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Dear Teen Me includes 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? 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. And 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.
At first, I thought it was going to be pretty cool to read what authors had to say to their teen selves. But it wasn’t…it was AMAZING. These letters were so much more than I thought they were going to be. Some were funny, some serious, some heartbreaking. I have more respect for a lot of these authors than I did before and I was surprised by some of the very serious issues many of them have dealt with and the message of courage and love being sent out to the people who read these letters. The letters are so honest and encouraging. Many of the letters are from well known authors we all love and there is a website you can visit if you would like to read even more letters. Not a long review, but you just have to read this book!
Fast read, encouraging, honest, very touching.