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 Teen Me from author Beth Harbison (IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME, DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN, HOPE IN A JAR)

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 […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Danielle L. Jensen (STOLEN SONGBIRD, HIDDEN HUNTRESS)

Dear Teen Danielle, You are a horse-crazed girl. You know that, of course – you do spend six days a week at the barns. Seven, if you can swing it. The walls of your bedroom and the inside of your locker are coated with photos of your horses. Your bookshelves are full of books about […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Michael P. Spradlin (THE KILLING SEAS, THE YOUNGEST TEMPLAR)

Dear Teen Mike, You’ve always been a sucker for lists. Growing up, during baseball season, you’d read the paper every morning to see who was leading the American League in hitting, RBI’s and home runs. You loved the Guinness Book of World Records and The Big Book of Lists (they had you at ‘lists’). Once […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Sharon T. Rose (LEAP OF SPACE, SPACE TO RUN)

Dear (pre)Teen Me, You are twelve years old, and you’ve just experienced the worst betrayal possible. It isn’t that the girl at school pretended to be your friend and LIED to you. It isn’t that the loss of that one person who understood you feels like losing part of your soul. It isn’t that no […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Katherine Center (HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS, THE BRIGHT SIDE OF DISASTER)

Dear Teen Katherine, Here’s my gift to you for the coming years: A list of five boys NOT to kiss. 1. Do not kiss that boy from your geometry class during Truth or Dare. He will stiffen his tongue and wield it around like something he caught deep-sea fishing. You will never forget the feel […] […]

Dear Teen Me from Amy Impellizzeri (LEMONGRASS HOPE)

Dear Teen Me, You are in such a rush. To get started with this whole real life thing. To get there. You are so anxious to start law school, but first you have to suffer through these last few weeks of high school and then college. Let’s go, already. I can almost see you mouthing […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Samantha Bryant (GOING THROUGH THE CHANGE)

Dear Teen Me, Hello, sixteen-year-old me from forty-four-year old future you! There you are on the beginning of the hormonal roller coaster, and here I am at the other end. Spoiler alert: It sucks on both ends. So here’s my chance to tell you all the things I wish I knew then. I wonder, if […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Jen Estes (FIFTEEN, The Cat Mc Daniel Mystery Series)

Dear Jenny, Guess what? The world doesn’t revolve around you. Did that just blow your mind? Nah, ‘cause you’re not listening anyway. I’m guessing you just rolled your eyes and went back to the “cool table”, to the spot you earned with gratuitous cleavage and a fake ID. But you know what you should do […] […]