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Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  515 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
Dear Teen Me includes advice from 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 ...more
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Published October 30th 2012 by Zest Books
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Nov 19, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
We all wonder what high school would have been like if we knew then what we know now. Or at least I do. I would not have been so hard on myself, for one. But on the other hand, if you could change any part of your high school experience, would you risk losing where you ended up?

This novel is filled with high school anecdotes; from funny to heartbreaking, we get snippets of these authors lives that are honest and raw. It's such a unique and amazing experience to be able to learn more about so ma
Mar 26, 2012 Hannah added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm this anthology with a ridiculously personal letter to my 16-year-old eating disordered self. You should read it and judge me quietly. God knows I do.
Kimberly Russell
Oct 06, 2012 Kimberly Russell rated it it was amazing
I love Dear Teen Me so much, and not just because they let me do an entry for them a couple of months ago.

I think the premise is genius and I love that I get a little insight into my favorite authors. I am so happy I won this from Zest Books*! Thank you!

I really could have used this book as a teen. Seriously. There isn’t a single issue that I can think of that wasn’t address in this compilation of letters. Any issue a teen will be confronted with was spoken about. I
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
Oct 15, 2012 Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

I am so thrilled to talk about this book and encourage everyone to read/buy/scrapbook. I have been reading the Dear Teen Me blog for....a long time. When word came out that it was being made into a book I was thrilled for the editors and contributors! The day I got the book in the mail I read all the way through. I cried, literally laughed out loud, blushed, and said the word "awe" a lot. I read a few stories to my husband and kids and eventually my 14-year-old read th
Jan 26, 2015 Eileen rated it liked it
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

Dear Teen Me is the first nonfiction books I've probably ever enjoyed. It's perfect for any teen out there who needs a little inspiration in their lives after they've been through some hard and difficult things. It was certainly really emotional to see these authors tell their younger selves to stay strong, to stay focused, and to stay themselves.

Dear Teen Me is a nonfiction novel and can be read by a wide number of people, ho
Paul  Hankins
A powerful collection of letters written by some of today's most successful young adult authors to their teen-aged selves.

Among the letters and doodles found in the book are: Tom Angleberger, Cheryl Rainfield, Ellen Hopkins, Geoff Herbach, Ilsa J. Bick, and Riley Carney (hey--wait a minute--Riley just stopped being a teen, but what she has to offer is a universal struggle for many gifted and talented students today. I'm glad she's here).

Carrie Jones and Mike Jung are in the collection as are S
Nuzaifa - Word Contessa
"And yes, It does get better.Much better"

Anthologies are not something that I enjoy but I came across Dear Teen Me during Zest Books Blog Tour.There were a lot of positive reviews and I thought I'd give it a try.Dear Teen Me i a collection of letters from YA authors to their younger selves.I loved the format-mostly it consisted of letters but there were a few Q & A sections and some of it was narrated in the form of comic strips.Another feature that makes Dear Teen Me a cool read is the p
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.

Dear Teen Christina,

Life sucks right now, and, I'm not going to lie to you. High school is awful, but at least middle school is over, and, so far, that exists as the nadir of your life, and I hope that does not change (it hasn't yet). Also, in junior year, you'll make a friend, a real one, the kind of friend you'll still talk to when you're unspeakably old (aka 25). Also, teen self, you should know that your fantasies of showing up at your ten year reuni
Mary (BookHounds)
Nov 03, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it


This book is a collection letters written by popular young adult authors to themselves as teens to tell them that essentially, life does get better. Well, in some cases, it does get way worse than better, but eventually, things do look up. There are all kinds of confessions involved here, some of my favorite authors have dealt with illness, abuse and more adversaries that make my life look like a fairy tale. Most have been threatened by bullies, a lot have had family members d
Gretchen Hohmeyer
Oct 22, 2012 Gretchen Hohmeyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, reviewed, on-amazon
You may notice that this book has no rating. Certainly it will have to have one on Amazon, Goodreads and the like because they demand it, but Dear Teen Me is, to me, a book that transcends ratings.

What is a rating, anyways? It is a mark of sometimes good technical storytelling, other times it is because of a person’s simple like or dislike of a book. With Dear Teen Me, the former aspect especially holds no place.

