If you could write a letter to yourself at some point in the past, what would it say? What age would you choose?
The teenage years are fairly representative of some sort of upheaval for most people — good or bad, troubled or care-free. Even though you probably didn't realize it at the time, you were on the cusp of major change.
"Dear Me: A Letter To My Sixteen-Year-Old Self" is a collection of such letters. The book includes letters from 75 celebrities, writers, musicians, athletes and actors — letters written to their younger selves that give words of comfort, warning, humor and advice. And good or bad, troubled or care-free, this book will take you back to a period in your life that is worth revisiting, even if it is only to capture a bit of your youth in a bottle or to pat your younger self on the back and let them know that life will get better.
The letters in "Dear Me" are at once intimate, surprising, sweet, heartbreaking, uplifting and witty. Sure, they offer a glimpse into the childhoods of some of my favorite celebrities: J.K. Rowling, Gillian Anderson, Stan Lee, Hugh Jackman, Kathleen Turner, Lynda Carter, Gene Hackman, James Belushi, Seth Green, Stephen King, and William Shatner, just to name a few.
But as I read the book, the line between the famous and not-so-famous seemed to melt away. Each letter brought me back to that same period in my life. The time when life is at its most promising yet most confusing. Each letter offered words of love and comfort — some raw and intense, others witty and silly, but all equally moving.
So whether you want to read an unfiltered letter from one of your favorite celebrities, or revisit that tumultuous period in your own life, "Dear Me" is worth the read. And one that certainly got me thinking about the letter I would write to my own 16-year-old self. Stay tuned.