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Dear Me: A Letter To My Sixteen Year Old Self

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If you were to write a letter to your 16-year-old self, what would it say? In Dear Me, some of the world's best loved personalities have written just such a letter. Dear Me includes letters from three knights, a handful of Oscar winners, a bevy of Baftas, an intrepid explorer, a few teenage pop stars, an avid horticulturalist, pages and pages of bestselling authors, a dish ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Simon & Schuster
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Tressa
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
What a neat concept for a book. In Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self, Joseph Galliano has enlisted seventy-five celebrities to write letters full of advice, warnings, and encouragement to their sixteen-year-old selves. With a group that includes writers, singers, actors, and musicians, old and young, you won't be surprised that the letters range from the humorous to the serious to the touching.

Some of my favorite advice:

Dear Angie, Treasure your abilities: you won't always have them.
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kylajaclyn
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
What an inspired and charming book. I'd like to see another one published with letters from Everyday Joes (and Janes). In the spirit of this book, I am going to write a letter to my 16-year-old self too. I think everyone should do the same!!

Dear Ky (Miss 16),

What baggage you will have in the future! But as heavy as it is, it's all you, girl! I am here from the future to dispense a bit of advice to you. My first thought penny is that you should take everything with a grain of salt, including all
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Laala Alghata
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
“You seem to spend a lot of time laughing: that’s good. You’ll remember laughing like that when you’re old.” — Joanna Lumley

This is a really, really lovely book. I adore it. It is what the title states — lots of celebrities and personalities writing letters to themselves when they were 16. Most have advice, some are funny, some are sad, some are touching. It doesn’t matter that these people are famous. That may be why some people buy it, but that’s not what you get from the pages. If you’re youn
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Clare Holman-Hobbs
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really great collection of letters, and interesting to see the differences between them!
Fen
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will freely admit that the only reason I even knew about this book was because my favorite actor, James Marsters, has a letter printed in it... but it was really quite an interesting read. Some of the letters were flippant, some were way more personal than I would have expected, but nearly all of them got me thinking. My favorite may have been the letter from Alan Rickman saying, basically, if in the future someone asks him to write a letter to his 16 year old self, don't do it: "Make your own ...more
Amelia
Like in any anthology, there are hits and misses. It's hard to single out anything particular for the former because they all say more or less the same thing - a Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II blend of make the most of the time you have and don't sweat the small stuff. The difference really amounts to whether there is a smattering of humour (Joanna Lumley, Emma Thompson) or a little bitterness (Annie Lennox, Lesley Manville) and more or less biographical information in the letters. As for ...more
Scott
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Too homogeneous to read more than a handful of entries in one sitting, but not meaty enough to work as a coffee table book. It casts a wide net, covering everything from bestselling authors to youtube sensations, but the same sentiments are repeated over and over, those sentiments themselves being rife with cliches.

I also take fundamental issue with the premise of the book. I know the point of it is to see what wisdom various personalities have gained in the course of their lives, and there's n
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Jayde
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: motivational
A letter to my sixteen year old self is a great concept but the book does not live up to the potential of it's idea. The letters contained within on very rare occasions invoke emotion but for the most part miss the mark and land somewhere in mediocre territory. I constantly found that my eyes were wandering down the page to judge how much more there was to go before I could gratefully turn the page, a tell tale sign of an uninteresting read. There are a few familiar big names but for the most pa ...more
Laura
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I think this book would be just as interesting if it was written by everyday people, as opposed to just those who have gone one to fame and success. Thankfully, there seem to be lots of places for people to post their own (the book's website, Facebook page, Twitter, etc.) which I think I'll enjoy checking out. This also made me think a lot about what I would write to myself, which has proved to be an interesting thought exercise.
Edwina Callan
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book, 2012
75 celebrities, (writers, musicians, athletes and actors) are asked to write a letter to their "Sixteen-Year-old Self."
I enjoyed reading most of the letters, but, there were a few where the hand-writing was simply so illegible, that I had to give up on trying to decipher it and move on to the next page.
Other than that little bit of bother, it was a really good book.
Sharon
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-this-one
Great book, that inspired me to think what would I say to my sixteen year old self, and how would I advise myself.

