Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

by E. Kristin Anderson


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Dear Teen Me includes reflections and advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves.

The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss. Who found true love at 18? And who wishes he’d had more fun in high school, instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art.

Whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends—and a lot of familiar faces—in the course of Dear Teen Me.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936976218
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Series: True Stories Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 471,056
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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.

E. Kristin Anderson, co-creater of the blog Dear Teen Me, has worked on the editorial staff at Hunger Mountain. Her work has been featured in the anthology Coin Opera II, a collection of poems about video games from Sidekick Books.

Table of Contents

Want. Take. Have E. Kristin Anderson 10

Contents Under Pressure Jessica Lee Anderson 14

Shhhhhh! Tom Angleberger 16

Frame Me and Nail Me to the Wall Sean Beaudoin 18

Re-inventing Me Charles Benoit 20

9 Things You Should Know About Your Life Robin Benway 22

The Knife Ilsa J. Bick 28

Dance Dance Revolution Marke Bieschke 32

First Kiss…Ish Joseph Bruchac 34

Trust is as Important as Love Jessica Burkhart 36

Thank You, Oily Pizza Josh A. Cagan 38

There's No Such Thing as Impossible Riley Carney 40

The Future Isn't Everything Terra Lynn Childs 42

The Principal's Office Jessica Corra 44

Raising Me Heather Davis 46

Getting Stood Up Daniel Ehrenhaft 48

Losing Your Sight Shouldn't Mean Losing Your Rights Laura Ellen 50

I Hope You Dance-to the Theme from Bonanza Beth Fantaskey 54

Jekyll & Hyde Caridad Ferrer 56

Be Honest With Yourself Michael Griffo 58

The Skinny GirlcJanet Gurtler 60

It is About to Get Worse Kersten Hamilton 62

Going All the Way Bethany Hegedus 64

You Are the Electric Boogaloo Geoff Herbach 66

No Calls from Spielberg Yet Faith Erin Hicks 68

When Dance Was Your World Nancy Holder 72

Lois Lowry and the Space-Time Continuum vs. Boys K.A. Holt 76

Seeping Through the Cracks P.J. Hoover 78

Finding Your Voice Ellen Hopkins 80

Who Needs Luck? Stacey Jay 88

Seizures Carrie Jones 90

Regarding Your Commendable Decision to Live Mike Jung 94

Getting Past the Fear Stasia Ward Kehoe 98

Bad Girl Tara Kelly 100

Pick Up the Phone and Call Him Back. Right. Now. Miranda Kenneally 102

He Broke More Than Your Heart Stephanie Kuehnert 106

Hope Until the Last Second Mary Lindsey 108

The Ramifications of Mouthing Off to Cute Boys Nikki Loftin 110

What Will Define You Katherine Longshore 112

Winging It Ken Lowery 114

Balancing Black and White Kekla Magoon 116

What the Bully Stole Mari Mancusi 118

All the World's a Stage Gretchen McNeil 120

The Pursuit of (Moments of) Happiness Jodi Meadows 122

This is Not Your Story Saundra Mitchell 124

Get Better Hannah Moskowitz 130

What I Really Want Jenny Moss 134

Dancing With the Dead Sarah Ockler 136

Best Friends Forever (For Real) Lauren Oliver Elizabeth Miles 140

Just Be Yourself Stephanie Pellegrin 144

First Kiss Mitali Perkins 146

Keep Hold of Your Strength Cheryl Rainfield 148

Special Delivery from Your Excellent Future Dave Roman 150

Stop Obsessing, Kiss That Guy, and Party Like it's 1999 Jess Rothenberg 154

All Roads Lead Somewhere Jennifer Rush 158

Smile! Amy Kathleen Ryan 160

Sing It Out Tom Ryan 162

I'm Not Going to Give You Any Good Advice Leila Sales 164

The Friend I Thought Was Long Gone Cynthia Leitich-Smith 166

Finding Him Jessica Spotswood 168

Boys Boys Boys Erika Stalder 170

Chunky Rhonda Stapleton 172

Keeping Quiet Mariko Tamaki 174

Stolen Jeans, Smoke Rings and Self-Esteem Don Tate 176

You're So Right But So Wrong Melissa Walker 178

100% True, Guaranteed Tracy White 180

All Kinds of Sexy Jo Whittemore 182

What is a Friend? Sara Zarr 184

Facing Facts: Make-Overs Jennifer Ziegler 188

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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.
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