Miranda Kenneally

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Win an ARC of THINGS I CAN’T FORGET and a copy of Dear Teen Me!

March 1, 2013

Update: November 5, 2012: The winners of the contest are:

1) A copy of THINGS I CAN’T FORGET goes to Estelle.

2) A copy of DEAR TEEN ME goes to Amy at Book Goonie.

Thanks again for participating!

I’m so thrilled to give away an arc of my third book, THINGS I CAN’T FORGET, coming out on March 1, 2012, and a copy ofΒ the Dear Teen Me anthology, which I co-edited, is coming out on October 30, 2012 (next week!). The anthology features letters from adult YA authors to their teen selves, including entries from Ellen Hopkins, Lauren Oliver, and Sara Zarr.

October 30, 2012

So – to enter the contest, all you have to do is comment below, saying what you’d tell your teen self.Β e.g. I’d tell my teen self to stop eating so much junk food! And if you’re still a teen, tell me something you want to tell your adult self!

I will choose two winners. One person will win the arc of Things I Can’t Forget. The other will win a finished copy of Dear Teen Me. The contest is international and it will end on November 2, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.Thanks for entering!

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99 Responses to “Win an ARC of THINGS I CAN’T FORGET and a copy of Dear Teen Me!”

  1. Colette says:

    I’d tell my teen self to go outside of your comfort zone more often. Be more open, who cares what other people think!

    I cannot wait to read this book!!!

  2. Kari says:

    I would tell my teen self to study harder and eat better. I like your example, ha ha!

  3. I would tell myself to be kind to my mother because one day she would be my best friend. πŸ™‚


  4. julie rimpula says:

    Dear Teen me,
    Loosen up! Enjoy life and be happy. πŸ™‚

  5. Ciara L says:

    Thank you for the contest!

    Technically, I’m still a teen (19 to be exact) but if I could go back, I would tell my earlier teen self this: you’ll be okay on your own. Don’t define yourself by what everyone else thinks of you.

    Can’t wait to read Things I Can’t Forget!

  6. Memory says:

    I’d urge my younger self to develop (and stick to!) a decent exercise plan instead of just lounging around all the time!

  7. Kelly Cooper says:

    I’d tell my teen self to not be so afraid of being yourself. Because as Dr. Seuss said those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter! πŸ™‚

  8. Jeanette says:

    I would tell myself not to stress over the little things. Some things are not worth fussing over.

  9. Jessica says:

    I would tell myself to be carful when picking friends. Don’t choose people who will drag you down.

  10. I’d tell my teen self to be more outgoing.

  11. Andrea T says:

    I would tell my teen self that it is okay to be comfortable in my own skin. That being tall is a great thing. To never let anyone convince me that I deserve less than the best.

    (I have a lot to say to teen me.)

    Thanks and Congratulations!

  12. Lori says:

    I’d tell my teen self to ditch the loser boyfriends because they were only holding me back. What was I thinking? πŸ˜›

  13. I would tell myself to be more outgoing & not be so scared about what others think. I’ll always be introverted, but I think things would be a lot different now if I had learned then how to speak up more.

  14. Silvana says:

    I’d tell my teen self to enjoy life fully- mistakes, painful memories, happiness, to hug them tight because they lead you to a better person.

  15. Areli Sotelo says:

    I would tell the teen to not do anything too extreme, like cutting your own hair.

  16. Leigh Smith says:

    I’d tell my teen self to not worry about what other people think of you as much. Do things for yourself. And that unsweetened tea is not so bad as you think. Give it a try. Today. You’ll get used to it.

  17. Becky Warnick says:

    I would tell my teen self not to take everything everyone says personally and to enjoy life.

  18. megan golden says:

    I would tell my teen self that you are only young and without major responsibilities for a short time. Go out, enjoy your time more and get involved!! (Dye hair pink, parties, sports games, get ear pierced but PLEASE forget about that tattoo)
    Also, take the art class. You will regret not doing it.

