Dear Teen Me from author Matt Forbeck (MONSTER ACADEMY, DANGEROUS GAMES)

Dude: By the time you get around to writing this letter to yourself, you’re going to have a teenager of your own and several more peering over that cusp, all in partnership with your beautiful best friend in the world, a.k.a. your wife. You’ve had dozens of novels published, and you’ve won bunches of awards […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Barbara Shoup (LOOKING FOR JACK KEROUAC)

It’s 1964, a beautiful May evening, prom night, and you, 17, dateless, in a foul temper, have flung yourself across your bed, the radio turned up as loud as you dare to drown out the sound of the television blaring in the living room. You don’t cry. You are not one of those girls who […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Amanda Cyr (ZHUKOV’S DOGS)

Dear Teen Me, It’s not a phase. It’s not okay to talk about—and even if it was, nobody wants to talk to you anyway because you’re That New Girl. Again. Not The New Girl – the one whose ridiculously wealthy parents just moved across the Atlantic – no, you’re That New Girl, and by now […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Krystal Wade (CHARMING, WILDE’S FIRE)

Dear Krystal, I know you’re in pain. I know the world around you seems cruel and heartless. In many ways, it is, but you have to be stronger than the world, you have to be bigger than the world. Many horrific things happened to you, and you have reacted horribly. You’ve pushed away your friends and family. […] […]


Dear Betsy, Please don’t run away or tune me out. I’m going to tell you some things that you will not believe, and because I’m you, you must know I’ll tell the truth—which, after all, is your central issue. You are overweight. (That, you know. I’m just proving that I’m reliable and will not try […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Lois Leveen (JULIET’S NURSE)

Dear Teen Lois, Mazel tov! It’s your bat mitzvah! Today you are an adult in the Jewish community! Which seems ridiculous, because you are 13 and 3/4 years old. Even most of your teen years are ahead of you. But once upon an ancient time, this probably would have been the age at which you […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Mary Weber (STORM SIREN)

Dear Awkward Teen Me, Today you were wearing your ratty old sweatshirt and happily making chocolate chip cookies in your mom’s brown and white kitchen when you heard the news. ALL your friends were forming a BAND. A cool one—like the garage versions you’ve always dreamed of being a part of. Like Kurt Cobain and […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Lauren Beukes (THE SHINING GIRLS, BROKEN MONSTERS, MOXYLAND)

Dear La, First off, great boots. You’ll pick up an even better pair in London when you’re backpacking with your brother. It’s something all siblings should do, especially if you’ve grown apart as teenagers. Travel as much as you can. Horizons were made for expanding and you’ll come into yourself out there. Throw yourself in […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author J.P. Sloan (THE CURSE MERCHANT, BAIT AND WITCH)

Dear Teen Me: I have a one-word request of you. “Stop.” Actually, I lied. It’s two words: “Please stop.” Please stop being such a great thundering prig. You’ve survived up to this point by dispensing judgment like some hellish gumball machine of scorn. It hasn’t won you many friends, has it? I don’t entirely blame […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Johnny Worthen (ELEANOR, THE UNSEEN)

Dear Teen Johnny You will spend your high school senior year in Europe. Confident and adventurous, buoyed by your successes both socially and academically, you become an exchange student and spend a year abroad in Scandinavia, Denmark to be precise. You will be far from home and your friends. You will be alone. You will […] […]