Dear Teen Me from author E. Katherine Kottaras (HOW TO BE BRAVE)

Dear Teen Me, I know you wish you had woken up that morning to say goodbye to him. You were home sick with a cold, and he came into your room – you have a faint, sleepy-eyed memory of this – he nudged you awake for a hug before he left for work. (How were […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Ann Jacobus (ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT)

Dear Teen Ann, I’ve got good news and bad news for you. First, the bad news: You are fifteen, and after a youth filled with ballet classes, “directing” plays, adoring grandparents, good friends, caring teachers, books, and truck-loads of outdoor time mucking in creeks and swimming in lakes, you can’t understand why it’s such a […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Mitchell Kriegman (BEING AUDREY HEPBURN, THINGS I CAN’T EXPLAIN)

Dear Mitchell at 17: Stop. Okay, you only have a few moments to read these words. I know you’ll agree with me…because…well, you are me. What I’m about to tell you is what you believe deep down inside anyway…for obvious reasons. By the very act of composing this letter we are conflating the time space […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Anna-Marie McLemore (THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS)

Dear Teen Anna-Marie, You were not asking for it. That’s what you need to know now. […]

Dear Teen Me from author Stephanie Diaz (EXTRACTION, REBELLION, EVOLUTION)

Dear Teen Me, At 8:00am today, someone poisons the coffee. Do not drink the coffee. More instructions will follow. (Yes, you will still be obsessed with The Office when you’re older. Even after Michael Scott leaves [I KNOW] and Jim and Pam have marital problems [they work them out, don’t worry] the show remains funny […] […]

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 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 […] […]