Dear Teen Me is not a story. It is a conglomeration of personal, nonfiction stories
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
Oct 18, 2012 Jenna (Bookiemoji) rated it it was amazing
DEAR TEEN ME is a book that I would recommend as required reading for all teens entering high school. That’s right teachers, librarians, principals, school boards – make note: All students should read DEAR TEEN ME during their freshman year of high school. A note to teens: That is not to say this book in any way resembles a text book. It does not. In fact, I believe that you will find that reading entries about your favorite authors when they were teens will be just about the coolest things you ...more
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Jan 29, 2016 Alma Ramos-McDermott rated it it was amazing
I love the premise of this anthology. Well known, and not so well known, Young Adult authors write letters (including some comic strips) to their teen selves with photographs from their younger days. In their writings they remember loves won and lost, bully troubles, weight struggles, suicidal thoughts, fears of coming out, physical, mental and emotional abuse, as well as other hurts and indignities suffered by their teen selves.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress
Aug 17, 2015 Lanaa rated it liked it
"Life isn't about finding the one thing you're good at and never doing anything else; it's about exploring yourself and finding out who you really are on your own terms and in your own way.
Letter: Just be yourself! by: Stephanie Pellegrin"

Pick an issue. Any issue that you struggled with or are struggling with during your teenage years. Have one in mind? Good. You will find at least one author that experienced something similar to yourself. Almost anything that I could think of, any topic had a
Magan (Rather Be Reading)
Aug 20, 2012 Magan (Rather Be Reading) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads

Where was this when I was in high school? Really enjoyed the letters & cannot stop thinking about how far I've come since those confusing high school years.
Oct 29, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I've been a frequent follower of the Dear Teen Me website since its start. Therefore, when I heard about the Dear Teen Me book I was beyond excited! I couldn't wait to see what letters and other fun tidbits they would include. Luckily, it was everything I expected, and lots more.

Let me list the reasons why I LOVED it:

(1) The format: I loved the way they presented each letter with the letter itself as well as a picture of the author as a teen and their bio. It was cute, and I just adored all the
Oct 29, 2012 Jodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The idea of writing a letter to your teen self is a wonderful idea. If only I could've done this and learned from the very letter that I addressed to myself... So many times you come across teens that "know" everything. Wait, I think that's all teens! And truth is, I probably wouldn't have even listened to myself. Reading Dear Teen Me brought up a very wide range of emotions. I found letters that I could cope with, letters containing mad humor, and letters with deep and heartfelt thoughts and su ...more
Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
Nov 17, 2012 Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Dear Teen Me is the book that keeps on giving. It gives you hope, inspiration, happiness and encouragement. Hours of content that will just fill you with so much emotion.

Authors like Ellen Hopkins, Lauren Oliver, Carrie Jones and so many more share their embarrassing moments, their deepest secrets, the triumphs and their failures. They bare it all to us, for one reason, to tell you that you are not alone. To show you that you are in wonderful company. You have a band of brothers. To know that s
Ashley Chen
Oct 27, 2012 Ashley Chen rated it it was amazing
First off I like to say how the idea of such a book is just fantastic. I would definitely recommend to all YA to read it, especially for those who like to read Chicken Soup books. It really remind people that authors are people. I know all these authors are all well-known and if you are a book lover like me, you kind of worship them on this high pedestal of epic awesomeness. But this book really made me brought these authors down to levels where I can connect with them. It made me realize that t ...more
Oct 31, 2012 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves is for past and present teens who felt like they were in the darkest depths of a pit. It is also for anyone who grew up aspiring to become a published writer. In Dear Teen Me, you’ll find close to seventy letters written by published authors to their teen selves.

We all have our idols. For some it’s movie stars or athletes. For me, it’s authors. I devour every and all author biographies I can find. My favorite types of authors, of course, a
Sel (◠‿◕✿)
Nov 08, 2012 Sel (◠‿◕✿) rated it it was amazing
A Bookcase to Heaven review.


For those who know me, I never ever ever read non-fiction. And all the way until three weeks ago, I had not the slightest inclination of ever breaking that rule.

But, you know, when I saw this book with all the familiar names of authors like Jess Rothenberg (The Catastrophic History of You and Me), Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked) and Nancy Holder (who wrote so so many dear novels in the Once Upon a Time series), I suddenly had that impossible urge to know what insecu
Book Whales
Nov 10, 2012 Book Whales rated it really liked it
Originally posted @ Book Whales

First of all, I’m not really a non-fiction type of reader but this book became my first ever from the genre. I enjoyed it so much. I even brought this book to work which is a no no. I save people’s lives; the fact that I’m reading it during my shift is bad! But this book had completely taken my stress away. I’m in my early twenties; I’m not a teen any more. This book made me a bit nostalgic.

