Dear Teen Me from author Wendy Fox (THE SEVEN STAGES OF ANGER)

Dear Teen Me, You are 14, and you are in the choir. You love the choir, even though sometimes you are frustrated with the kids who are only taking it for their arts elective, because they don’t practice at home. Still, it is the happiest part of your school day, feeling the sound coming from […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Lesléa Newman (OCTOBER MOURNING, I CARRY MY MOTHER)

To the teenager formally known as me, Oh, honey. I know you hate her. Or at least you think you do. You hate her because she criticizes your clothes (“If you’re such a peacenik, why do you wear army pants?”) and your hair (“Get those shaggy bangs out of your eyes.”) You hate her because […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Adina Senft (HERB OF GRACE, KEYS OF HEAVEN)

Dear Teen Me Teen Me, I know it’s not easy being the only plain girl in a public high school. The other kids don’t understand that wearing a modest dress instead of jeans is part of your “example” to the lost—and it’s a sacrifice, too, because pulling on nylon stockings after gym class when you’ve […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Val Dumond (PANDORA’S HUNNERT JANUARYS)

Hi, Little Petunia, Have you ever heard the song? I’m a lonely little petunia in an onion patch. Won’t someone come and play with me? I speak to you from the other end of the lifeline, and have to ask, “What the heck are you doing in this onion patch? You don’t belong here. You […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Frederick Smith (PLAY IT FORWARD, RIGHT SIDE OF THE WRONG BED, DOWN FOR WHATEVER)

Dear Teen Me, “Like sands through the hour glass, these are the Days of our Lives…” Yes, you watch soap operas. Actually, you record, sneak, and watch them because some family members disapprove of teenage boys watching them (and disapprove of you using all the blank VCR tapes). You can thank grandma, who watched One […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Lisa T. Bergren (REMNANTS: SEASON OF WONDER, REMNANTS: SEASON OF FIRE)

Dear Teen Me, Oh, Lisa. Lisa, Lisa, Lisa. There are some hard lessons ahead for you, darlin’. I’m going to try and warn you, but I know how stubborn you can be. You’ll likely have to learn the lessons the hard way. You’re experiential like that. Let’s begin with your romance with the Older Man. […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Erika T. Wurth (CRAZY HORSE’S GIRLFRIEND, INDIAN TRAINS)

Dear 16 year old Erika, I write this letter a lot to you in my head, over and over. Often before I go to sleep. Because I’m one of those people who occasionally like to delude myself into thinking that if I’d only known things before I experienced them I could have changed what came […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Connie L. Smith (TAIL LIGHTS, ENSCROLLED, EMBLAZED)

Dear Teen Me: I’ve honestly struggled with this letter, because there are so many approaches I could take in writing it. I’m not sure what the best one is, or what the theme for this letter should be. This isn’t even the first draft because I’m that unsure of what to say. You feel like […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Laura Madeline Wiseman (THE HUNGER OF THE CHEEKY SISTERS: TEN TALES)

Dear Teen Me, The school year you’ll turn thirteen, Arnold Schwarzenegger will come to your school to stand at the podium to talk athletics and sports, about doing squats and building your pecs. He will wear a blue tee shirt with a fitness logo from the government. The hippy art teacher, who wears pedal pushers […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Jerry Ellis (WALKING THE TRAIL, NATIVE AMERICAN THRILLER)

Dear Teen Me, You are seventeen and your life is about to change forever as you reach a major crossroads tonight. It’s a hot, humid night in June in the mountains of north Alabama, the old Cherokee town where you grew up. Owls hoot, fireflies flicker, dogs bark, and you can smell your own sweet […] […]