Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

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E. Kristin Anderson, Miranda Kenneally
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 189 pages
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Dear Teen Me includes reflections and advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? And who wishes he'd had more fun in high school, instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. Whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you'll find friends—and a lot of familiar faces—in the course of Dear Teen Me.

  

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Review: Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

User Review  - Seung Min Baek - Goodreads

Friday, October 17, 2014 This book contains letters that authors wrote to their teen selves. Primarily, the authors express themselves with familiar language. For example, Jessica Lee Anderson wrote ... Read full review

Review: Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

User Review  - Sara Kocek - Goodreads

This book is addictive. Once I read one essay, I couldn't stop--I had to read them all! I loved the mix of letters included. A great read. Read full review

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Contents

WANT TAKE HAVE
10
CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE
14
Shhhhhh
16
FRAME ME AND NAIL ME TO THE WALL
18
REINVENTING ME
20
9 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
22
THE KNIFE
28
DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION
32
HE BROKE MORE THAN YOUR HEART
106
HOPE UNTIL THE LAST SECOND
108
THE RAMIFICATIONS OF MOUTHING OFF TO CUTE BOYS
110
THE BEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES? REALLY?
112
WINGING IT
114
THE BALANCING ACT
116
WHAT THE BULLY STOLE
118
ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE
120

FIRST KISSISH
34
TRUST IS AS IMPORTANT AS LOVE
36
THANK YOU OILY PIZZA
38
THERES NO SUCH THING AS IMPOSSIBLE
40
THE FUTURE ISNT EVERYTHING
42
THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE
44
RAISING ME
46
GETTING STOOD UP
48
LOSING YOUR SIGHT SHOULDNT MEAN LOSING YOUR RIGHTS
50
I HOPE YOU DANCETO THE THEME FROM BONANZA
54
JEKYLL HYDE
56
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
58
THE SKINNY GIRL
60
ITS ABOUT TO GET WORSE
62
GOING ALL THE WAY
64
YOU ARE THE ELECTRIC BOOGALOO
66
NO CALLS FROM SPIELBERG YET
68
WHEN DANCE WAS YOUR WORLD
72
LOIS LOWRY AND THE SPACETIME CONTINUUM VS BOYS
76
SEEPING THROUGH THE CRACKS
78
FINDING YOUR VOICE
80
WHO NEEDS LUCK?
88
SEIZURES
90
REGARDING YOUR COMMENDABLE DECISION TO LIVE
94
GETTING PAST THE FEAR
98
BAD GIRL
100
PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL HIM BACK RIGHT NOW
102
THE PURSUIT OF MOMENTS OF HAPPINESS
122
THIS IS NOT YOUR STORY
124
GET BETTER
130
WHAT I REALLY WANT
134
DANCING WITH THE DEAD
136
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER FOR REAL
140
JUST BE YOURSELF
144
FIRST KISS
146
HOLD ON TIGHT
148
STOP OBSESSING KISS THAT GUY AND PARTY LIKE ITS 1999
154
ALL ROADS LEAD SOMEWHERE
158
SMILE
160
SING IT OUT
162
IM NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU ANY GOOD ADVICE
164
FRIENDS IN DARK PLACES
166
FINDING HIM
168
BOYS BOYS BOYS
170
CHUNKY
172
KEEPING QUIET
174
STOLEN JEANS SMOKE RINGS AND SELFESTEEM
176
YOURE SO RIGHT BUT SO WRONG
178
100 TRUE GUARANTEED
180
ALL KINDS OF SEXY
182
WHAT IS A FRIEND?
184
FACING FACTS MAKEOVERS DONT CHANGE A THING
188
Acknowledgments
190
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About the author (2012)

Miranda Kenneally is the author of Catching Jordan (fall 2011), Playing Parker (fall 2012), and Bad, Bad Thing (spring 2013). She is the co-creator of the blog Dear Teen Me. Miranda is represented by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency.

E. Kristin Anderson is the co-creater of the blog Dear Teen Me. Her poetry has been published worldwide in literary journals. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children's section. Look out for Ms. Anderson’s work in the forthcoming anthology Coin Opera II, a collection of poems about video games from Sidekick Books.

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