  19. Nina says:

    I would tell my teen self that she should stop thinking so much about what other people want her to be, and think more about what she should do for herself to be happy! I spent way too much time trying to please others, but I am so much happier now that I have realized that my own opinion is the only one that really matters:)

  20. Mariah says:

    I would tell my teen self to not to get involved in all the drama that comes with high school. Not to worry about making the perfect friendships because to be honest you probably won’t talk to those people all that much anyway.

  21. Estelle says:

    Ah! So psyched about this book.

    I would tell my teen self a lot of things… haha but one of them would be to have a little bit more fun and not worry about being so “perfect” all the time. That leads to a lot of stress. haha

  22. Andrea says:

    I would tell my teen self to not make decisions based ONLY on emotion. Follow your head, too! Also, start good habits now, because they’re much harder to start when you’re older.

  23. Megan says:

    I’d tell my teenage self to forget the fear and just go for it. And to take a year off before university. And that Chris from bio is a cool guy who likes you.

  24. Annie says:

    Let your freak flag fly, as you are way more likely to regret the things you didn’t do, than the stuff you have done!

  25. Kristan says:

    I would tell my teen self that high school isn’t forever and that there is life after 17, so don’t sweat the little things. Life moves on, people change, and as long as you know where you’re heading the right people will follow.

  26. Kelly M says:

    I’d tell my teen self, you think it’s love, but it’s not! Walk away!! πŸ™‚ thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Haley says:

    I’d tell the teen me appreciate your parents more- parenting is way harder than it looks

  28. Aubri says:

    I would tell my teen self to be more independent, and have confidence in what I am capable of achieving, and make choices for how they will positively affect me and nobody else. Life is hard and not a fairy-tale be responsible but have fun and enjoy the moment.

  29. Edna says:

    I’d tell my teen self to not worry about what others think and to be a bit more outgoing and social. And though I did get good grades, I’d want to push myself a little harder.

  30. Stacey says:

    what would i tell my teen self, not to get pregnant senior year, to wait a few years, but as for my adult me, i wouldn’t change anything at all πŸ˜€ I love my life, and my children, even though I was still very young when I got pregnant.

  31. Kate says:

    I’d tell my teen self to not worry about who likes me, how my hair looks each morning, or the lack of friends in high school. I know things will get better over time and the focus should be on school instead of immature high school drama. To quote my mom “The people who say high school was the best time of their life turn out to be losers.” The best is yet to come!

  32. Sarah Handrich says:

    I would tell myself to be more confident and not care what other people think!

  33. Laura F says:

    I would tell my teen self…It get’s better! So so much better. You go to university (& have a brilliant time plus make some amazing life long friends), get the job you’ve always dreamed of and you’re happy! πŸ™‚

  34. F Marie says:

    I would tell my teen self to not worry so much about what “others” think and worry more about what “I” think. I would also tell my teen self to be nicer to the cute sophomore sitting next to me in geometry as he will father my children someday. Finally, I would strongly advise my teen self to not get in so much trouble at my high school as I will be back in 5 years as a teacher working with the same folks whose classes I skipped or slept through!

    Can’t wait to read “Dear Teen Me” and would like info on bulk purchases!

  35. Jennifer Kerr says:

    I would tell my teen self to go out more and spend time with the people I love, taking life too seriously isnt really worth it and that you never regret the nights you went out but you will regret some of the nights you don’t

  36. Lynn Z says:

    I would tell my teen self to stop settling for losers because I was afraid of dating someone amazing who could actually hurt me. Luckily I figured that out near the end of my teens so maybe my brain communicated subconsciously with my adult self.

  37. Sydney says:

    I’m still a teen myself but this is what I would have said to myself:

    Dear Sydney,
    You have to let the things you can’t control go. You can’t control what your friends do or who they hang out with…that’s their decision not yours. And they may disappoint and hurt you but just know maybe your friendship wasn’t meant to last with them.

    Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  38. Natalie says:

    I would tell my teen self to stop being so shy, and smile a little more often.

  39. Pam says:

    It sounds crazy, but I would tell myself not to be so stressed at such a young age. Between school, friends, and team sports it can be exhausting! But you have your whole life ahead of you to stress, relax and have fun!

