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Read this review and others on my blogI ve been a loyal listener of Sarah Enni s First Draft podcast since 2014, so I was psyched to pick up a copy of her debut novel Tell Me Everything follows Ivy, a sopho photography nerd who s been struggling with growing distance between her and her BFF Harold To take her mind off her absent, over scheduled friend, Ivy becomes engrossed with the new app VEIL, which allows users to view Instagram style anonymous pictures local to a five mile radius Read this review and others on my blogI ve been a loyal listener of Sarah Enni s First Draft podcast since 2014, so I was psyched to pick up a copy of her debut novel Tell Me Everything follows Ivy, a sopho photography nerd who s been struggling with growing distance between her and her BFF Harold To take her mind off her absent, over scheduled friend, Ivy becomes engrossed with the new app VEIL, which allows users to view Instagram style anonymous pictures local to a five mile radius The book follows Ivy as she attempts to uncover the secrets of the students at her school posting on VEIL.It s a cute, short book that I read in less than twenty four hours I really enjoyed the local art scene focus, and I feel that there s a missed opportunity here for the book to include some photographs and illustrations to color the narrative, like in a Ransom Riggs book Yet the book isn t without its flaws it felt plotless for a good portion of the book, like we were being treated to individual scenes that made up some sort of abstract whole The voice, too, is a bit younger than I usually read More a preference thing than an actual detractor You know how a lot of readers rightly complain that a good portion of YA isn t really YA any, but really just New Adult, repackaged with eighteen year olds and pretty YA covers This isn t that it reads young, and Enni was clearly purposeful in the decision to make Ivy and Harold sophos instead of upperclassmen.I ll admit that the tone of the book was a bit off to me There is a lot of quirk for quirk s sake, almost reminiscent of Katy t3h PeNgU1n oF d00m That combined with an especially cringy cringey scene between Ivy and Harold that read like progressive buzzword mad libs had me not exactly racing for the end of the book, but still edging toward eager to be done territory SPOILER INCOMING I did also feel like some questions briefly raised throughout the book weren t explored deeply enough In this book, online anonymity and an unmoderated user base butt heads with safe spaces and helicopter parents There is a kind of resolution to this conflict in terms of the VEIL app, but not a satisfying one in my opinion, and what resolution Enni offers us doesn t do much to address the very real debates that society is currently having about social media platforms VEIL is deleted in the end, but let s face it, Mark Zuckerberg isn t about to delete Facebook, nor Jack Dorsey Twitter, so what exact lesson are we supposed to take from Tell Me Everything into the real world So some good, some bad Tell Me Everything was a pleasant, quick read for a Sunday afternoon, but I wouldn t highly recommend it for older YA readers, though a younger, less picky crowd might have some fun here This was a fun, quick read While I loved the portrayal of the town and the app VEIL, the themes in this book felt a little on the nose and overly simplistic Maybe this is just a result of me reading older YA and having unfair expectations for a book that s decidedly younger Tell Me Everything is definitely out of my wheelhouse, and I probably wouldn t have picked it up if I wasn t already familiar with Sarah Enni from her podcast which, by the way, I highly recommend This isof a 3.5 This was a fun, quick read While I loved the portrayal of the town and the app VEIL, the themes in this book felt a little on the nose and overly simplistic Maybe this is just a result of me reading older YA and having unfair expectations for a book that s decidedly younger Tell Me Everything is definitely out of my wheelhouse, and I probably wouldn t have picked it up if I wasn t already familiar with Sarah Enni from her podcast which, by the way, I highly recommend This isof a 3.5 for me but I m rounding up to 4 stars, since I think other readers would get a lotout of this I wanted to love this book I really really wanted to However, I definitely think its target audience isin the 7th 8th grade range vs high school, despite the subject matter, and I just couldn t fully buy into Ivy and her character Some of the social media stuff was hard hitting and would be great for kids to read, but some of the other events were just cringeworthy I m eager to hand it to my 13 yo daughter and see what she says my view may just be skewed because of my age and the fa I wanted to love this book I really really wanted to However, I definitely think its target audience isin the 7th 8th grade range vs high school, despite the subject matter, and I just couldn t fully buy into Ivy and her character Some of the social media stuff was hard hitting and would be great for kids to read, but some of the other events were just cringeworthy I m eager to hand it to my 13 yo daughter and