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.
“Remember all those boys who broke our hearts over the years?” Ellen Hopkins writes to her childhood best friend, “Sometimes we suffered for days or weeks. Sometimes we cried, sometimes we starved, and sometimes we couldn’t stop eating—but we always leaned on each other… All that heartbreak helped us learn how to heal, and it helped us become better, and better at relationships.”
Ellen Hopkins is not alone. All the Dear Teen Me authors experienced heartbreak in one form or another and used that heartbreak to make themselves better. Now, they are here to tell teenagers everywhere that it does get better!
“This book is for you,” says editor E. Kristin Anderson, “the loners, the stoners, the freaks and the geeks, the head cheerleaders and the kids eating lunch in the library, the starting lineup, the benchwarmers, the glee club, and the marching band. This book is for everyone who has ever felt alone or misunderstood, for everyone who dreads prom and also for every teen in the homecoming court. For the wimps, the Goths and the jocks. This book is for you.”
E. Kristin Anderson has a B.A. in Classics and previously worked for The New Yorker. She currently works as an assistant editor for Hunger Mountain in Austin, Texas. With Miranda Kenneally, she founded DearTeenMe.com, the blog upon which the book is based. Her poems have been published in dozens of literary magazines all over the world.
Miranda Kenneally is the author of Catching Jordan (2011), a contemporary YA novel about football and femininity, and has just sold the film rights to Nick Wechsler. Her other books include Stealing Parker and Bad, Bad Thing. Miranda is the co-creator of DearTeenMe.com
Ellen Hopkins is a poet and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction books for children and numerous New York Times best-selling young adult novels in verse including Crank, Glass, Impulse, Burned, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles and Tilt. Her first verse novel for adults, Triangles, was published in 2011.
Nancy Holder is a multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. The Wicked saga, one of her young adult dark fantasy series, was optioned by DreamWorks and she has two other YA series: Crusade, and The Wolf Springs Chronicles. Vanquished and Hot Blooded will both be released in fall 2012.
Lauren Oliver is the New York Times best-selling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy. She is also the author of Liesl and Po, a book for younger readers, which received two starred reviews. She is also a cofounder of the literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.
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Dear Teen Me will be released on October 30, 2012