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Dear Teen Me Blog Tour: The Review!

Title: Dear Teen Me
Edition: ARC, 192 pages
PublisherZest Books
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Source: Received as part of the Dear Teen Me blog tour!

The Summary
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.
My Opinion
I am so excited to be a part of this amazing book tour for this amazing book; Dear Teen Me is one of my favorite anthologies.  It speaks to teens in such a real way, and it allows them to see that these authors that they look up to were going through the same issues that they go through now.  That is where the gold is; the honesty portrayed is so refreshing and speaks even to me at 24 years old.

As the summary says, there are 70 authors in the anthology  some who are dear to me and some who I newly discovered.  But all of them have something important to say.  When I was doing my undergraduate in English Education I had a professor who believed books save lives, and so do I. I think with anthologies like Dear Teen Me being produced, it is possible to do just that.  All kinds of growing pains and all kinds of beautiful firsts are written about.

Some of my favorites authors have letters in the book: Tera Lynn Childs, Beth Fantaskey, Ellen Hopkins, Carrie Jones, Sarah Ockler, and Lauren Oliver & Elizabeth Miles (did you know they're real life best friends?).  Each of these women talk about such important things: stopping to appreciate the present, appreciating who you are, following your voice, realizing that no one but you defines who you are, dance to your soul, and friends get you through everything.  That last one comes from the awesome, epic, friendship of Lauren Oliver & Elizabeth Miles.

One of my favorite letters, Lauren and Elizabeth write letters to each other's teen selves.  It's amazing the deep friendship that you can find at such a young age, and this is the type of friendship they have.  Going through terrible times (depression and death) and going through happy times (first loves and good hair), true friends pull you through.

Just packed full of great advice, I think this definitely needs to be on everyone's shelf!  Both boys and girls can relate to the trials and tribulations written about, and the cute Q and A sections give you extra little scoops from the authors.  If you want to get a chance to win a copy of Dear Teen Me, check out my giveaway thanks to Zest Books!  And stop by the rest of the tour for other chances to win, and read more about Dear Teen Me, out on October 30!
Book Trailer

Final Rating
Book Cover: 4/5
Book Title: 5/5
Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Overall: 49/50: A+

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