see what she says my view may just be skewed because of my age and the fact that I m not the target audience My 3 star rating is NOT a bad rating, it just means I finished it and found it partially worthy, didn t love it but didn t hate it, nothing majorly problematic, won t be shouting about it from the rooftops but will recommend it to people looking for books on this topic Tell me Everything is fantastic This book is about how Ivy, an invisible girl, discovered an app called VEIL, where anonymous artists get to share their thoughts and post their art Ivy discovered a few of her classmates and found out their real identity So she started doing random act of kindness Ivy, the main character in this book, has a shy characteristic when facing large groups of her classmates But when everyone s feeling upset, she s always willing to help out and manages to make Tell me Everything is fantastic This book is about how Ivy, an invisible girl, discovered an app called VEIL, where anonymous artists get to share their thoughts and post their art Ivy discovered a few of her classmates and found out their real identity So she started doing random act of kindness Ivy, the main character in this book, has a shy characteristic when facing large groups of her classmates But when everyone s feeling upset, she s always willing to help out and manages to make everyone feel better I can identify with her because I am not exactly comfortable with standing in front of my classmates, but I always have creative ways to help others whenever I can I can relate Ivy to a classmate in my art class I won t name her here She is always helping others, and she is very nice She has a great talent for drawing, too This whole book feels like one giant meh, and a whole lot of wasted potential I will say, though, that the chapter number pages is that what they re called The first page of each chapter I guess were absolutely gorgeous, with pretty paint patters on them, so there s that to love There were definitely some interesting and important conversations about social media and internet privacy A significant part of the novel concerns the decision of whether or not the identity of someone who makes a This whole book feels like one giant meh, and a whole lot of wasted potential I will say, though, that the chapter number pages is that what they re called The first page of each chapter I guess were absolutely gorgeous, with pretty paint patters on them, so there s that to love There were definitely some interesting and important conversations about social media and internet privacy A significant part of the novel concerns the decision of whether or not the identity of someone who makes a hateful post should be allowed to be revealed, something which Ivy is very passionate about, and even makes comments about freedom of speech and being allowed to post whatever you want even if it can be considered hate speech For the most part, I definitely enjoyed this commentary.I also really loved the emphasis on art that this book had It was so clear from the start and throughout how much Ivy loved and cared about art Her passion really shone through the writing, and I could really imagine some of her pieces of art.The whole premise was definitely unique and an interesting concept to tackle, but it ultimately wasn t my favorite thing to read, and did feel rather contrived and unrealistic It was about a new app called VEIL that allows people to share their artwork anonymously with the people within a five mile radius of them, that completely overtakes the school, and blows up to become the next big thing that everyone is infatuated with For example I had a hard time believing that everyone could become so obsessed with it so quickly, especially with other social media sites out there like Instagram where people can still share their art anonymously, as long as they don t use their real name or picture when they sign up on the site I mean, I post my reviews here with a fake name it s not like this is exactly a revolutionary concept Also not to sound like a cynic but I have a hard time believing so many people care about art and post and look at art lmao I m sure it would be popular among artists but for basically everyone in the entire school and beyond to be obsessed with it is a bit of a reach The fact everyone from Ivy s high school and nobody else seems to be on it is a bit strange Yeah, it s within a five mile radius, but the people living in my neighborhood can funnel to like two high schools and three middle schools, not to mention a bunch older 20 or 30 somethings who would probably be using the app if teens were Concerning the hate mentioned above, the fact that so much of the plot and so much angst and scandal for lack of a better word revolves around one troll post is a bit unbelievable I mean, let s be real as much as we want the internet to be a place of only positivity, there is bound to be hate and hurtful posts, and it s unrealistic that after months, there is only one hateful post This was kind of small but I don t get why Ivy was constantly taking photographs of VEIL posts with her film camera and then being worried that people would find them and judge her It s established that she