    Can’t wait to read this one! Love all of your books so much. πŸ™‚

  40. Madeleine says:

    I’m telling my teenage self to keep my English grade an A or I shall face dire consequences…

  41. Mary says:

    I would tell teen me to go out with my friends a little more and care what people think a little less

  42. Shirley says:

    I’d say…have some FUN once in a while and be a little more outgoing and possibly to have studied a little harder during exam periods…
    Thank you so much for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  43. Miri says:

    I’d tell my teen self to let go of all that anger. Be nicer to my mother, cause me as a teen? Put my mother through hell. And most importantly, value my self worth. And stay away from my hot History teacher, cause that wasn’t a smart move.

  44. Gabbie says:

    Well I’m in the last of my teenage years so I don’t really know what I’d tell myself now… since it is now. And I have no idea what I’d tell my adult self. So I’d tell my younger teenage self to be stronger, stand up for myself

  45. Charlie says:

    I would tell my teenage self that it’s okay to make mistakes and that she doesn’t have to go out of her comfort zone just to please anybody.

  46. Christine says:

    I’d tell my adult self not to forget my teen self.

  47. Eileen says:

    I actually just turned a teen maybe less than six months ago but when I was writing a “Dear Adult Me” letter to myself I told my adult persona never to change for anybody because I believe in what my older self will do with her future and that I love who I am right now πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. Tiff says:

    I’d tell my teen self that spending time with friends and family is more important than spending time with boyfriends who will not be in your life forever. Lesson learned! πŸ˜‰

  49. Andi says:

    I would tell my teenaged self that its okay to be your own person and figure out who you are.

  50. It is so much easier thinking of what I would tell my daughter’s teen self than my own. I think I would warn me is to stay active and not let yourself go…it is so hard to undo. And to stay connected to those HS BFFs. It is hard to reconnect when you are chasing your own kids. And try harder. I did good in school, but if I would have tried what new possibilities would have opened up.

  51. I’m in that awkward stage, where I’m no longer a teen, but also not really an adult (because let’s face it, once you hit 20 you shouldn’t be forced to call yourself an adult for at LEAST ten years or so. Right? Right.) So I’m going to do both:

    dear younger teen self: stop worrying so much and stressing about things you have no control over. It’ll all work out in the end. All you’re going to do is get gray hair and wrinkles in the corner of your eyes faster. Enjoy life; yes, high school will turn into a hell . . . but college is fun! most of the time, at least.

    dear adult self: I’m going to guess that you are still stressing about the little things (because it’s 7:30 am as I type this on a Saturday and I’m stressing out about homework, so I pretty much know your life.) so I’m going to say: relax. enjoy life. STOP STRESSING SO MUCH.

    p.s.: I hope you’re a judge. because hello, that’s the dream.

    thanks for the chance to win, Miranda! I’m going to go see if I can de-stress myself. πŸ˜‰

  52. Precious says:

    I’d tell my teen self to control her eating habits (don’t eat too much sweets) and if possible, to go vegan. πŸ™‚ Because it’s healthy. Oh and I’d tell her to join the soccer team and practice yoga. Thank you for this!

  53. Kaci says:

    Since I don’t feel like a “real” adult yet but I am certainly not a teenager, I guess I would tell my past self and my future self to just relax and enjoy life. Quit stressing over things you have no control over. Don’t worry so much about the future but live in the moment. Oh and that that boy you thought you would marry…Well, he will break your heart but it’ll be ok because he turns out not to be the guy you thought he was.

    Thanks for the chance to win!! =)

  54. Leanne M. says:

    I’m still a teen, so I guess I should write to my adult self?

    Well, I would tell my adult self to tell something to my teen self.

  55. I would tell my teen self, to stop trying to be something I am not and do the things that I love and also its okay to be different, because different is okay and to not rush to grow up.

    Great contest thank you=o)

  56. I’d tell my teen self to pay more attention to the friends who tried to build me up and less to the “friends” who did everything they could to tear me down.

