will too!! I am really a big fan of Dylan O’brien. Lol

  7. says

    This books sounds amazing! Yey for your first 5 star read of the year. I’m taking a stab in the dark… SN is the step brother, right? Okay off to add this to my goodreads wish list!

  8. says

    Tell Me Three Things sounds like a really interesting book! I haven’t heard about it until now, but I’ll definitely keep in mind to read it sometime. Your rating definitely made me even more interested about it! Great review, Faye! :)

    Three things about me: (1) Whenever I straighten my fingers, it comes out bent backwards like yours as well. (2) I have an incredibly big sweet tooth. (3) I can smile easily, even if people tell me really corny jokes.

  9. Hanzel says

    Woah, this seriously made me want to read the book asap…like NOW! The 5 star rating you gave this book also isn’t helping my already curious self :( I will definitely gonna include this to my TBR list, that’s for sure! :)

  10. says

    Hullo!

    Oh, I’ve been seeing this book make the rounds on social media lately. It sounds like such a lovely book.

    1. I hate the cold, too. Even if it’s “not that cold”, I’m always bundled up in a sweater or a jacket. I get chills easily. #teamtropics

    2. I hoard stuff when I get interested in something. I get all Pokemon Master-ish. Right now, I’m in collect-all-the-things mode with kpop and everything Noelle Stevenson. My poor wallet never stood a chance after I took a break from collecting and playing video games.

    3. My laughs come in a handful of forms, all equally embarrassing to let loose in public: big, booming laughter comes out by default; strangled, choking sounds when I’m laughing too much; and squeaky, hyena-ish when I’m fooling around.

  11. says

    As someone who has retainers, I know what you mean about playing with them. But almost swallowing them? Yeah, Faye, you got me really terrified now.

    And I’m so glad you liked this book! I saw all your status updates, and you were such a cutie.
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  12. says

    As someone who has retainers, I know what you mean about playing with them. But almost swallowing them? Yeah, Faye, you got me really terrified now.

    And I’m so glad you liked this book! I saw all your status updates, and you were such a cutie.
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  13. says

    Wow, this is rare. I’ve been following this lovely blog for months now and this is actually the first time I see an all-shining five stars from you, Faye. I wanna read this badly now!

    3 Things About Me
    1. I love garlicky food.
    2. I hate sports.
    3. I am a newly converted feminist.

  14. Maricel Fajardo says

    1. Im a single mother of two kids
    2. I work and during my spare time I read books general fiction, and contemporaries and magazines reading makes me relax my mind from all stress and problems
    3. I love watching movies

  15. Marcel Fajardo says

    1. Im a single mother of two kids
    2. I love travelling and watching movies
    3. whenever I have spare time I read books and sometimes I go to bookstores just to read books

  16. says

    Hi Faye!

    I enjoy your book review and the 5/5 stars is wow!

    Three things about me:

    1. I love books.

    2. I never leave the bookstore without buying a book or two.

    3. After reading a book, I usually make a different ending if I didn’t like the real ending. Ha ha…

  17. says

    I would love to read this book after seeing your rating.
    3 things about me.

    1. I have 3 jobs right now.
    2. I have 2 dogs named Crumpy and Cheesecake
    3. I have 1 awesome husband named Val.

  18. Aysen Achurra Asuero says

    Three things about me:
    1. I’m a Registered Nurse but is dreaming of becoming a Flight attendant specifically in Emirates Airline.
    2. I really love to sweat! Yoga is my favorite workout. It makes me feel relaxed and stress-free.
    3. For now, I’m single and I love it! Sometimes, I have that point of not being okay with being single and I don’t want to be single… but it’s now something I’m really enjoying. I think right now, all I need is a good book and coffee :)

    AYSEN ACHURRA ASUERO
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