At 16 I wrote a letter to my 21 year old self. I totally forgot about it until my sister found the letter hidden in my old room this summer. I thought I would share it as part of the Dear Teen Me Tour because in the book Authors write letters to their teen selves this is sort of the opposite it is my 16 your old idyllic self writing a letter to the present me.
|Purikara in Japan (I'm the Turtle)|
Okay so here are some of your dreams at 16:
- Own a high end car, Ferrari Altezza, NSX, Skyline, Silvia
- You better have taken the Lancer out to the track!
- Also remember that although its not really realistic I always wanted to start my own magazine and be the editor ^-^
- You better have a good job and make a lot of money
|Miho, Me, Yuki, & Blake (2006)|
Emmy...I hope that at 21 you are proud of what you've accomplished, remember regret is useless and find your place in the grand scheme of things. It can be so easy to get caught up in useless things, try not to. Lets find our place in the stars! We rock!
♥ 16 year old Emily! We're #1
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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.
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.