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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,354 ratings  ·  176 reviews
If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book sig
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I inhaled the first one hundred pages of this volume in one sitting, and then I was trying figure out why that was. Moreover, I was trying to figure out why I was enjoying this book so much more than It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, which I anticipated loving... and then didn't.

After another hundred pages of The Letter Q, I figured it out: I liked the specificity. The authors, actors, artists, and other creatives in this volume are addressing th
Jennifer Rayment
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Good Stuff

David Levithan's essay was so hilarious yet sweet and honest - will now be looking for some of his writing
A good mixture of humour, sadness and anger
The message of hope and forgiveness is so prevalent and beautifully and honestly done
Very powerful and inspiring
Brian Selznick's essay was extremely funny and tender
Martin Moran's essay is heartbreaking, so brave to have told his story - such strength of character and a very inspiring story to those LGBT youths with thoughts of su

The Letter Q is a series of letters written from several gay authors to their younger selves. Many of these letter are affirmations, positive declarations about who the younger person will become. This collection is edited by Sarah Moon.

Within the pages of this slim book the reader will find 64 of the most provocative, sad, enlightening, inspiring tales you may ever read. The tales vacillate from comic to tragic and all of the in-betweens. I found a little bit of wisdom to come out of ever sing
Jude Watson
Apr 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish, such a mixed bag. The letters by authors and artists I love were predictably fabulous (Erika Moen, Michael Cunningham), and it was sweet to read their reflections about their younger selves, but really I think this book is marketing itself falsely. I got two thirds through without a singe letter by a trans person, at which point I gave up. If you're going to exclude trans people, just say that your book is for LGB people. Otherwise I will get the rages. Which I did. If you can't e ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful collection of stories written by adults to their younger selves. It is basically 64 people saying to young people to hang in there because life really does get better with every life experience you have.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I really wish there were letters from trans folks in this. So, that was disappointing.
An okay read as long as you don't expect to find a single entry by a transgender person.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to laugh and cry and relate way to hard to every word and finish in an afternoon.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: gay & lesbian teens
actual rating: 2.5 stars.

I really wanted to rate this higher.

On the one hand, I love the concept: a bunch of adult queer writers and the advice they'd give younger versions of themselves. It's a beautiful concept, and one that I think could really help today's teens. That being said, this book is marketed as a queer / LGBT+ book, when it's 85% L/G with a splash of B for color.

Assuming I didn't miss something super subtle, none of the 65 essays are written by trans authors. Not a single essay m
C.E. G
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Perhaps it would have been a better experience if I hadn't wolfed down the book in two or three sittings, because at times the stories started feeling redundant. But all the pieces were heartfelt, many were beautifully written, and there are diverse voices in here, though a little more diversity is always a desirable improvement.

The comics were great, especially the ones by Lucy Knisley and Michael DiMotta. And I loved Diane DiMassa's piece for its grit and refusal to sugar coat adul
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book a mixed bag, but that’s a good thing. The letters are usually short, 3-4 pages of the small format hardcover, and some of them were absolutely heartbreaking and so relatable for me. Others were “meh.” And there are A LOT of them, so near the end of the book I got tired and started skimming. I kept it fresh by usually only reading a few a day.
Simon Vandereecken
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, young-adults
Un ensemble d'auteurs qui prennent la plume pour écrire aux jeunes adolescents qu'ils/elles ont été. Extrêmement touchant, plein d'espoir sans tomber dans la béatitude, terre à terre mais salvateur. Triste de constater que les pensées suicidaires sont malheureusement le lot quand on découvre notre différence, mais heureux de voir toutes ces figures venir redonner de l'espoir et insuffler que l'on surmonte et dompte ces pensées, allant même jusqu'à puiser en elles pour grandir. Touchant.

"Don’t ev
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A friend let me borrow this book. I had to take breaks from it. It's heartbreaking and hopeful. Too real. I identified with so much in each letter. We have come a long way, but we still have e a long way to go.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely, lovely idea. Now I think I'm going to write to teenage me...
Jordan Ziemba
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this eye-opening non-fiction book, The Letter Q. The editor Sarah Moon found and asked sixty-four gay, lesbian, and bisexual writers, illustrators and publishers to write letters to their younger selves. This is a collection of letter and comics, giving themselves advice on what they could have done better to make their lives a little brighter growing up as LGBT. Making reference to the painful times such as bulling, self-harm and thoughts of suicide. These letters can be a very powerful and ...more
Christa  Seeley
Originally posted at Hooked on Books

How do I even begin to write a review of this collection? No matter what I write it won't be enough to express the impact this The Letter Q had on me.

