Dear Teen Me (Edited by E. Kristen Anderson & Miranda Kenneally)
Published by Zest Books October 2012
I’m thrilled to be a stop on the Dear Teen Me Blog Tour today.
Dear Teen Me (Edited by E. Kristen Anderson & Miranda Kenneally) includes advice from over 70 authors.Dear Teen Me includes 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? 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. And 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.
I look back at you and 20 years has passed. How does that happen?….in the blink of an eye, so don’t be in such a hurry to be older. Hindsight they say is 20/20 and it’s such a true expression. We've made a lot of mistakes you and I. Some helped us grow…. some, to be honest we still struggle with. I could give you lots of advice. Stay in school and go to your afternoon classes. It may feel like everyone is noticing that you are eating alone but “they” for the most part are only thinking about themselves. Tell someone about your bully. You don’t always need to go it alone.
When I think about who you are hanging out with outside of school and what you are doing, I just want to hug you. The risks you are taking are not worth the damage they do, but I know how hard it is to see it in the moment. You want love and acceptance, to be popular, to feel special. Everyone wants that. But I can tell you that what you want is not going to be found where you are looking. In a few years you are going to meet someone who doesn't necessarily sweep you off your feet like they do in the movies but he loves you unconditionally and becomes your rock and best friend.
What I want most to say to you is about Dad. He will never be the dad you want him to be. Ever. You eventually make peace with that and it is one of the most freeing experiences of your life. He comes and goes when it’s convenient, usually leaving you nothing but tears and heartache and you realize that perhaps the best is to not have him in your life at all. Not in an angry, silent treatment kind of way but in a letting “him and the idea of a dad who is there for you and loves you” go kind of way.
There is so much love in store for you. There is so much life in store for you. Hang in there. It will get better.
You will be ok.
To learn more about Dear Teen Me, the other bloggers on the tour and the authors -check out the links below. Special thanks to everyone who helped with this feature for the last month. Big hugs to you and your teen selves.
Zest Books website: http://zestbooks.net/dear-teen-me-blog-tour/
Dear Teen Me website: http://dearteenme.com/?page_id=4031
Dear Teen Me events page: http://zestbooks.net/events/
Zest Books Dear Teen Me book page: http://zestbooks.net/dear-teen-me/