“Three Little Words was a very easy and quick read for me, which was a refreshing change from some of the books I'd been reading recently. I enjoyed my time reading it.
The book itself didn't go into as much depth with the characters as I would have liked, so I would say the book was good, not great. I like to know more about the characters, and I felt like some of them were left hanging. For example, Amie and Enid seemed integral to at least part of the story, and then they were barely mentioned later. It seemed like Chloe and Sid had something going on, but it really wasn't dealt with. Perhaps the latter is because the back of the ARC has it marked as 12+, but I'd expect a book dealing with a kid who is 16 to have more of a romantic relationship in it. Sure, it was nice that there wasn't really a love story to color the whole novel, but I would have liked to know if Sid was seeing more in Chloe than just his best friend. Speaking of Sid, I felt like I was left wondering if he'd ever forge a relationship with Devi, and that was a little disappointing. Fariza was my favorite character in the novel. I felt like her development paralleled Sid's, but in a subtle way. Harvey didn't beat the reader over the head with that parallel, which of course I appreciated.
I really liked the way that the author integrated the title into the text itself. There was not just one time when "three little words" were significant to the plot, and I felt that allowed even a younger reader to really "get" why the author called the novel Three Little Words.
Overall, the reading itself was pleasurable, and I wouldn't avoid recommending the novel to some young readers. A few older high school students might be a little disappointed, but younger high schoolers would probably have an enjoyable time reading the novel. I am glad to have read it.”