  57. Sam S. says:

    I’m a teen and I want to tell my adult self to never give up hope no matter what life throws my way because I know that sometimes life is tough and all you want to do is die in a hole… so you know, that’s what I would tell my adult self. πŸ˜€

    Thank you for the chance to win! I absolutely adored Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker and I can not freaking wait to find out what happens in Things I Can’t Forget!! I’ve heard that you have now decided to write Epilogues because reader’s want to know what happens to the characters later on, which is a really good idea because I always wanted to know how Henry and Jordan ended up… my questions were answered in Stealing Parker, of course.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway,
    Sam πŸ˜€

  58. Julie Li says:

    I was always really shy so I would tell my teen self to go out there and make friends because they will help you through everything.

    And I’d also want her to look into investing and the real estate market :).

  59. Amy says:

    I would tell my adult self that sometimes, you have to really wait and think about what you are going to say before you say it. Because chances are, whatever that comes popping out of my mouth usually aren’t what I want to say. Then I end up hurting peoples feelings and I spend the rest of the day with a guilty conscience.

    Thanks for the chance to win!! πŸ™‚

  60. Well since I’m currently a teen, I tell myself now to stop putting other things before homework.
    Oh, and is it okay if I just enter the ARC giveaway? Thanks. πŸ™‚

  61. Pavan says:

    I’m still a teen but there are somethings I would like to say to my previous teen self.

    1st: Remember that all those people who called you fat don’t matter, it’s how you see yourself that matters

    2nd: No matter what anyone says, you are a beautiful person inside and out, it may take you a few years to see that but just keep it in mind πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the amazing opportunity!

  62. _Sandra_ says:

    Since I was pretty shy when I was a teenager, I would tell my teen self to take chances, make more risks ’cause life’s too short to regret anything. Also, to live every day to its fullest, not to stress about every single thing and enjoy life. πŸ™‚
    Thanks fro a giveaway! πŸ™‚

  63. Vivien says:

    I would tell my teen self to get more sleep!!!


  64. Lindsey says:

    I would definitely tell my teen self to invest in a hair straightener. I can’t even recall the number of times I’ve flipped through my high school yearbooks and cringed at my photos, HAHA.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! πŸ™‚

  65. Kaelyn says:

    I’d tell my teen self not to worry about the future so much, and just enjoy the moment. It all works itself out anyway.

  66. Emilie says:

    I haven’t been out of my teens for that long but I would tell my teen self to take some time to relax and take time for myself. I was involved in so many activities that I never really had time for myself.

  67. Laura says:

    Dear teen-me,
    stop thinking so much!

  68. SJune says:

    I would tell my teen self to stop worrying about making other people happy & just be yourself. Because the real you is pretty darn awesome. Is also tell her to start writing down all the stories her mom & Nannie tell her because they really won’t be there forever and you’ll miss them when they are gone, so try not to fight too much.

    I LOVED Catching Jordan & Stealing Parker!

  69. Kayla S says:

    I would tell my teen self to stay away from certain boys! Lol man, looking back, I did some stupid things πŸ˜‰

  70. Jenny says:

    I would tell my teen self to think first and THEN act or speak. Actually I need to keep telling my adult self that…

  71. Sunny says:

    To always appreciate and to always love….and to not procrastinate as much πŸ™‚

  72. I’d tell my teen self that I still should not listen to others saying I’ll understand she was only wanting the best for me because my mother is still not any less crazy now.

  73. Sara says:

    To take a second and think before I act and do your homework!

    I LOVE your books! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  74. Dear Teen Me,

    Exercise. Seriously. Get out there and run. You’ll appreciate the habit when you get older.


  75. martina says:

    Well, there was this boy in my junior high. I think he liked me but one day we had a fight and I told him something that hurt him so much he stopped talking to me. I knew I was wrong but I didn’t say sorry to him. Until know he still doesn’t want to talk to me although I had tried to ad his facebook and message him. And now I am 27!!
    I want to say to my teen self to just say sorry to him. Don’t let your ego do something you will regret in the future. And also to watch my mouth before saying things.

  76. Kaede says:

    Dear awesome young me,

    Don’t forget to eat lots of cake. Stay away from those annoying things that go by the the title “boys” because if young adult books taught me anything is that real life boys will never be as amazing as the fictional ones. Save yourself the disappointment. Also, eat lots of strawberry dipped in sugar. ‘Cause they are bad for you. But you only live once, so, who cares?

    Oh, and, don’t forget to be awesome and read a lot.