I only know few authors from Dear Teen Me, and I got to know new writers th
Shelley (Bella)
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

What can I say about Dear Teen Me? Well, first off...where the hell was this book when I was a teen? Oh right! A few of the authors were going through their "things" at the very same time- and some weren't even born yet. ;) Nonetheless, I really could've used a book like this back then. I found it helpful even now. I think it's really important kids understand they are not alone- in any given situation. Someone else is goi
Aug 20, 2014 Hollowspine rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, non-fiction
I reserved this book from the library thinking it would be interesting to read authors letters to themselves as teenagers, I thought perhaps it might give me some insight into teenage lives, but I found most of the letters...a bit dull. If I had looked more closely at the contents before reserving the book I would have realized that I had not read a single one of the contributing authors.

I thought that I read enough teen lit that there would be at least a couple whom I would recognize, but sadly
Cathe Olson
Dec 17, 2012 Cathe Olson rated it liked it
As a high school librarian, I was excited to read Dear Teen Me so I could share it with my students, especially as many of my favorite authors were included in the collection. I found the book just so-so, however. I was hoping for more advice for teens but this seemed more authors just summarizing events in their lives, and many were like private messages understand only to the author. While many of the events were of interest to teens, the short treatment didn't allow the reader to be really pu ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing
This was such a neat book to read. I can easily say this is my favorite anthology I've ever read. I loved reading all the different letters. I laughed, I cried, and sat there thinking "awwww" to some of them. This is one of those books I want to shove into the hands of some teens I know who are struggling, so they can see that things do get better and how some of the things that seem like the biggest deal in the world end up not being so or may even have a positive effect in the future. The page ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Estelle rated it really liked it
Wow. The whole time I was reading this I was constantly thinking of friends that might get a kick out of this too. An amazing collection of stories that have the ability to make you feel comforted and hopeful, even when the going gets tough.

Even the bios were fun to read... and I probably have about 100 books to add to my TBR because so many of these authors are new to me.

I definitely could see high school kids getting a kick out of something like this. It could even fit into the college environ
Ezzaoudi Ghalia
Jan 12, 2016 Ezzaoudi Ghalia rated it it was amazing

The book “Dear Teen Me” is a book written by many authors such as Ellen Hopkins,Stacey Jay, Nancy Holder and many others and has been edited by Kristin Anderson and Miranda Keneally. The book is about authors who write letters to their younger selves. My favorite letter was Heather Davis’s. Her letter is entitled “Raising Me”. In the letter that she wrote to her younger-self, Heather, the author, talks about how her life was without her divorced-mother, who left her and her sisters living with t
Laura Gayle
Jul 20, 2015 Laura Gayle rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-13-25
This book was a compilation of letters written by successful adults. These letters were addressed to teens, but not just any teens--their own teen selves. It went through various authors, business people, mothers, artists, fathers, and many other types of people. The letters brought up memories about childhood, about the struggle of the teenage existence. The letters reminded the reader of hard times in their past--like when their father was constantly drunk, or when they got caught cheating in ...more
Sinai C.
Jul 16, 2014 Sinai C. rated it it was amazing
As a teenager reading this, I can actually relate to this book a lot. The obsessive worrying about weight, and how I look, and whether or not this boy likes me, etc. And while the majority of the stories were about topics like that (some of which were very light-hearted and others which were very serious), you had a few oddballs like driving a drunk girl home, or thanking oneself for choosing to live, or thinking back to how awesome Prom night was, even though you weren't at Prom--so there's a l ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Diana rated it it was ok
So, the concept behind this book is awesome: writers send letters back in time to their teen selves. It sounds like it would be right up my alley, as an adult writer who had a tough time as a teenager. However, the letters quickly become repetitive and boring; it felt like nine out of ten of them were something like "Don't worry, teen me! When you're an adult, you will be successful, hot, interesting, and rich!" Don't get me wrong, I do think teens need to know that "it gets better." Sending enc ...more
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E. Kristin Anderson is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author who grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time she worked for the lovely folks at The New Yorker magazine, but she soon packed her bags and moved to Austin, Texa ...more
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