Hi! Today I’m a stop on the DEAR TEEN ME blog tour (check out the other stops and chances to win here).
DEAR TEEN ME, edited by E. Kristin Anderson and my awesome friend Miranda Kenneally, releases next week – Oct 30! It includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, Sara Zarr, and – EEP! me!) 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.
The Dear Teen Me site inspired the book and features dozens more original letters that aren’t in it.
The entries run the gamut from heart-wrenching to hilarious, and I enjoyed reading it and learning more about some of my fellow authors!
In honor of the blog tour, I thought I’d post a few pictures of Teen Me. You can click to embiggen.
Me at 15, before our Christmas concert (I played clarinet) (What am I wearing??)
Me at 16, with my friend Jeremy, before junior prom
I’m 5’3″ and he was at least 6’4″
Also, I cannot believe I worried about being fat. Teen Jess, you were ITSY.
Senior year musical – me as Glinda the Good Witch of the South. A part basically created for me to come on at the end in a pretty dress without having to sing. The Cowardly Lion was my neighbor, the Scarecrow was my best friend, and I had a years-long crush on the Tin Man. Oh, small towns.
Me and my grandpa at my graduation!
In hunting for these through the family photo albums, I also found a ton of awesome pics of me with my sisters. I’m going to post some of those soon! (They are really hilarious and adorable and embarrassing.)
I have one copy of DEAR TEEN ME to give away. To enter, just leave a comment below with a message to your teen self! (My own letter is about not needing to lose yourself once you have a relationship, but you’ll have to get the book to read it for yourself.) This one is international and runs until next Thursday at noon EST.