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 Kosoko Jackson, author of The Forest Demands Its Due, which comes out this Tuesday.
Dear Sixteen-Year-old Kosoko,
I’m imagining, if you’re getting this email, you’re probably staying up a bit too late, talking to a boy. I know, right? Someone knows you’re gay and you didn’t tell them yet. Trust me, kid, you’re not as good at hiding your sexuality as you think you are. It’s okay, don’t worry, it’s not going to be an issue when you’re older.
But that’s a long way away. Let’s focus on the now, shall we?
Kosoko at 16