Love the fact that most of the writers at some point usually tell themselves to not start smoking.

Good little book, I just wish I knew more of who some of the contributors are.
Ozy
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog
capodanno 2012

Eccomi, come ogni Capodanno, a fermarmi per qualche giorno a pensare, e alla fine a raccomandare agli amici un libro che mi sembra particolarmente adatto a capire l'anno appena trascorso e a prepararci a quello che arriva.

Il libro di quest'anno si intitola Caro Me: lettera a me stesso sedicenne (Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self, Autori Vari, a cura di Joseph Galliano, Atria Books, ottobre 2011). 75 scrittori, atleti, attori, scrivono a altrettanti se stessi adolescenti
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Mitch Lavender
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
If you wrote a letter to your sixteen-year-old self, what would you say?

In Dear Me – A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self (Hardback, 128 pages, Simon and Schuster, $20), that is the topic addressed by 75 celebrities, writers, musicians, athletes and actors. They offer words or encouragement, reassurance, warning and advice.

Initially, I was attracted to this book because of the entries by authors; I wanted to see what Stephen King would say to his younger self. I did read that, and I expected the
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Roxanne
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of letters that are being written from various well-known celebrities and successful people. They are letters they are writing to themselves. They are their sixteen-year-old selves writing nuggets of wisdom that only time exposed to them.

This book was fun to read and worth reflecting on.

A few of my most touching individuals:

Angie Dickinson - Treasure your abilities; you won't always have them.
James Woods - Call someone in your family every single day.
Jodi Picoult - Calc
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Isis
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
I became interested in Dear Me: A Letter to My 16 Year-Old Self when I discovered that many celebrities I look up to and admire had written letters to their younger selves, and all were compiled into this book. Then, as a surprise birthday present from my sister, I received a copy. I immediately started the book, and it was so much more than I imagined.

The letters vary on topic, style, and intent. Some are hilarious while others have a much more somber tone. My favorites can be found somewhere i
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Ari Santillanes
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the content of the letters got repetitive, but I think that just speaks to the universality of life's journeys. I was looking forward to the letters of the celebrities I admire a lot, but was surprised at how touching I found some of the letters by celebs I'd barely given a second thought to before. Elvira's letter to her younger self was so sincere and void of camp! I might start carrying a handkerchief, thanks to Graydon Carter's (Editor of Vanity Fair) list of all the possible uses. A ...more
Em
Jan 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: epistolary, 2011
The premise of this book is that a number of actors, writers, sports stars, comedians and musicians (among others) write a letter to themselves at 16 with words of wisdom, humour, reassurance and advise. Proceeds from the book go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Stand-outs for me are Stephen Fry (that probably goes with out saying) but also Baz Luhrmann who's heartfelt letter shows just how much understanding he has gained about his relationship with his Father - parents can baffle and frustrat
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Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
I just found this at the library today and thought it sounded interesting! I stood there in the aisle reading the many letters written by famous people to their 16 year old self. Some were eloquent-so funny-some foreboding-some happy-some sad. Of course I found Hugh Jackman's letter to himself first because I love that man! hahaha What would you say to your 16 year old self? I think a rough draft letter to my 16 year old self would be something like-
Dear Eri-
Hey sweetie! How's that red oldsmobil
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Melinda
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
I did not read the entire book because I only read the stories that interested me. I read Erykah Badu, Alan Cummings, Seth Green, James Avery, Rose McGowan, Michelle Rodriguez, Ricki Lake and Pauly Shore. All of the authors that I read really engaged with the idea of what they could give to their younger selves that would have made a difference. They focused on letting go of the things that didn't matter and bolstering self-esteem. Things were hard but you made it through. For me Seth Green's wa ...more
Amanda
This was a very quick read. I'm not entirely sure what I really expected from it. I guess maybe some interesting insight into people who are now well known accomplished people. I enjoyed a few letters more than others, but overall it is an ok read. I think aside from getting an insight into these well known people and to see what kind of advice or wisdom they would like to have known then is the fact that this is written in letter form. I always like to read letters in books and this was a reall ...more
Billie
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I bought this book because my favorite musician of all time had a letter published to his 16-year-old self (Rob Thomas). I was, of course, very impressed by his letter as I think most of what he writes is poetry.

