Thursday, January 3, 2013

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

Title: Dear Teen Me 

Published:  October 30th 2012 by Zest Books

Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Source: Won in a blog tour giveaway-Thanks Zest Books & Atmika @ I Talk Books!

"And yes, It does get better.Much better" 

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.

My Thoughts

Anthologies are not something that I enjoy but I came across Dear Teen Me during Zest Books Blog Tour.There were a lot of positive reviews and I thought I'd give it a try.Dear Teen Me i a collection of letters from YA authors to their younger selves.I loved the format-mostly it consisted of letters but there were a few Q & A sections and some of it was narrated in the form of comic strips.Another feature that makes Dear Teen Me a cool read is the photographs(CUTE!) of the authors during their teens and their signatures!

Still not convinced that you should go grab your copy of this book?Read on then...

The confessions range from heartbreaking to downright hilarious!

Some of these stood out for the first reason namely Ellen Hopkins,Saundra Mitchell,Stephanie Kuehnert,Cheryl Rainfield,Gretchen McNeil,Kersten Hamilton and Jessica Burkhart.It was moving and I could not help but be inspired by them because you come to realize that they have risen above these barriers to become really successful people.Some of the authors touch on sensitive issues like all kinds of abuse,body image issues,sexuality and suicide.

And some of the authors shared sweet stuff like crushes,crazy hairdos,insane moments that they shared with their BFFs and their most embarrassing moments!It was really adorable and kept me laughing out loud!

Most of all Dear Teen was relate-able,it wasn't too preachy and at the same time it gave excellent advice.An Amazing Read-Go Get It Now!

"Remember we define ourselves. Define yourself as awesome."

My Rating


  1. Oh wow. I guess it's weird to think of these authors having issues to deal with like suicide and abuse. It's really sad that it's not an uncommon thing to feel a certain way when you are a teenager especially for girls. Girls have got the worse end of it. I hate how girls are expected to always look good and have their body just a certain way. Anyways glad you enjoyed it. I'm sure Ellen Hopkins would be the most interesting story for me.

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    Dear Teen Me sounds like a great anthology - glad to read that you enjoyed it!

  3. I'm not the biggest fan of anthologies either but you've actually made me want to read this one!
    Great review and thanks for sharing :)

  4. Glad you enjoyed. I agree with the sentiment that it gets better as far as social aspects, but it never completely goes away.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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