Published by Delacorte Press
Published on April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel whose characters will come to feel like friends. Tell Me Three Things will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.
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?
Check out Portia’s glowing 4-Star (early) review HERE!
Read our interview with author Julie Buxbaum below, and scroll down to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a print ARC of her debut YA novel: TELL ME THREE THINGS!
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
Totally depends on the book. Sometimes one or the other comes easy, and sometimes they are both torture. With TELL ME THREE THINGS, the ending wrote itself and may be one of my favorite parts of the book. The first couple of lines were a little tougher.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
Definitely the content. With the exception of my first book (THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE) I really tend to struggle with titles, and they don’t come to me until the very last second. You want to signal so much with so few words. I find it’s an almost impossible task and I drive myself bananas coming up with a million options. And then all of a sudden—BAM!—an idea comes in the middle of the night and then it seems like the book was always named what we ended up with.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
Unlike titles, my main character’s names tend to come to me early in the process and be very clear from the outset. I don’t know how it happens, but my characters sort of arrive somewhat fully formed and already named.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I’m a total fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-er. I wish I wasn’t. I wish I was disciplined enough to write a thorough outline, but I think if I did, I’d feel too beholden to it, and I would miss out on the writerly happy accidents that make writing a book exciting. I rarely know what’s going to happen, except for maybe broad strokes, so it makes the process both terrifying and fun figuring it out as I go along.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
Laptop. One cup of coffee. Buckets of tea. Headphones. The Freedom app to block the Internet. Comfy clothes.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
I used to write at home and then I had kids, which made that impossible. Then I became a coffee shop writer. But relatively recently I joined a writer’s space, and it’s my version of heaven. It’s a quiet space just a few blocks from my house that has coffee and tea and a fridge and a clean bathroom and wifi and a ton of writers just writing. Ahh, it’s absolute bliss.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ramen. I’m convinced it’s made with crack.
What is something you never leave home without?
My iPhone and a book.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
Silly. Frazzled. Warm.
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
Emergency dance parties with my kids.
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I’m pretty amazing at catastrophizing.
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
SUNSET. I am NOT a morning person.
Coffee or Tea?
Both, but I NEED one cup of coffee a day to function. Tea is a bonus.
Hot or Cold?
Hot. I live in LA because I’m a weather wimp.
PC or Mac?
By Land, or by sea?
Half-empty or Half-full?
I really really aim for half-full, but don’t always succeed.
Autumn or Spring?
Summer or Winter?
Winter, but the LA version, which isn’t really winter, but just requires a hoodie.
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
I do both, but definitely prefer print.
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