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Dear Teen Me: A Letter By Estelle

Today Magan & I are celebrating the upcoming release of Dear Teen Me, a collection of letters written by authors to their teen selves. It’s available from Zest Books on Halloween, October 31! ( Amazon | Goodreads ) Dear Teen Me, Here are a few things you need to know: Katie Holmes married and divorced […]

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October 30, 2012 - 4:20 pm

April Books & Wine - Dawson’s Creek forevs.


I love that you are a fighter. I think teen Estelle would be proud of just how kick ass adult Estelle is.

October 28, 2012 - 8:03 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] Review: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping […]

October 27, 2012 - 3:22 pm

elena - estelle, this letter is so wonderful and so perfect because it’s so YOU. i love that it’s so hopeful and kind and HEE at being better dressed. i am so glad you shared this, i <3 you.

October 27, 2012 - 2:58 am

Kristen - I. love. this. This letter is beautiful in every way. Thank you for sharing, Estelle. So different to have the perspective of time and age and wisdom (hopefully!) to look back on.

October 27, 2012 - 12:20 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Reading your letter made me smile. Because while we all have to deal with a ton of bad things in our lives, there’s always HOPE – that things will get better, or surpass our expectations, or surprise us. I love how you expressed your feelings about how sometimes, things that don’t necessarily look “good” are actually the perfect catalyst for things to fall into place as they should. *hug*

October 26, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Lisa - This is beautiful and sad and encouraging and so full of truth.

Thank you for sharing.


October 26, 2012 - 11:01 am

Kelly - There’s always that guy that we hold on to for too long, eh? I would love to tell teen me to steer clear, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without having gone through that heartbreak – and coming out stronger because of it!

I love this series; both you and Magan have made me a little weepy today, so I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to write this, and then share it with us all.

You are one brave, beautiful lady!

October 26, 2012 - 6:14 am

B. Hemborg - Such a great post!

October 26, 2012 - 5:56 am

Lori - I love, love, love this!

October 25, 2012 - 9:22 pm

Tara - Estelle, you had me tearing up, then laughing, then back to tearing up. You’re amazing! This was such a great letter and I’m so happy we’ve gotten the chance to know each other more over the past few months.

PS – I have lots of questions for you for GChat tomorrow 😉

October 25, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Allison L - I love this 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us Estelle!

October 25, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Jamie - LOVED THIS! Also Dawson’s Creek opening FTW! Love you lady!

October 25, 2012 - 5:50 pm

anna - Love this letter — gorgeous! Hugs to teen (and adult) Estelle xo

October 25, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - I loved reading this! Our teen selves would definitely have been friends because I was obsessed with Dawson’s and Felicity back then too. I’ve also had not-so-great moments in high school/college that formed who I am today. So no regrets! I love the idea of Dear Teen Me. 🙂

October 25, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Dear Teen Estelle,

Today you really DO listen to country a lot…and share the best songs (that go perfectly with some books!) with your friends, who you chat with on the internet. No, not AOL, it’s GChat now. AOL is nonexistent.

You are awesome, and this letter really touched me. 🙂

October 25, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Elizabeth - Love, love, love this.
How insightful we all are with 20/20 hindsight…..oh, if I could tell my teenage self a thing or two.
It would be one long letter.
Starting with: Drop the loser. He never amounts to anything and you will go on to find the most surprisingly perfect soul mate. The sooner you get over the first “love” you thought you had the sooner you can meet the man that will provide you with laughter and a lifetime of love. Not to mention three pretty great kids.

October 25, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Estelle, you had me at Dawson’s Creek! I was the perfect age for that show – I lived high school alongside them!

What a fabulous concept. I think teen me was pretty strong but I’d tell her she’s smarter than she realizes! And she has lots of time…

October 25, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - PS – I laughed at the Dawsons Creek references in the beginning, but the quote at the end made me have an “aww” moment 🙂 Nicely done.

October 25, 2012 - 12:42 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I could read what you write every day, any day. Your words are always full of heart, truth, and humor. I love this letter to your teenage self. We tend to want to go back and re-do things (usually make the bad things right again), but what you’ve captured here is the importance of living through those adventures is what makes you YOU today.

Thank you for sharing this part of yourself, xoxo. You are such a beautiful person Estelle!

Dear Teen Me: A Letter by Magan

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves Publication Date: October 31, 2012 Publisher: Zest Books Pages: 192 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: weight battles, suicide, LGBT, parental problems, rape, relationships Format read: ARC from Zest Books at ALA (Thank you!) Summary: More than 70 authors write therapeutic letters to their teen selves, providing advice […]

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October 30, 2012 - 4:15 pm

April Books & Wine - Damn you for making me tear up at work.

Magan, I am so sorry you went through this struggle with your weight.

It sucks that the whole weight thing is a problem with teen girls and well a lot of women too. I hate that our society and media tells us that we have to look a certain way to be beautiful/pretty therefore worthy. It’s so dumb. :-/


October 30, 2012 - 2:28 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Magan, thanks for sharing. I was almost in tears over here, because you really spoke to my heart. I’ve always struggled with my weight as well, and I was anorexic in high school. I ended up destroying my metabolism, and managing my weight has become even harder. I appreciate your story, and think it’s amazing how much you’ve learned. I haven’t quite gotten to where you are yet, but I now have hope I’ll get there eventually. 🙂 *hugs*

October 28, 2012 - 10:10 pm

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - *HUGS* I’m currently 17 years old and I feel like I battle my weight every single day! Thank you for sharing your story!

