Today I'm honored to be one of the stops on the Dear Teen Me blog tour hosted by Zest Books.
For this stop of the tour I will be sharing my book review and host a giveaway!
Title: Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves
Author: Edited by Kristin Anderson & Miranda Kenneally
# Of Pages: 192
Publisher: Zest Books
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Source: ARC Provided by Zest Books
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts
Teenagers of the world, Dear Teen Me is for you.
For everyone who wishes they were on the football team. For everyone who would rather be in the glee club than ever run another lap. For the teens who dream of being far, far away from the small town or big city where they go to school. The prom queens, the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the good girls, the loners, the stoners, the class presidents, the juvenile delinquents, the jocks and the nerds.
The teens who have good days and bad days and sometimes really really really bad days.
This is for you.
A group of authors. some famous – some up-and-comers, who care about you.
I want to start off by saying that I’m not a big non-fiction reader so the fact that I finished this book is a big deal! This is actually the first anthology I’ve ever read from start to finish. YAY!
Dear Teen Me is a collection of YA authors letters to their teen selves. These letters are lighthearted, funny, sad, hopeful. Some deal with serious issues like bullying, eating disorders, suicide, self-harm, and homosexuality. They are letters that every teen can relate to and hopefully find strength in. I’m positive that any teen who picks up this book will be able to relate to at least one letter if not more!
My favorite letters were the ones by authors who took a humorous approach on things. Letters like:
“9 Things You Need to Know” by Robin Benway
“Stop Obsessing, Kiss That Guy, and Party Like it’s 1999” by Jess Rothenberg
Most of the letters included were short (about a page and a half) making it easy to read in small doses between classes and such.
Overall, I think this was a great collection of letters that have the opportunity to touch many teens and help them get through the rough times in their lives while also giving them hope for what the future holds.