Dear Teen Me

The Dear Teen Me anthology
Yes, that IS me in the band uniform. Yes, I AM incredibly courageous to allow that picture to be seen in public.

DEAR TEEN ME:
AUTHORS WRITE LETTERS TO THEIR TEEN SELVES
By Various Authors
Zest Books
ISBN 1936976218 (ISBN13: 9781936976218)
November 1, 2012,

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This isn’t actually MY book, but I’m a contributor – my piece is called “Regarding Your Commendable Decision to Live,” and it’s a bit of a departure from my usual frenetic, faux-megalomaniacal writing style. It’s quite personal, in fact. I’m very, very proud to take part in the Dear Teen Me project – it’s an important and meaningful thing. Here’s the blurbage:

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.