likes to shoot in film, which is cool, but I don t understand why she wouldn t just take a screenshot here Does she never use her phone camera Ivy herself was also a pretty annoying and unlikable character For one thing, she literally never supports her best friend Harold in his 1092384234o clubs, or even really cares about what he s doing when he s trying his hardest to get into an elite college We re told repeatedly that the two of them are best friends, but I never see that or see why It s established that Ivy is shy, but you can t even passively sit at one club meeting She also repeatedly complains that her parents don t care about her art, and mentions how annoyed she is that her parents never sent her to art camp even though she never mentions it herself I meanare you mad at them for not being mind readers Particularly since she s supposedly so shy, they might think that she wouldn t even like art camp because it would require leaving the house and being social that would be me lmao Finally, what really annoyed me was the fact that she really cared so much about protecting internet privacy, while at the same time trying to discern the identities of VEIL posters I mean, hypocrite much I felt really iffy about the diversity and representation in this book At one point, Ivy is talking to someone about being shy, and she s like it s called being shy and the person is like, no, it s called social anxiety I was just like This is the only time it s mentioned in the whole book, and considering Ivy still hangs out with people outside of school, and walks up and talks to random strangers, I really didn t thinkit felt like she had social anxiety I m NOT ownvoices so I can t talk about the representation personally but it didn t really sit well with me the way there was that one throwaway line in there The lgbtq representation was questionable too, in my opinion There is a significant amount of talk about a homophobic hate post online, but the actual consequences and implications of that post were never really mentioned It waslike, this post is so homophobic it s disgusting what an internet troll omg horrible There s also talk of the formation of a Pride Club, and talk of it being a good thing, but we never actually experience a pride club meeting or get to see firsthand why Also, Ivy outs someone she thinks but doesn t know is gay in front of a huge crowd without ever talking to him about whether he wants to come out The main character is straight, she crushes on loves boys There are no lgbt relationships in this book Yet lgbtq themes for lack of a better word took up a significant part of the plot It s like, let s just have straight people talk about lgbtq people without actually showing lgbtq people Idk if that made sense, but overall it was just very iffy 1.5 stars A timely and thought provoking book about social media, anonymity, art, and being yourself for yourself Ivy s voice here is fantastic and the perfect blend of funny, snarky, confused, and insecure This book is absolutely for teens, with dialog that s real and situations that resonate among teens learning how to navigate long time and newly budding friendships At the heart of the story is the VEIL app, which Ivy turns to to better cope with a summer away from her brilliant best friend VEIL al A timely and thought provoking book about social media, anonymity, art, and being yourself for yourself Ivy s voice here is fantastic and the perfect blend of funny, snarky, confused, and insecure This book is absolutely for teens, with dialog that s real and situations that resonate among teens learning how to navigate long time and newly budding friendships At the heart of the story is the VEIL app, which Ivy turns to to better cope with a summer away from her brilliant best friend VEIL allows users to share art anonymously and it s seen by only those who are local to them for 24 hours Ivy takes what should be something straightforward art for art s sake and uses it to try to connect with people who, by using the app, preferred to be anonymous This, in the end, bites her when she realizes she makes some terrible assumptions about people and puts others in situations where they re not comfortable Her heart is there, even if her thinking brain isn t.There s a particularly interesting thread through the story about Vivian Maier, who is an artist that I adore It s interesting because this is a niggling point only someone obsessed with the Maier story would note when Harold talks about how she was not the best babysitter, about how she wasn t a great person none of these are checked by the fact that Maier s story was, until very recently, coopted by a white dude who created the entire mythos of who she was and what her story was He profited deeply, including on the documentary mentioned in the book, off the work of a woman who, during her life, CHOSE to create art that wasn t shared She wasn t a hidden genius She simply chose to be anonymous and make art for art s sake this is from Pamela Bannos s excellent book from 2018 on the topic It s interesting to think about the way that this parallels the point of VEIL within Enni s story, especially as it appears unintentional, given that Bannos s book came out when