The letter below is part of an ongoing series featuring letters from authors to their teen selves. If you're a published author who'd like to participate in this series, we'd love to have you. Just click here and let us know you're interested. Today's guest is Wendelin Van Draanen, author of The Peach Rebellion, which comes out on Tuesday.
Dear Teenage Wendelin,
Is it unfair of me to not just jump in and say, It’s all going to be all right…? I’m tempted to because I know you want to hear it, need to believe it. But it would actually be unfair for me to fast-forward to that. It would be too simplistic to wrap such a pretty bow around your life, because inside the whole of it, there’s a lot to unpack.
I’m also not going to chronicle what lies ahead for you. There are swamps and cliffs and rodents of unusual size, but—as you’ll begin to see—they exist for everyone, so never feel alone in that!
Wendelin as a teenager