Growing pains are an essential part of teenage life, for better and for worse. Some mistakes turn into positive, life-changing experiences, and some apparent triumphs seem, in retrospect, like low points. Some first kisses leave you feeling on top of the world, and others can make you want to hide under a rock. In Dear Teen Me, your favorite YA authors including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, Tom Angleberger, and Carrie Jones revisit critical moments from their young lives and offer advice and guidance to their teenage selves. Listen to find out... Who had a really bad first kiss? Who found her true love at 18? Who wishes she d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? And who skipped prom to go to a Grateful Dead concert, only to wind up stranded and alone? The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. Some authors focus on a hilarious mistake or one especially big day, others offer words of hope for desperate times. So whether you re a theater kid, a band geek, a bad boy, a good girl, a loner, a stoner, a nerd, or a jock, you ll find friends and a lot of familiar faces in Dear Teen Me.
About the Author
E. Kristin Anderson is the co-creater of the blog Dear Teen Me, and an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain. Ms. Anderson's work is in the forthcoming anthology "Coin Opera II", a collection of poems about video games from Sidekick Books.
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliche!), or a UN interpreter. Instead, she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek, and her husband. Visit www.mirandakenneally.com.
Earphones Award winner Julia Whelan grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but currently resides in Los Angeles. She is a former child actor, having appeared in multiple television shows, most notably ABC's "Once and Again." After receiving her college degree, she returned to acting and is pursuing a career in the film industry, as well as creative writing. Her audiobook credits include romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult and adult fiction.