Dear Teen Me

Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

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 these pages.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 192
Publication Date 2019-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN051000, YAN006040, YAN024050
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Features Awards, Introductory note, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: E. Kristin Anderson

E. Kristin Anderson, co-creater of the blog Dear Teen Me, has worked on the editorial staff at Hunger Mountain. Her work has been featured in the anthology Coin Opera II, a collection of poems about video games.

Author: Miranda Kenneally

Miranda Kenneally is the author of Catching Jordan, Playing Parker, and Bad, Bad Thing. She is the co-creator of the blog Dear Teen Me.


  • Cybils Nominee, Nominated, 2013
  • YABC Choice Awards, Short-listed, 2012
  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Nominee, Short-listed, 2011



“[A]long with plenty of (now) amusing anecdotes and hard-won insights, the letters dish up proof that, as Mike Jung puts it, ‘time was on your side, though, and you made it!’”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A winning collection for both teens and former teens, alike.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“The breadth of emotion and experience the entries cover guarantee that almost any reader will identify with some of the situations and anxieties expressed.”—Publishers Weekly