Dear Teen Me from author Mari Mancusi (SCORCHED, SMOKED, GAMER GIRL, the Blood Coven series)

Dear Teen Me, Don’t be afraid to go after what you want. Well, except for that ex-boyfriend of yours, that is. Go ahead and let him go. Trust me, he’s not coming back—no matter how much it seems like he might. No matter how much he flirts with you—he doesn’t want you as his girlfriend […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Matthew De Abaitua (IF THEN, THE RED MEN)

Dear Teen Me, Before we begin. Personal hygiene. You’ve been raised with the personal hygiene routine of a Depression-era slum. Baths once a week and then, when a shower is finally installed, showers once a week. I know mum says that, as a child, you gave off a lovely smell of lamb chops – but […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Shane Kuhn (HOSTILE TAKEOVER, THE INTERN’S HANDBOOK)

Dear Fourteen-year-old Shane, First off, you’ve always been wrong about your hair at that age. It is feathered. You nailed it. This is one disco-themed regret you can cross off your list. Your sister Tina was the Laura Ashley roller rink queen with the cowl neck sweaters, gold chains and duck wing hair. You were […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Yolonda Tonette Sanders (SHADOW OF DEATH, DAY OF ATONEMENT, WAGES OF SIN)

Dear Yolonda, People see you as outgoing, but they don’t know that you’ve become a master at masking your pain. You’re hurt. Broken. You don’t realize the potential that is inside of you for greatness. You always feel like you’re not good enough . . . smart enough . . . pretty enough. Those are […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Lori Rader-Day (LITTLE PRETTY THINGS)

Dear Teen Me, You’re OK. I mean, you’re not. In a few years, your parents will get divorced. That is not going to be a good time. And it will take you a long time to find in life some of the things everyone else seems to have, like a boyfriend, and the friend who […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Guillermo Luna (THE ODD FELLOWS)

Dear Teen Me: First, practically all the people you know in high school you’ll never see again after graduation. Two individuals you will continue to have contact with and one of those individuals is your brother. Consequently, don’t put too much importance in what people say about you or how they treat you. Enjoy the […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Ted Kosmatka (THE FLICKER MEN, THE GAMES, PROPHET OF BONES)

Dear Teen Ted, There’s a bunch that I could tell you to help you avoid the freight train of pain and hardship barreling down the tracks at you, but I won’t. Don’t be angry with me. Most of the good things that have happened in your life have come out of those bad things, in […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Courtney Sloan (OF SCIONS AND MEN)

Dear Court, (Yeah, I know Mom hates nicknames, but you’ve always wanted one and it’s the best we got.) Before I get started, I already feel your eye roll coming on. Save it. You’ll have plenty to roll your eyes at as you learn more about this world, so don’t waste it now on people […] […]


Dear 13-year-old-me, You’re too young to date. Clearly you have some karma to work out with that guy, but you don’t need to do it at this age. Karma will keep finding its own opportunities, but you will never be able to be a kid again. Be a kid. Dear 14-year-old-me, Well, you went ahead […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Camille Griep (LETTERS TO ZELL)

Dear Cami at sixteen, I have started and stopped this letter as many times as years we are now. Partly because I don’t know where to start. I know you’re under the impression you’re already an adult because you have a convertible and can pass for (gasp) a college student when you’re out with the […] […]