Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. 325 p. Delacorte Press, April 5, 2015. 9780553535655.
Publisher synopsis: What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
First line: Seven hundred and thirty-three days after my mom died, forty-five days after my dad eloped with a stranger he met on the Internet, thirty days after we then up and moved to California, and only seven days after starting as a junior at a brand-new school where I know approximately no one, an email arrives.
Page 56: "Can I help you?" he asks, like I'm the next customer at a drive-through. I remember our English project, and how he just assumed I could be railroaded like everyone else.
"So 'The Waste Land'..." I say, and tuck my hands into my back pockets, trying to look casual. "If you don't want to work together, that's fine. But then I need to tell Mrs. Pollack and find another partner. I'm not just going to let you do the work."
There, I said it. That wasn't so hard. I breathe out. I feel lightheaded and shaky, but nothing that can be seen from the outside, I hope. My mask firmly still in place. Now I wish he could just hand me my Happy Meal and end this thing.
-----I spied the cute cover while standing on a line at AASL waiting for an author autograph. Since I have a waffle iron that makes heart-shaped waffles, which I use fairly frequently to make the most delicious gluten-free waffles ever, I had to ask about the book. I didn't want to leave my place in line, so I called over to two reps who were talking near it and said, "Tell me three things about Tell Me Three Things." Yeah, not the most ingenious opener but I was given the arc!