Tell Me My Name: Review


We Were Liars meets Speak in this haunting, mesmerizing psychological thriller–a gender-flipped YA Great Gatsby–that will linger long after the final line

On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting–for summer, for college, for her childhood best friend to decide he loves her. Then Ivy Avila lands on the island like a falling star. When Ivy shines on her, Fern feels seen. When they’re together, Fern has purpose. She glimpses the secrets Ivy hides behind her fame, her fortune, the lavish parties she throws at her great glass house, and understands that Ivy hurts in ways Fern can’t fathom. And soon, it’s clear Ivy wants someone Fern can help her get. But as the two pull closer, Fern’s cozy life on Commodore unravels: drought descends, fires burn, and a reckless night spins out of control. Everything Fern thought she understood–about her home, herself, the boy she loved, about Ivy Avila–twists and bends into something new. And Fern won’t emerge the same person she was.

An enthralling, mind-altering psychological thriller, Tell Me My Name is about the cost of being a girl in a world that takes so much, and the enormity of what is regained when we take it back.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


I sat down and wrote this ‘review’ at 1am shortly after finishing Tell Me My Name and have thought about rewriting it more coherently… but then I decided the frenzied nature of it was the best way to describe this book in a sense.

And so…

This was a mind twist. It kind of feels like running through a labyrinth. Right when you think you have it all figured out, more twists and turns abrupt out of nowhere and you’re left anxiously racing towards an unknown end.

It was consuming to say the least. I don’t think I took a single breath from the moment I started until I finished and even after finishing I still don’t think I did take a single breath. It was a rollercoaster ride and it was glorious. So very rarely does a book imprint itself into my mind the way that Tell Me My Name has. So very rarely does a book have me so emotional I can’t even remember how to function.

I am a mess. Emotional. Distraught. A bit rattled. This book is powerful. There’s so much to unfold, so much to explore. It is the most memorable book I will probably ever read and the most unique.

I can’t accurately or even begin to sum up this book but there’s a section in the authors note that explains this book far better than I could ever articulate and here it is:

“My original intention was to follow The Great Gatsby’s story line pretty closely, while expanding its themes based on our evolution as a country and culture in the hundred years since its publication: How have the shadows of the American Dream darkened even further since then? What happens when we look at it through the eyes of young women rather than men—when we add climate change, the further consolidation of wealth and power, white supremacy, the corporatization of politics and media, the commodification of young women’s bodies?”

Thank you to the publisher for providing me an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

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