Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dear Teen Me Blog Tour: Review, Letters & Giveaway...

The Book...
Edited by: E. Kristin Anderson & Miranda Kenneally, creators of the blog which inspired this book.
Release date: October 30, 2012
Published by: Zest Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
*Named a JLG Selection!

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 the course of Dear Teen Me.

The Review...
Rachel & Ange's thoughts: First of all, the presentation is PERFECTION! We love that there are letters with old pictures followed by Q & A's, old pictures of the authors, etc. Plus, all of the pages are in full color! Each one even looks like a letter with it's edges and stamps! There are tons of ways these could be used! We seem to be talking about them quite a bit with other teachers lately, suggesting it for this and that. Plus, there are titles for each one! Love that SO much! 

The Creators of Dear Teen Me...
Miranda Kenneally is the author of the contemporary YA novels Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker (just published), and Things I Can't Forget (Spring 2013). Miranda is also the co-editor, with E. Kristin Anderson, of Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books), and is co-creator of the Dear Teen Me website.

E. Kristin Anderson, in addition to co-editing Dear Teen Me and co-creating its eponymous website, is a writer and poet who has been published in dozens of literary journals. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children's section.

*Pre-order Dear Teen Me now...
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The Letters...
(Now it's our turn)
Dear Teen Me,

1. Stop trying to make your hair straight! It is crazy curly and you need to find someone right away who knows how to take care of hair like that to show you what to do! Once this happens years and years later, you feel SO much better about it and after about a hundred people tell you over and over how much they love it you'll finally believe them and think, "huh, I guess it's ok." 
2. Stop messing around with losers! You are so much better than that! 
3. Please actually try in school! Please study! I know it's all SO easy, but I am here to tell you that once you get to college you will have a VERY rude awaking once you realize how crazy, hard it is, that there are NO 2nd chances and that you have NO idea how to actually study! 
4. Take a good look at yourself in the mirror (full-length) and listen to this, "You are PERFECT!" You are the perfect weight, the perfect personality, everything! Please stop doing what you're doing to yourself and figure out how to love yourself or at the very least find tolerance. 
5. Perhaps you shouldn't go right into college. You are going to get a phone call from an Air Force recruiter...please think about this harder and talk it over with mom and dad. This might be a better choice because you honestly end up HATING college, have no real idea about what you want to do with your life because you've never really lived outside of your tiny town, and those students at college you meet years later who did do this first are so together and know exactly what they want in life! Just think about it. You don't have to do what everyone else expects you to do! (BTW, you won't even get a job until 5 years AFTER you graduate college, so you wouldn't be "wasting" any years by doing this either!)
6. You know that love of books you have!? Go with it! Don't be embarrassed by it at all! In a few years there will be an amazing author who rocks the publishing world and makes it very cool for "adults" to read "kids" books! Oh, and that LOVE of tech. stuff...GO WITH THAT! YOU ROCK AT IT!
7. Write ALL of Gram's stories down! You are going to regret that you didn't later. 
8. Don't bother trying to get your health background from the adoption's such a waste of time and money! No one responds anyway. Just focus on making your own health history instead. 
9. You do end up having kids! I know! But you do! And, they are gorgeous and fun and girls! 
10. Stay in better touch with those friends from high school because they end up being your closest friends even later in life, but you'll lose so many years in there. 

Seriously listen,
Ange, a.k.a. MarmaladeLibby

Dear Teen Libby Reads,

Here are some Notes to Self (since I know how much you love lists) for you to hear and absorb.
Number 1: Stop worrying! Just stop it. You start to get grey hair by the time you’re 28, so let go of a little control and recognize that things will turn out just as they are supposed to.
Number 2: Don’t worry about the number of friends you have, but the quality. Those few close friends you make have more value than a horde of acquaintances.
Number 3: Umm, you know Dad’s plaid shirts? Well, they are NOT a fashion statement, so just say no!
Number 4. Let that quirky sense of humor out. Don’t worry about how weird people will think you are, just enjoy life and let your odd-ball character traits shine. Trust me! You start having more fun when you do.
Number 5: Your career path will show itself by the time you are a senior in high school, so stop obsessively reading about different types of jobs, job shadowing, and giving yourself an ulcer while contemplating what your future will hold. Stupid 8th grade career test —you are NOT going to be a train conductor!
Number 6: Finally, I want you to know that I like who you are. Now, if only you could take on a little of that confidence earlier in life…

P.S. Enjoy crossing each piece of advice you conquer off the list!
Rachel, a.k.a. LibbyReads

The Blog Tour...

The Giveaway!
*Must live in the U.S. to enter.
*Must be 13 or older to participate.
Libby Blog is not responsible for any lost or damaged items in the mail. The winner will be notified via email and must respond with their address and book selection within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. 

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