Book Club – Tell Me Three Things Review

Book Club is back! Hooray! I’ve been reading voraciously in the last month or so, and I have lots of great titles to share with you!

Sew Delicious book club

 

First up, to jog your memory, my last book club post was back in April and I reviewed The Language of Flowers. Really mixed feelings about the characters in that book but overall I enjoyed it.

I then announced Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum as the next book, but I didn’t do my homework and later discovered it was not yet available in the Amazon AU store or from my library as a ebook. Bugger. I ordered it from Book Depository but after some mucking around with my address being in Chinese characters, it took nearly a month to arrive.

 

But after all that messing about, I can tell you that it was worth the wait.

Before I launch into spoilers and my review of the book, first I will announce the next book –

beach cafe

The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond

It’s summer holidays for me and I really love a light hearted romantic “chick lit” novel for the beach or by the pool. For all my Aussie / Kiwi readers, this will be the perfect snuggle under the quilt Sunday afternoon winter read. Lucy Diamond’s books are widely available at local libraries (I was able to borrow my ebook copy using my Aussie library app) and it’s also pretty cheap to buy.

Evie Flynn inherits her Aunty’s beloved Beach Cafe in Cornwell, but how is that going to work when she is happy with her boyfriend and her life in Oxford? Or maybe is it the exact change she needs to shake things up and follow her dreams?

Trust me guys – I think you are going to love this one!

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ReviewTell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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This title was my first foray back into the YA (young adult) genre in a while. I’ve always enjoyed YA books, as does my sister, so we often trade recommendations and share books. Here is a few thoughts I had while reading this one –

  • The start was face paced and dived right into the story. It doesn’t dwell on Jessie’s tragic story, instead the author tells you what happens and then gets on with Jessie’s next chapter. Diving right in was a great way to start and got me hooked.
  • Having the mystery character “Somebody Nobody” introduced early on made me pay extra attention to the characters as they are introduced, hoping to see some little clue of who SN might be.
  • I thought this story was a interesting example of looking at grief from a teenager’s perspective.
  • I was very frustrated at how her Dad left Jessie to fend for herself, but I suppose that’s related to his grief process and adjusting to a new life.
  • I thought it was odd that there was never much development of the characters of the Dad and the step mother – you don’t find out much about them during the duration of the story.
  • The step brother was pretty awful and even if Jessie forgave him for his terrible behaviour, I wasn’t so easily convinced.
  • I enjoyed how much of the dialogue was in text and email form, I think a lot of YA novelists forget sometimes that this is how most teenagers communicate these days. (well, most people actually.)
  • The unfolding romance was great and despite having very strong suspicions who SN was, I wasn’t quite 100% sure until he was revealed.

Overall I really loved this novel and breezed through it over two days. The YA genre can often be bogged down in poor quality teen romances  and high school drama – this one had lots of substance and a little bit of heavy content but was very feel good at the same time.

I have a feeling that not many of you would have had a chance to read this one as it’s not widely available being such a recent release. Did you manage to get your hands on a copy? What did you think?

If you enjoyed this, or are keen to read something similar, I can recommend –

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (my review here)

Map To The Stars by Jen Malone (bargain! Only $1.99)

Happy reading! I’m here on Goodreads – add me as a friend!

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4 thoughts on “Book Club – Tell Me Three Things Review

  1. I was sad that I couldn’t get this on kindle, and now I’m even sadder, as it sounds like a great book! But I struggle to read hard copy books since a hand injury made gripping stuff difficult, so e-books are my only option these days. I’ll keep an eye out though and hopefully it’ll come out on kindle soon.

    I’ve just read Wanderlost by Jen Malone, and really enjoyed it. YA is great for mindless, easy reading, which is exactly what I need right now (I’m writing this from the poolside at a Bali villa!). So I’ll give Map to the Stars a go too.

    I’ve found that I’m reading so much more since you started this book club – half the time it’s thinking about what to read next that holds me back, whereas now you’re doing the difficult work of choosing my reading list for me, so thanks for that!

    I’m off to download The Beach Cafe… and read it at a beach cafe!

    Thanks Ros! X

    1. Oh Baroness – that makes me so sad that you can’t read actual books! For me, holding the book in my hand, turning the pages, smelling the new book (or used book!) smell of paper, being able to go back (or forward) is so much of what makes reading amazing!

      It’s great that you do get to still read though – how crappy would life be without books!

      We missed you will you were off sunning yourself in Bali 😉

  2. I really liked both Fangirl and The fault in our Stars (so many tears!) so sounds like this book is right up my valley. Hardcopy books are not so easy to come by over here, as I am sure you know, but I will take a look on book depository! I was recommended Red Rising trilogy and I’m going to get started on that but you can’t beat a good YA book <3

  3. Hey Ros – If you like YA fiction then I know an awesome Melbourne writer that you might be interested in… Amie Kaufman is her name (we worked together when we were both still lawyers!) and she has written The Starbound Trilogy and is also part way through another trilogy (The Illuminae Files) – the second trilogy has been picked up for Brad Pitt’s production company and is being made into a film!

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