Every single letter in this collection was incredibly thoughtful, moving and most of all brave. These authors really put themselves out there. All their fears, struggles, confession - they didn't hold back. And I have a huge amount of respect for them. It couldn't have been easy for Julie Anne Peters to admit tha
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful idea for a book! Sixty-four authors and illustrators write letters to their younger selves, offering advice and inspiration. In a sort of "If I'd known then what I know now" fashion, the short entries offer insight into their lives as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals. All are reminders that it does get better if you can just hold on. After all, high school is not life, and there is hope for everyone. Because the letters come from so many different creative spi ...more
Lelia Taylor
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-reviews
The Letter Q:
Queer Writers’ Notes To Their Younger Selves
Sarah Moon, editor
James Lecesne, contributing editor
Arthur A. Levine Books, May 2012
ISBN 978-0-545-39932-6
Hardcover (ARC)

The title of this remarkable anthology says it all—a multitude of LGBT authors, more than sixty of them, have come together to tell themselves as young adults what they wish they had known back then. In doing so, they also are reaching out to today’s youth who are struggling with their sexual identities, letting them kno
Jacob Wade
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you could tell your younger self anything, absolutely anything, what would you say. Well that’s what The Letter Q edited by Sarah Moon showcased, but the special thing about this book was that fact that it was comprised of all queer writers(LGBT). I was attracted to this book because I was extremely interested in what someone would tell themselves and then use their advice to apply to myself in order to enhance my life.

As a whole, this book had everything from the boy who dreamed of having a
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a collection of letters, notes, and comic strips from sixty-four award-winning writers and illustrators such as Michael Cunningham, Terrence McNally, Amy Bloom, Armistead Maupin, David Leavitt, Christopher Rice, and Susan Stinson. Each of these “letters” are messages the authors have written to their younger selves to ease the bumpy road of growing up an lgbt youth, all in the tone of “It Gets Better.” They give bracingly honest reasons for young people to tough it out, and hold out for ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Letter Q is a poignant collection of countless letters from several LGBT authors to their younger selves holding hope, wisdom and hindsight. The book is beautifully bound, its pages smooth and able to withstand time and tears. The short letters invite the reader into the heads and personal lives of not the children these authors were but also the adults they have become. While many of the letters entreat their younger selves not to give in, not to give up and not to capitulate to what societ ...more
This collection of letters from LGBT writers to their younger selves is, for the most part, a fascinating and marvelous compilation. Infused with hope, these letters are projected as the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, many of them containing universal truths that stretch far beyond simply the measure of gay or straight. Serving as a reminder that each of the trials of adolescence will carve a path towards a full and enriched life, the messages confront the deeply personal struggles o ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia-ya
Many of the letters to the authors' teen selves in The Letter Q knotted up my stomach and / or brought tears to my eyes. They write with an honesty that is at times poignant, and at other times, are funny and heartwarming. Although it's directed toward LGBT teens, I think readers of all ages and sexual orientations will enjoy this book, and of course, buying this book is sure to save lives. Why? Well, part of the profits will go toward the Trevor Project, the leading, national nonprofit organiza ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
really, smashingly, fantastic; often moved me to tears.

this compilation works so well because it's so personal and partly because they're all following a prompt - to write a letter to your younger self.

it was so interesting and enlightening to see how these writers thought of themselves, to see how they struggled, the love they have now (whether physical, emotional, or general) and to see at what age they choose to address themselves. at what point in their lives did they choose and for what re
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
A spin-off from the "It Gets Better" project, this book is a collection of essays by GLBT writers who are writing letters of encouragement to their younger selves. While the concept is interesting, and many of these are really great, there are a LOT of them. I literally started getting bored about half way through and began skimming through an essay to see if it was more-of-the-same or worth reading more carefully.
Actually 3,5: I did enjoy most of The Letter Q, but it did get a bit repetitive after a while and sadly there are no letters from trans writers (and I think asexual writers are also missing, but I could be wrong... Which is telling because apparently Im already forgetting most of these letters.)

Still a book full of hopeful messages for readers of all ages.
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Honest, encouraging, humorous, loving, sincere -- this collection of letters by queer writers captures why it's beautiful to be alive. The diversity of the authors featured in terms of age, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity is also refreshing.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of letter in which gay authors write to their younger selves. Some of these are so sweet, so lovely and strangely so full of hope. They did become a bit repetitive for me, so might be better read in short bursts with something else in between.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the premise of the (2012) book, The Letter Q (edited) by Sarah Moon & James Lecesne ~ with the idea that we might write a letter to our younger selves, in order to resolve some incidental, certainly at some time incendiary, still uncomfortable issue from our past, in order to reaffirm who, what & where we have become in our future state-of-mind. As if our younger selves were still out there somewhere & could affect a change from the past to alter somehow our contemporary selve ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqa, non-fiction
This was, truly, so wonderful.

"When you encounter people who have small minds or tiny hearts [...], try not to be too discouraged. Don't take it personally and don't waste time convincing yourself that they have the right idea. They don't. Remind yourself that they may be members of your species, but they do not belong to your tribe - and you won't belong to theirs. Go find your own people. And don't allow anyone to make you feel bad because of who you are. Ever."

This is a book's worth of perso
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