With that said, the entire book impressed me. I enjoyed reading the letters from celebrities I knew, as well as from ones I'd never heard of. I go back and read it on occasion to remind me what I'd like to tell a 16-year-old me.

I bought this as a gift for a couple teenagers at the time,
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Tracy
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
“Dear Me” by Joseph Galliano was sitting on the library book shelf waiting for me to pick it up and read. I think it was another one of those timing things. I don't know the author or if he has written/edited other books. This was a quick read. The book contains letters by “famous” people written to their sixteen year old selves. (Although, I did find myself looking at the front of the book that explained who some of these people were)
Most of the letters contained warnings for this or that, all
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Jen
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, quick read. It definitely makes one think about what one would do differently if what was known now was known then...it made me think at least. It was also interesting to see what famous people would say to their 16 year old self. Most seem pretty happy with where they are, so most of it was about trying to feel better about themselves. I talked this topic over with my partner at work and he said that he would write down all the power ball numbers and the days to play them! I wo ...more
Karen
An interesting premise, and the letters range from pragmatic through inspirational. I didn't know every author, but the handy listing of short bios helped with that. A couple of young authors were not yet sixteen, so their letters looked ahead rather than back; I enjoyed the wit of Lucas Cruikshank's letter. I liked Erykah Badu's hand-drawn map of her life, James Woods' touching insights, and George Watsky's angst. But most especially, I appreciated the plights of young gay teens (specifically A ...more
Wayne McCoy
An interesting premise: If you could send a letter to yourself at 16, what would you say?

This book collects a series of letters from various celebrities and successful people, along with pictures of them at the age of 16. There is some similar advice ("stop smoking now," "talk to your loved ones before you can't anymore") along with the surprising advice to stay the course. These folks realizing that the bumps along life's road are not to be avoided, but that they are what shapes our character.
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Terri
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and fascinating collection of letters from an ecclectic group of celebrities. If you're an adult, you'll read the letters and feel like you're 16 again. You'll also wonder what you'd write to your teenage self. If you're 16 (or near there) you'll find great nuggets of wisdom and realize high school is just a small splash of paint on the masterpiece of your life.

Galliano's collection of posts offers rare and honest insight into the personal lives of celebrities who felt anything but a
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Caitlin Simm
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a really great read, and I didn't want to put it down the whole time. I got some really great advice, and when ever I could read it through out the day, I didn't put it down. I loved reading the short letters as well because they were entertaining and some were funny. Although I'm 18, I think these still apply to me so I found the advice for heartbreak, dating, friendship and life very useful. My favourite letters were by Lesley Manville, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Nadia Sawalha, Paul O ...more
Book-shelf Shelf
What a brilliant book...seriously i found this to be a book which should actually be most 16yr old's bible. This one is going to my 17 yr old so she can keep it and when she is not sure she can read some of the letters and know that life will always get better.

The other bonus is getting info from famous people as they write to themselves and you find out that actually they weren't always the confident, strong people they are now. They in their own way show the same insecurities that most people
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Mel
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much the only reason I got this book is because the intro and one of the letters is written by JKR. And those were good, definitely. Not sure if I would pay (this was a Christmas present) just to read them, but they were good.

Because this is a compilation of different people's writings the quality tends to vary. But the general theme of what people write to themselves at sixteen does tend to be much the same: you're worth being loved, enjoy life, the best is yet to come. There's also the
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Stacy
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
A neat book in concept. All of the celebrities/artists (and people in the Hollywood bubble) ideas about their 16 year old selves started to sound the same (stay quirky, your differences make you unique) and ultimately would have been a better read if different professions were thrown into the mix (philanthropists, doctors, businessmen, etc.). There were a few common themes...don't start smoking, don't experiment with drugs, use sunscreen (again, since these were mostly actors, it almost started ...more
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