Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selvesby E. Kristin Anderson, Miranda Kenneally
Growing pains are an essential part of teenage life, for better and for worse. Some “mistakes” turn into positive, life-changing experiences, and some apparent triumphs seem, in retrospect, like low points. Some first kisses leave you feeling on top of the world, and others can make you want to hide under a rock. In Dear Teen Me, your favorite YA authors including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, Tom Angleberger, and Carrie Jones revisit critical moments from their young lives and offer advice and guidance to their teenage selves. Listen to find out...
• Who had a really bad first kiss?
• Who found her true love at 18?
• Who wishes she’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard?
• And who skipped prom to go to a Grateful Dead concert, only to wind up stranded and alone?
The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. Some authors focus on a hilarious mistake or one especially big day, others offer words of hope for desperate times. So whether you’re a theater kid, a band geek, a bad boy, a good girl, a loner, a stoner, a nerd, or a jock, you’ll find friends and a lot of familiar faces in Dear Teen Me.
“The breadth of emotion and experience the entries cover guarantee that almost any reader will identify with some of the situations and anxieties expressed.” — Publishers Weekly
"Along with sincere encouragement and sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious, honesty, we also get photos of the writers as teenagers—in all their goofy, once-trendy, clumsy glory; that is to say—in all their beautiful, open, hopeful, eager embraces of the life they hope to grow into." — ForeWord Reviews
Meet the Author
Miranda Kenneally is the author of Catching Jordan (fall 2011), Playing Parker (fall 2012), and Bad, Bad Thing (spring 2013). She is the co-creator of the blog Dear Teen Me. Miranda is represented by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency.
E. Kristin Anderson is the co-creater of the blog Dear Teen Me. Her poetry has been published worldwide in literary journals. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children's section. Look out for Ms. Anderson’s work in the forthcoming anthology Coin Opera II, a collection of poems about video games from Sidekick Books.
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Aptly titled Dear Teen Me, seventy YA authors share advice to teens in this compilation of essays. This format allows today's’s teens to reflect on life from advice by these authors who range in age from 18-80. This book is part of Zest Books new line of literary memoirs – “True Stories” – with guidance that comes from the hearts of the authors as they navigate the challenges of their teen lives. Photographs and brief biographies of the respective authors along with cartoon-like illustrations supplement the text. Question and Answer sections provide answers from the authors on such questions as: What was your most embarrassing moment? Today’s teen will learn that he or she is not the only one who has challenges during these difficult years, and will find hope and inspiration in these pages.