Dear Teen Me from author Marie Marquardt (DREAM THINGS TRUE)

Dear TEEN ME, It’s Saturday, December 3, 1987, and you are about to get the best (early) Christmas present ever. I mean, ever. You are on your way to Tampa Stadium to see the one and only U2. I know, I know. You have made it perfectly clear to everyone that the Joshua Tree album […] […]

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 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 author Kirker Butler (PRETTY UGLY, Family Guy)

Dear Teen Me, Please stop masturbating for a minute so I can give you a bit of advice that could potentially change your life. You might be surprised to learn that you do not become a Southern Baptist youth minister, but instead you become a comedy writer in Hollywood. You lose your virginity at twenty, […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Shari Goldhagen (IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE, FAMILY AND OTHER ACCIDENTS)

Dear Teen Me: It’s 10 p.m. some time in 1994, which means you’re probably at Perkins with the gang. Brian is complaining to the already annoyed waitress about the preparation of the steak in his steak and eggs. Brett and Lauren might still be tender about something that happened last night when you were playing […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Alethea Kontis (ENCHANTED, HERO, DEAREST)

Dearest Teen Casey– The time traveling Powers that Be are letting me write one more letter to my teen self. (How cool is that?!? Michael J. Fox gets to go back in time…AND SO DO I.) But I’ve decided to outsmart them and send my second letter to you instead. (Take that, Powers!) Besides, you’ll […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Julie Cross (WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU, TEMPEST)

Dear Teen Me, I know this is my third letter to you so it’s like, what now? You’re seventeen and it’s getting a bit tiresome being beat over the head with advice regarding academics and religion by your older self. But today I come in the name of peace. Not just peace, but love. Because […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Paula Brackston (THE WITCH’S DAUTHER, THE WINTER WITCH, THE MIDNIGHT WITCH)

Dear Me, That just about sums up your teenage years. Oh dear me. Not a happy time. After a glorious early childhood your world shattered when your parents went their separate ways. You spent the following years moving home, moving school, living with first one, then the other, then back to the first, always missing […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Sarah McCarry (ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS)

Listen, sweet pea: I’m not going to tell you anything about the future or the past, or the good ideas you’ll have or the bad ones. I’m not going to tell you how the years between us will spell out one after the other, through places bright and dark, through all the wide mystery of […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author C.C. Hunter (BORN AT MIDNIGHT, AWAKE AT DAWN, CHOSEN AT MIDNIGHT)

Dear Teen Me, You know that boy that you are certain is going to break up with you because you don’t want to go all the way, and you know you’ll just die when he does? Well, you’re wrong. Not that he won’t break up with you. He will. But you won’t die. You’re making […] […]