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Julie Buxbaum

Forfatter af Tell Me Three Things

19 Værker 2,860 Medlemmer 178 Anmeldelser 3 Favorited

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Julie Buxbaum is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. She is the author of The Opposite of Love, After You, and the New York Times bestseller, Tell Me Three Things. (Bowker Author Biography)

Includes the name: BUXBAUM JULIE

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Værker af Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things (2016) 1,127 eksemplarer
What to Say Next (2017) 481 eksemplarer
Det modsatte af kærlighed (2008) 411 eksemplarer
After You (2009) 374 eksemplarer
Hope and Other Punchlines (2019) 200 eksemplarer
Admission (2020) 183 eksemplarer
Year on Fire (2022) 41 eksemplarer
The Area 51 Files (2022) 26 eksemplarer
La teoria imperfetta dell' amore (2018) 5 eksemplarer
The Big Flush (2023) 3 eksemplarer
Absender: Glück 1 eksemplar
Trouver les mots (2018) 1 eksemplar
Quando não há palavras (2019) 1 eksemplar
Le jour où tout a basculé (2022) 1 eksemplar
Det motsatte av kjærlighet (2010) 1 eksemplar

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Sweet and honest and unexpected. ☺️

Recommended: yes!
For those who want a different-than-usual read on high school, particularly for those who aren't neurotypical.

A light read I completed in a sunny spot on the couch this lazy Sunday. I felt like I was in need of some realistic YA, rather than my usual magic-and-dragons fare.

I always enter books that have a character who has a disability (or borderline disability of some kind, etc) with a bit of hesitation, because the story can so often just be brutal and cruel, even if that is sometimes realistic, in their depiction of those characters. It can also set incorrect images of people, which is frustrating and harmful. I have a limited scope of knowledge and experience with the matter myself, but this felt like a more respectful portrayal. It also didn't seem to use it as a cop-out, or a crutch to try to win sympathy readers; it was just a story of two kids in high school trying to figure out the difficult shit they have to face. Which in high school, can feel like damn near everything.

Romance was ok. Sweet, and more realistic (although still some cliches of high school mixed in). There were two definite SWERVE moments, where I was actually saying to myself, "Whoa I didn't see that coming!" For me that is SUCH a treat, because I can usually predict every moment in a YA novel having read so many now. It was a delight to have not one, but TWO surprises!

Was it predictable? 2/3 plot moments caught me off guard, so that's pretty good. The 1 other was inevitable.

Was it good? I say an awkward "probably," because I think so, but also still have that nagging worry of the way David is portrayed. There were a good number of lines that made me laugh out loud, or highlight because it felt like a good point to remember and apply in my own life. I'd say that's good!

Did I enjoy it? Yup! And I'm glad I took a day off my other book in progress to bang this one out, because it was perfectly suited to my mood today.

Bonus, it made me feel so optimistic and productive! I got a lot done today! ...after spending most of it on the couch reading this, I kind of had to. ;)
… (mere)
 
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Jenniferforjoy | 28 andre anmeldelser | Jan 29, 2024 |
Good, not mind blowing. As the author says, more than just a dead mom book. Read this from 3:38am to 7:42am because I couldn't sleep. Just call me Ethan. See the full review and more at MyBookJoy.com!

Recommended: sure
For a quick cute read, for those who can suspend disbelief and pretend the world is a nice place, for a fairly predictable and straightforward story, for those who can tolerate a plot that sometimes makes you roll your eyes at the MCs ability to misinterpret obvious things

Thoughts:
The primary strength of this book was in the connections created between characters and the portrayal of grief from Jessie. She's thrown into a crazy situation when around a year after her mother's death, her father abruptly announces he's remarried a rich LA lady, and they're going to move out to California to live with her. Cue Jessie's entrance into a creme de la creme private school for the rich and glamorous, as well as a bizzaro world of her new "family" in a house that's more like a museum.

Jessie's grief stays with her through the story, as a constant point of reflection and pain and growth for her. The author in a note at the end states that this is very personal for her, as she lost her own mother at 14. Because of that painful personal experience, the portrayal in the story of grief -- Jessie's, her father's, and even her new stepmother & stepbrother's -- are consistent and painfully believable.

In tandem with the grief comes the connection with others despite it, and sometimes because of it. Jessie's relationships with SN, her father, and her friend back home are well developed (even though SN is technically some anonymous blocks of text). Her competing anger and love toward her father give poignant insight into the painful realities of their dynamics after losing Jessie's mother. The moment where Jessie discusses wishing it were her father and not her mother, then considers that her father might have had the same thought about her, is grim and heartbreaking for its honesty. I also deeply appreciated the conflict with her friend back home, and the way it was resolved for again feeling realistic and courageous on both character's parts.

Now, the weak point here was unfortunately in the crux of the novel: the question of Who Is SN? This was pretty obvious from about 30-35% of the way through the story. The primary theory of his identity that Jessie pursues about midway through is so clearly wrong and such a glaring plot hole that it really affected my opinion of her. Who knew she was so dense? /sigh. I feel like it's not even a spoiler if I pointed out the plot hole, because it should be clear to anyone who reads this, but I'll forgo it just in case. It just ruffles my feathers quite a lot. Ugh.

Additionally, Liam was a weak addition. Everything with him felt like a poorly developed crutch to the story, and in the end it barely even mattered anyway. I was glad when the book was ended because at that point I was just kind of tired of the way the main plot of SN was going. When the answer is too obvious to the reader when it's not supposed to be, it puts a damper on the ending. Overall, the answer is anticlimactic.
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Jenniferforjoy | 54 andre anmeldelser | Jan 29, 2024 |
YA romance between a guy with Asperger’s and a girl who is grieving for her recently deceased father. They are both in an awkward place but find comfort in each other.

Cute enough, I guess, but not as good as the other book I read by this author.

 
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hmonkeyreads | 28 andre anmeldelser | Jan 25, 2024 |

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Værker
19
Medlemmer
2,860
Popularitet
#8,972
Vurdering
3.9
Anmeldelser
178
ISBN
136
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12
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