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Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (True Stories) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 35 user ratings
ISBN:1936976218
LANGUAGE:English

" If there is ever a Dear Teen Me 2 I want to be included! I'm putting that out in the universe right now. It is amazing how many authors share a similar, discouraging, origin story. Makes me want to reach my hands out through the years, "Hold on little fighter(s) it's all about to be brighter!" " said.

" I read an ARC copy on Netgalley. I loved this. I wish there was something like this out when I was a teen. As a teen the only book that was remotely similar was Go Ask Alice. I love that this book covers so many different issues, and makes you feel like you're not alone. This should definitely be assigned reading for all teens in schools. It is a book that every reader will benefit from. " said.

"This was such a neat book to read. I can easily say this is my favorite anthology I've ever read. I loved reading all the different letters. I laughed, I cried, and sat there thinking "awwww" to some of them. This is one of those books I want to shove into the hands of some teens I know who are struggling, so they can see that things do get better and how some of the things that seem like the biggest deal in the world end up not being so or may even have a positive effect in the future. The pages simply flew by, I couldn't stop reading all the different letters. Dear Teen Me is one of those books everyone should read! " said.

"Wow. The whole time I was reading this I was constantly thinking of friends that might get a kick out of this too. An amazing collection of stories that have the ability to make you feel comforted and hopeful, even when the going gets tough.

Even the bios were fun to read... and I probably have about 100 books to add to my TBR because so many of these authors are new to me.

I definitely could see high school kids getting a kick out of something like this. It could even fit into the college environment for great discussions and writing exercises. (Because, gee, it is hard to write these letters and pinpoint ONE thing.)
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"As a high school librarian, I was excited to read Dear Teen Me so I could share it with my students, especially as many of my favorite authors were included in the collection. I found the book just so-so, however. I was hoping for more advice for teens but this seemed more authors just summarizing events in their lives, and many were like private messages understand only to the author. While many of the events were of interest to teens, the short treatment didn't allow the reader to be really pulled into their stories. A few letters with universal messages stood out to me, such as Riley Carney's letter to stick out high school and not give up her dream of writing; and Charles Benoit's eventual success at remaking himself. The Q and A sections were enjoyable as well." said.

"Tempting though it may be I am not going to extrapolate from these letters, not to authors at large, not to anything. This is a collection of letters from mostly still quite young authors, offering advice, encouragement, support, and insight to their younger selves. Everyone had bears to cross, some were finding love, others were bad hairstyles, some were alcoholic, absent, or abusive parents. For all of these writers, it did get better: they found their voices, their people, their partners, their safety, their recovery, their looks, whatever. Some advice is general, some incredibly specific, and a fair few offer glimpses of joys to come.

An excellent reminder that no matter what our problems are, we are not alone. And no one thinks high school is a high point.

Library copy.
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"I reserved this book from the library thinking it would be interesting to read authors letters to themselves as teenagers, I thought perhaps it might give me some insight into teenage lives, but I found most of the letters...a bit dull. If I had looked more closely at the contents before reserving the book I would have realized that I had not read a single one of the contributing authors.

I thought that I read enough teen lit that there would be at least a couple whom I would recognize, but sadly it was not true. I had not only not read these authors, but with only a few exceptions will most likely not read anything by them in the future.

I think that I was not really the right audience for this piece of work. I was annoyed when the writers wouldn't 'spoil' the future for their past selves and therefore left out what sounded like interesting stories. I was bored when the letters talked of the typical teenage dramas and in-jokes between past and future populars.
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" "Life isn't about finding the one thing you're good at and never doing anything else; it's about exploring yourself and finding out who you really are on your own terms and in your own way.
Letter: Just be yourself! by: Stephanie Pellegrin"


Pick an issue. Any issue that you struggled with or are struggling with during your teenage years. Have one in mind? Good. You will find at least one author that experienced something similar to yourself. Almost anything that I could think of, any topic had a place in this book. And although every entry turned out positive (especially the ones centred on self harm, abuse and suicide), almost all the letters felt a bit depressing. I wouldn't have wanted to read this in one sitting, even though I could. A few chapters in between other books were more than enough. I definitely liked some letters more than others but it was nevertheless enjoyable to read about the teenage years of some of my favourite authors!
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