This week I am reviewing a contemporary (shocking I know)! Please enjoy!
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?
This was a sweet romance. And I am going to tell you three things about it:
1) I absolutely adored Jessie! She was relatable and I feel like I really connected to her character.
2) I loved the mystery of guessing who SM was. While I did predict early on who it would be, there were a couple of times that Buxbaum made me second guess myself and I really enjoyed that.
3) I think that Buxbaum really did create a story that focuses on the pain of losing a parent, while not letting it be cliche. In a note to the reader at the end of the book, she explains how she lost her mom and like Jessie, counts the years since it happened. That note made the book all the more special to have read.
I really think this contemporary was unique and lovely and a pleasure to read!
XOX Shelby Grace
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