Enni s book was likely already finished Pass this along to readers who love stories of artists, who are curious about social media, and who love a voicey, curious main character I got an advanced copy from Eldeweiss Plus to review, before getting a physical copy to get signed by the author at a festival.What drew me to the book was the art app after seeing the trailer for the book.I loved Ivy and enjoyed reading about the art aspect of the book, and her working to discover the VEIL users identities and doing surprise anonymous acts of kindness to them I even liked it when one of the acts went wrong, becoming a story that could happen in real life because real life isn I got an advanced copy from Eldeweiss Plus to review, before getting a physical copy to get signed by the author at a festival.What drew me to the book was the art app after seeing the trailer for the book.I loved Ivy and enjoyed reading about the art aspect of the book, and her working to discover the VEIL users identities and doing surprise anonymous acts of kindness to them I even liked it when one of the acts went wrong, becoming a story that could happen in real life because real life isn t perfect.I could see and feel Ivy s struggle journey to feelaccepting of being able to show her art, and her struggles with figuring out her feelings towards her best friend, Harold, and a school classmate, Nate.The story is full of art, learning confidence, and trying to understand one s self It s a good read for teens You ART to pick up this book *DOWNLOAD EPUB ↽ Tell Me Everything ☊ YOUR SECRET S SAFE UNTIL IT S NOTIvy is the shy artist type and keeps a low profile so low that she s practically invisible to everyone at Belfry High School except for her best friend, Harold As sopho year begins, Harold takes up a hundred activities, leaving Ivy on her own Luckily she s found a distraction the new anonymous art sharing app, VEILSoon Ivy realizes that one of her classmates is the VEIL user who needs new paintbrushes and another is the one visiting the hospital every week and another is the one dealing with their parents messy divorce While she s too scared to put her own creations on the app, Ivy thinks of an even better way to contribute 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 Ivy wants to throw Harold a major partyBut when all those good intentions thrust her into the spotlight, Ivy s carefully curated world is thrown into chaos Now she has to find the courage to come out of the shadows about her art, her secrets, and her mistakes or risk losing everything and everyone she loves the most This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Not terrible but not great.Ivy is an artist who loves a social media site called VEIL It allows people to post their art anonymously and while she doesn t post anything herself, she figures out who some of the posters are and plans to surprise them with things she thinks they need When an anonymous person starts posting homophobic rhetoric, parents become involved and pressure the creator to reveal who the poster is.That would be enough for most books but the main part of the story is how Iv Not terrible but not great.Ivy is an artist who loves a social media site called VEIL It allows people to post their art anonymously and while she doesn t post anything herself, she figures out who some of the posters are and plans to surprise them with things she thinks they need When an anonymous person starts posting homophobic rhetoric, parents become involved and pressure the creator to reveal who the poster is.That would be enough for most books but the main part of the story is how Ivy figures out what each poster is missing in their lives and tries to fix it for them She makes a lot of mistakes which turn her into a social pariah but it all gets neatly wrapped up in a couple of chapters I found it rushed and I didn t understand how Ivy ends up with the person she does romantically we don t learn anything about the guy in the first 75% of the book that makes us think Ivy should pursue him I would give it a miss Tell Me Everything follows sopho Ivy who is a shy artist except for when she decides to get into everyone s business, doing good deeds for people whose identities she figured out or thinks she has from posts to an anonymous art sharing app similar to Yik Yak or After School This culminates in her deciding her best friend is gay and throwing a coming out party for him because she thinks he hasn t felt supported enough by her to tell her so obviously the solution is to kind of out him Sh Tell Me Everything follows sopho Ivy who is a shy artist except for when she decides to get into everyone s business, doing good deeds for people whose identities she figured out or thinks she has from posts to an anonymous art sharing app similar to Yik Yak or After School This culminates in her deciding her best friend is gay and throwing a coming out party for him because she thinks he hasn t felt supported enough by her to tell her so obviously the solution is to kind of out him She realizes this was wrong, of course, but is this, a book with a straight main character learning it s really awful to out someone, the sort of book we need in 2019 I don t think so