Dear Teen Me:
Authors Write Letters To Their Teen Selves
edited by: E. Kristin Anderson
and Miranda Kenneally
IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW…
–Reflections and advice from over 70 young adult authors writing to
their teen selves
How many times have you looked back on your teenage years and cringed, wishing you could offer your younger self some advice and guidance? That is exactly the premise behind Dear Teen Me, (Zest Books, October 2012) a book that began as a Twitter conversation between editors Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally about their love for 90’s pop group Hanson. The letters included in Dear Teen Me are by 70 authors ranging in age from 18-80 and cover a wide variety of topics including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurity to fill an auditorium.
Among the contributing authors for Dear Teen Me are six New York Times bestsellers including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder. Some authors chose to write diary entries, some chose letters and a few graphic novelists turned their stories into visual art, but they all offer invaluable wisdom and advice to young readers.