Dear Teen Me

Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: BN9943
Released: Oct 01, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781469253039
Narrator/s: Julia Whelan
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Growing pains are an essential part of teenage life, for better and for worse. Some "mistakes" turn into positive, life-changing experiences, and some apparent triumphs seem, in retrospect, like low points. Some first kisses leave you feeling on top of the world, and others can make you want to hide under a rock. In Dear Teen Me, your favorite YA authors - including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, Tom Angleberger, and Carrie Jones - revisit critical moments from their young lives and offer advice and guidance to their teenage selves. Listen to find out... - Who had a really bad first kiss? - Who found her true love at 18? - Who wishes she'd had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? - And who skipped prom to go to a Grateful Dead concert, only to wind up stranded and alone? The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. Some authors focus on a hilarious mistake or one especially big day, others offer words of hope for desperate times. So whether you're a theater kid, a band geek, a bad boy, a good girl, a loner, a stoner, a nerd, or a jock, you'll find friends - and a lot of familiar faces - in Dear Teen Me.

Professional reviews

"Julia Whelan and MacLeod Andrews narrate a collection of letters from authors to their teen selves, with Whelan reading those of female authorship, Andrews those of males. Most letters are about 4 minutes, but a few are over 12 minutes. The material illustrates that while the experience of being a teenager is universal, there are infinite incarnations of the specific pains and longings, the losses and victories. In particular, hearing Whelan recount such a wide variety of girls having issues with body image and eating disorders brings the commonalities alive while leaving the listener feeling not so alone. The magic of the production, however, lies in keeping each story and character fresh and distinct, a feat in the face of so many stories told in such compact form. A.M.P. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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