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Life Stories

Dear Teen Me is the book version of the blog Dear Teen Me which began on December 1, 2010.  Dozens of Young Adult authors are sharing their experiences as teenagers.  Their biggest nightmares.  Their greatest thrills.  And everything in between.

E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally are the editors of Dear Teen Me, and they have a message for everyone:

This book is for you.  For the loners, the stoners, the freaks and the geeks, the head cheerleaders and the kids eating lunch in the library, the starting line-up, the benchwarmers, the glee club and the marching band.  This book is for everyone who has ever felt alone or misunderstood, for everyone who dreads prom and also every teen in the homecoming court.  For the wimps, the Goths, and the jocks.  This book is for you.  We hope you love it.

Along with the letters, the book includes questions to answer.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

  • Walking around the main hall of my high school with my dress tucked into the back of my pantyhose after I used the rest room.

Who was your celebrity crush?

  • Jon Bon Jovi.  Still is.

What was your first job?

  • Babysitter.  The first with a paycheck was day camp counselor.

From Youth Communication and Free Spirit Publishing comes the Real Teen Voices series; personal stories about real life issues.

From the introduction of Pressure:

The stories in this book offer a window into many teens’ lives.  You are sure to find within its pages people and experiences you can identify with and relate to.  You might find that you can get more out of the book by applying what the writers have learned to your own life.  The teens who wrote these stories did so because they hope that telling their stories will help readers who are facing similar challenges.  They want you to know you are not alone, and that taking specific steps can help you manage or overcome very difficult situations. 

Find even more Life Stories in the Teen Collection.

~Marian

CLP–Mt. Washington

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