Dear Teen Me from author Melanie Bishop (MY SO-CALLED RUINED LIFE)

Dear Teen Me: Scene: You are sixteen, in the front seat of a big white Lincoln Town Car, being driven home by a large man in a cream-colored suit. He smells of bad, stale, men’s cologne. For the last eight hours (6pm till 2am) you have endured the worst babysitting job of your long babysitting […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Michelle Brafman (WASHING THE DEAD)

Dear Teen Me, The good news is that you’re not as dumb as you think. The bad news is that you’re not as smart as you think. Let’s start with the dumb. If something bores you, you ignore it. Therefore, you bomb standardized tests and stink at algebra. Who gives a hoot that rate multiplied […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Kristi Belcamino (The Gabriella Giovanni Mysteries)

Dear Teen Me, First, let’s talk about that one girl. The one who, at the time, you swore had ruined your life. Let’s talk about that really pretty popular girl who not only ripped your best friend away from you, but who bullied you in the halls afterward. The girl who, surrounded by her bevy […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Edward Aubry (UNHAPPENINGS)

Dear Teen Me, ADD is a real thing. You have it, it’s going to go undiagnosed and untreated, and nobody will ever cut you any slack for it. Let’s get all that on the table right up front. It’s why things that seem pretty easy for lots of other people are impossibly confusing to you. […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Vanessa Blakeslee (JUVENTUD)

Dear Vanessa at 19, You don’t have AIDS, no matter what you think about having not been careful enough with condoms just before high school graduation. And this may come as a surprise, but you’re not alone in your belief. On the day that you and your lunch table crew—Kelly, Renee, Amy and Jessica—exchange hushed […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Andrew Buckley (STILTSKIN)

Dear Teen Me, If you’re reading this, it means we’re dead. It means the mission failed. It means while we hurtled across the charred landscape of what used to be North America, riding our trusty space bike with the twin turbo, crystal-fuelled, nuclear reactor engines, on our way to rescue the President of the World, […] […]


Dear Teen Me, All of those things you don’t understand, all of those protocols and rules that seem so arbitrary, are there for a reason. People can’t just abandon them because they don’t make sense to you. If you don’t learn to follow those protocols, people often can’t even hear you speak. As hard as […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Ann Aptaker (CRIMINAL GOLD, TARNISHED GOLD)

Dear Teen Me, It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about you, and now, talking to you, thinking again about all those clumsy attempts to fit in, those efforts to please an unpleasable family, that desperate—and at the time, pretty dangerous (but I gotta admit, pretty classy!)—costuming to express the real Queer you, my […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Alma Alexander (WOLF, WORLDWEAVERS, THE SECRETS OF JIN-SHEI)

Dear Teen Me, You stand in the cusp between the What Was and What Is To Come. When you were four, you taught yourself to read, and then never stopped – you read any book that came to hand, you read EVERYTHING. You knew early that words were your thing. Back when you were five, […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Sandra Block (THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME, LITTLE BLACK LIES)

Dear Teen Me, Yes, you are a geek. Pretending otherwise would just be insulting for us both. Your hair is poodle-curly. Your eyebrows are overtaking your face (dear Lord, did no one tell you about waxing?). Your style sense is “all your own” (no, Chuck Taylors should not be bedazzled). And your jokes lead to […] […]