Tell Me Three Things is one of the most relatable YA contemporaries I’ve read this year. The story line is simple, the plot not so eventful and yet it’s everything. It’s so easy to connect with Jessie, a teenage girl who just like any other girl is simply trying to figure out who she is. It isn’t easy being a teenager as it is but having to lose her mom at such a tender age and having to adjust to a new life that is very different from what she’s known- new home, new stepmom and step brother, I doubt I’d handle things any better than she did in the story.
I like the story a lot because even though one of the main themes of the story is about grief, it doesn’t overpower the plot. In fact, it wasn’t a sad read at all. If anything, grief was just a platform for the main characters to influence each other to move forward. The main narrative devices used are e-mailing/IMing/ texting and well, it’s not difficult to enjoy it especially because of this mystery guy guiding Jessie navigate her new intimidating prep school via email/text. Of course, the mystery was quite predictable but still, I enjoyed trying to figure out who it is. The friendship bit is quite commendable too.
Although at first I thought Jessie was an annoying, whiny teenager, it wasn’t long before my heart warmed up to her. I was a lot like her when I was younger- too insecure, too unsure of herself, too much whiteheads. The whiteheads are still there actually. Lol. But sometimes even when we think too little of ourselves, there are people who see, appreciate and acknowledge good things about us. Sometimes it takes an outside POV to make us appreciate what we have both inside and out.