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 Patty Dann (STARFISH, MERMAIDS)

Dear 17 year-old me, Being 16 was tough, but it’s the year your life changed. You lived in a comfortable suburb with your parents and brother and sister, but you were mad at the world. You didn’t get along with your family and you didn’t get along with your teachers. As a last resort, your [...] [...]

Dear Teen Me from author Jessica Love (PUSH GIRL)

Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Jess, Your sophomore year, the suckiest year of your life so far, is over. Good. Put it behind you. Enjoy your summer…particularly that Mexican cruise you and your family are about to go on. Because you’re going to meet a boy. I know what you’re thinking. Boys don’t like you. You’re tall and [...] [...]

Dear Teen Me from author Emily Murdoch (IF YOU FIND ME)

Dear Teen mE, You’re not one to beat around the bush, and you never will be. So I’ll tell it to you straight: By nineteen, you’ll be dead. No gestures for you, my intense one. When you do something, you do it all the way. You take no prisoners … except for yourself. You’ll be [...] [...]

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 Kara Taylor (PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL)

Dear Kara, You probably already know this by now, but approximately twelve years ago, on the eve of entering seventh grade, you and your best friend in the entire world broke up. Middle School changed both of you; suddenly, it wasn’t cool for you guys to talk about how you dressed up as Spice Girls [...] [...]

Dear Teen Me from author Lois H. Gresh (THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS COMPANION, DARK FUSIONS, NIGHTFALL)

Dear Teen Me, Looking back, here’s some advice for you. Be comfortable as yourself. Keep true to your ideals, morals, ethics, and overall spirit. Don’t ever make the mistake of deviating from the core of what makes you a unique person. When you reach the age that I am now, you’ll realize that being yourself [...] [...]

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 [...] [...]

Dear Teen Me from author Suzanne Palmieri (THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY)

Dear 17 year old Suzanne, This is a hard letter to write. Hard because I know how much pain you’re in. And I know there’s more to come. Much more. I’m so sorry about that. You know that saying? The one that says, “You have to experience ALL the things in order to be who [...] [...]

Dear Teen Me from author Rainbow Rowell (ATTACHMENTS, ELEANOR & PARK)

Dear teen me, You read too much science fiction. Maybe if you read some Sweet Valley High once in a while, I wouldn’t be sitting here, thinking about time travel and worrying that any good advice I give you could sabotage the timestream. Like, I could tell you that seventh grade is the worst year [...] [...]