Book: Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni
Published February 2019 by Point|288 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Genre: YA Contemporary
Your secret’s safe…until it’s not.
Ivy’s always preferred to lay low, unlike her best friend Harold, who has taken up a hundred activities as sophomore year begins. But Ivy has her own distraction: the new anonymous art-sharing app, VEIL.
Being on the sidelines has made Ivy a skilled observer, and soon she discovers that some of the anonymous posters are actually her classmates. While she’s still too scared to put her own creations on the app, Ivy realizes that she can contribute in an even better way — by making gifts for the artists she’s discovered. The acts of kindness give her such a rush that, when Ivy suspects Harold is keeping a secret, she decides to go all in. Forget gifts — Harold needs a major party.
But when her good intentions thrust her into the spotlight, Ivy’s carefully curated world is thrown into chaos. Now she has to find the courage to stand out… or risk losing everything and everyone she loves most.
I really liked Tell Me Everything! I was definitely intrigued and I wasn’t sure what to expect but I definitely got pulled into Ivy’s world.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ivy, and Harold was definitely more supportive than she was with him. It was hard to like her, and it felt like she didn’t give people a lot of chances. She’s definitely of those characters who needs one friend and no one else. Hopefully, she’s more open and willing to give people a chance at the end of the book.
I feel like she made a lot of progress throughout the book. I think Ivy had good intentions and I really do think she meant well, but at the same time, the app was anonymous for a reason. People shared things to the app for a reason, and I was bothered by how she tried to figure out who people were. It had some major consequences for her, and she really did have to decide what was important to her. At least she realized that she hurt people with what she did, and before it was too late.
The app was pretty cool, and it reminded me a lot of PostSecret but tied to a specific location. I don’t know if that’s where Enni got her inspiration from but that did cross my mind as a possibility. I really wish we had seen some of the art from the app. I know art doesn’t pop up in YA but if we can get texts and letters and emails, I don’t know why we couldn’t get a few pictures. It would have been really interesting to see the things that inspired Ivy, and it would have been a nice addition to the book.
For a lot of the book, I thought there was going to be a love triangle. It definitely seemed like that was a possibility, but it never happened. Romance is hinted at, but it wasn’t really a thing in the book, and I actually really liked that. I don’t really have anything else to say about romance, but I did want to through that out there.
4 stars. I really liked Tell Me Everything, but I didn’t love it. It was hard to completely get behind Ivy, even though I understood why she did what she did.