Summary (from Goodreads):
“ What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
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?”
Oh you guys, this book. I am absolutely in love with it and it’s almost definitely going to be one of my favorites of the year (or ever).
I’ve read one of Julie Buxbaum’s novels for adults and liked it well enough that I was excited to read what she wrote for teens. This is a billion times better (and again, that book—After You—was good…it’s just that this book is perfection).
In the author’s note, we learn that Julie’s mom died when she was a teenager, which also happened to Jessie. (That seems to be the extent of autobiographical detail in the novel.) And now Jessie’s dad has remarried and they live in LA. So, to recap: dead mom, new house, new stepmom, new state, so far no friends.
And then a stranger emails her and doesn’t say who he is (pointedly doesn’t, in fact). It drives her a little crazy, but it’s also kind of nice. (New friends and all, plus he’s smart and funny.)
I don’t want to discuss too much more, because you need this book and you need to experience it yourself.