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, 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, 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 [...] [...]

Dear Teen Me from author Erica Lorraine Sheidt (USES FOR BOYS)

Dear sixteen-year-old Erica, I know. I know. I was there. It’s like you don’t fit in and you don’t fit in and you don’t fit in and you’re the weird kid that everyone knew since kindergarten and you never really outgrew being the oversensitive kid who cried too easily—AND THEN you find a whole new [...] [...]

Dear Teen Me from author Shelle Sumners (GRACE GROWS)

Dear 14-year-old Shelle, Greetings from You, age 49. Wow, the view from here is FANTASTIC. I can see everything so clearly. Listen, I’m going to give you some bad news. I’m going to tell you some wonderful things, too, but first let’s get the unpleasantness out of the way, in a quick list. Some of [...] [...]

Dear Teen Me from author Kassy Tayler (ASHES OF TWILIGHT)

Dear Teen Self, This letter was extremely difficult to write.  Like life, I felt like I only had one time to get it right.  So just to make sure, I’ll hit the high points.  There’s this thing called Yoga.  It’s new (at least in your time period) and your mom will think its some sort [...] [...]