October 28, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] Review: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping Books of Wonder in NYC  + Review: All […]

October 28, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Allison L - I’m a little late because I didn’t realize that you had written a ‘Dear Teen Me’ letter too, Magan. Sorry! Thank you for bravely opening up, and sharing a piece of your story with us. It was very touching to read! <3

October 27, 2012 - 3:24 pm

elena - oh teenage magan, i adore you and you are such a beautiful soul. i went through my issues in high school too and although they weren’t the same as yours, it really can be quite debilitating and hard to overcome. thank you so much for posting this letter and sharing. this & estelle’s letter are some of my very favourite on your blogs. <3

October 27, 2012 - 12:16 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Oh M, thank you so much for opening up and sharing a part of your story, the one that makes you YOU, with us by writing this letter. I certainly think that you are one of the most BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING people I’ve ever had the fortune to meet and call a friend. I wish I could give you a hug in person right now!

October 26, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Lisa - Thank you for sharing this, Magan!

I would also tell my teen self to get over the whole weight thing. When you find the love of your life who cherishes you the way you are and loves your heart, that’s all that matters. Honestly.

You are gorgeous and brave and I adore you so!

October 26, 2012 - 10:56 am

Kelly - This is heartbreakingly beautiful and inspiring! You’re so brave to share something so personal, and the bit about your husband being there no matter the number on the scale made me a wee bit weepy.

I don’t know what you look like, but you are a beautiful person – and that’s what matters most!

October 26, 2012 - 6:06 am

Lori - Magan, this is so touching! You’re so brave and wonderful! *hugs*

October 26, 2012 - 2:54 am

Kristen - This is beautiful and brave and heartbreaking all at the same time. YOU are beautiful and brave. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love these letters so much. I need to get this book and read it. *hug*

October 25, 2012 - 9:18 pm

Tara - Oh Magan, I <3 you so much! I think you are beautiful and amazing and if I were with you right now, I'd give you the biggest hug ever.

October 25, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Jamie - HUGS! Loved this! Teen Jamie struggled with her weight (which was insane as she really was quite skinny. It’s sad that a lot of us of all shapes and sizes struggle with it. So many mixed messages out there! I used to get made fun of for being too skinny and girls would call me anorexic. My sister who is in high school struggles with this. It’s crazy because either you are “too fat” or “too skinny” or you have too big of boobs or not big enough. It’s exhausting. It’s sad how much we all struggle. Just wish we could all realize that most of us were really fine the way we were. Most of us were healthy and of a fine weight — whether or not or genes made us predisposed to be a rail or a little bit bigger than average. Being a girl sucked (sucks still) sometimes.

October 25, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Anna - Where is teen Magan? I NEED TO HUG HER! I NEED TO HUG ADULT MAGAN TOO! Major smooches. This touched my heart!

October 25, 2012 - 4:49 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I wish I could give you a Magan hug right now. You know the ones. They leave you feeling like you’re special and cared for dearly. 🙂

You’re wonderful. This post is so incredibly touching, Magan.

October 25, 2012 - 9:56 am

Elizabeth - What is it with high schools and diet pills?
I, too, tried to lose weight in high school by downing diet pills with a Diet Coke everyday.
Looking back, it definitely didn’t make anything better.
Your letter was beautifully written.
This past Mother’s Day, I wrote a similiar letter but to my kids…just the advice I thought they would need from all the experiences I have had.
It is truly therapeutic to write about.

October 25, 2012 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my sweet Magan, I wish I could hug you right now. Your letter was so very touching. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Probably one of the most beautiful people I have the pleasure of calling my friend. I am constantly inspired by your creativity and generosity towards others. I wish I would have known you in high school. We could have encouraged each other to lose weight the healthy way, and also remind one another that it’s about being HAPPY.. not about the number on the scale. Teen Ginger struggled with that, too. Love you so incredibly much! xoxo

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

  Oh, yep — that’s right! It’s almost Halloween. I typically average about 20-ish books in the YA book releases posts, but jeez! There are THIRTY-THREE books listed below. Prepare your wallets now, friends — October is going to be quite the spendy month. Just in case you’re hosting an awesome Halloween party, here’s an […]

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November 4, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- November 4, 2012 - […] of Reach by Carrie Arcos — this was one I featured in my October 2012 YA new releases post. […]

October 4, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Kristen Evey - I should not have looked through that whole list. So many shiny new books!!!

October 1, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - There are way too many good books on this list. Seriously. I’m going to go broke just trying to get them all!

October 1, 2012 - 6:10 am

VeganYANerds - Sooooo many books this month! I don’t even know where to start 😀

September 30, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/30/2012) - […] is a pricey month for books! So many new releases! A review of Starring Me by Krista McGee. Magan adored Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. Our long distance […]

September 30, 2012 - 9:10 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - That pumpkin mousse looks so good right now. Thanks to your picture I’ll be craving sweets today. LOL 😉