A while, while back Angie at Angieville did a post on which books she’d give her younger self based on Molly at Ten Block Wall’s post. I’ve never quite forgotten that thought-provoking concept, and since I’d recently read some books my teenage self desperately needed, I’d thought I’d do my own post on this awesome hypothetical theory.
1. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti. I know, pretty predictable. I read this last month and I couldn’t refrain from leaving it out of my review of this beautiful book. This was also Angie’s first pick, and after reading it I couldn’t agree with her more wholeheartedly. I’d give this to my 18-year-old self, who would desperately and very literally need the advice within a year.
2. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. I agree with Molly on this one. Boy, I needed to learn this lesson. Losing friends unexpectedly, experiencing childhood bullying, Jennifer and Cameron would’ve helped me understand that some close relationships, whether friend of boyfriend will end abruptly and with no closure. It was painful to read as an adult, so I’m not sure how my teenage self would’ve been able to finish it. But with the beautiful cover and a note my 18-year-old self would’ve read this and had been much better off.
3. The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer. Although I may not have needed to go back in time to give myself this book, I recently reviewed this and my romantic, shy 15-year-old self would’ve laughed and been encouraged by this book of romance myths debunked. She needed to see that sometimes the gawky, nerdy girl gets the unattainable, cute boy. One book would sufficed – don’t want to inflate my ego.
4. Beastly by Alex Flinn. What teenage girl doesn’t like fairy-tale retellings? Reading this funny and modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast would’ve sparked my interest in reading when I was 13 and directed me towards other great retelling authors like Donna Jo Napoli, Robin McKinley, and Gail Carson Levine.
I could add a ton more but these were the ones that stood out to me. What about you?