    With evil love,
    Yours Truly.

  77. Toni says:

    I would tell my teen self not to put that letter in that boys locker anonymously freshman year because it will end up being really embarrassing. I would tell her that she shouldn’t worry about falling in front of everyone in the commons during the first month because it will happen at least twenty more times during high school and that time wasn’t as bad as other epic falls will be. I would tell her not to sneak up on her brother and his girlfriend because she won’t like what she sees. πŸ™‚ I will tell her that she will do a lot of embarrassing things but she finds people who love her for her flaws and in college those moments will only be funny memories.

  78. Ashley Scales says:

    I would tell my teen self to just be yourself. Not everyone is going to like you and that is ok. You don’t have to impress everyone. All you need is your closeted friends who think so highly of you and life is good. I would also say even though you are having a difficult time and you may not think God is there he is and always will be. I would also say keep having fun, enjoy school and sports. And all the guys u had crushes on were lame any way

  79. PaoMtzP says:

    I’d tell my adult self: congratulations. All of those endless nights studying and working so hard you wanted to die paid off. You just have to believe in yourself. Keep trying!

  80. Alexis says:

    I’d tell my adult self: you made it, even thought there were those days where you just didn’t want to continue because of the stress you made it. Those days of not choosing not to jump off a cliff have paid off because now, you made it and hopefully you will have someone to share it with.

  81. Audrey says:

    Hmm, Dear Adult Audrey: I hope you’re doing something you like and you’re surrounded by people who make you happy. And you got to visit Norway :p

  82. I would tell my teen self that it only gets better and to revel in the best first love experience ever!

  83. Sarah says:

    Dear Teen Me,
    don’t let other people and their opinions of the right and wrong things get to you! You are just right the way you are!:)

  84. Sarah J. says:

    I’d tell myself to stop trying to be popular and not worry whether people thought I was weird. πŸ™‚

  85. Veronika says:

    Dear Teen Me,

    please be careful who you trust and who you let close to you. Don’t take life too seriously, go out and have fun!

    Yours truly,
    Future Me.

  86. Misa says:

    I would tell my teen self to not care too much what other people think, and to find the people who love you for you because they are the ones that matter and who will stand by you in the long run.

  87. anary says:

    Dear Adult Me,

    I want you to be more honest with your self when the time comes. Welcome other people in your life and lower the wall you have built when you were a teen for them. You don’t have to trust them easily but give them a chance. An always be yourself and don’t ever evr forget your family and true friends. :))

    xoxo— Teen Me

  88. Kimberly says:

    I would tell my teen self to not let a small argument over something stupid ruin a great friendship. And also, that no matter what happens you are stronger than you think you are and you can do anything you want.

  89. Amanda says:

    I would tell my teen self to be more outgoing and go out more with my friends….

  90. Yvonne says:

    I’d tell my teen-self just one thing: Have so much fun as long and much as possible. Try to enjoy every day and live your dreams. If you wanna do something, don’t let other people stop you. Don’t be afraid to fail, because even failure brings you knowledge. Don’t let other people decide, what you can or cannot do – find it out for yourself. Never stop believing in yourself and never, never ever stop dreaming and fighting for your dreams to come true.

  91. Michelle says:

    I would tell my teen self that the grey streak in my hair is a birthmark, and that eventually I will come to term with it and sort of like it, so stop trying to hide it and dye it.

  92. michelle s. says:

    i’d tell my teen self that while school is very important, it is not everything. stop being so worried about that B you got in your report card.

  93. Valia says:

    I’d tell myself not to worry so much, not that I’d listen πŸ™‚

  94. Sarah O says:

    I would tell my teen self to take pride in what you do and work hard, because you might be smart, but it’s a good work ethic that’ll serve you well for the rest of your life. Also, don’t quit basketball AND softball. And, just relax.

  95. Laura says:

    I’d tell my teen self that I have to believe in myself. To don’t think that something it’s wrong with me because I don’t fit in a circle of friends, and that I have to learn to love myself and just be myself, because the people that’ll stay by my side are the people that love the real me and don’t expect me to be nobody else. That growing up is hard and you have to find yourself and stick for what you believe is right or wrong. I’d tell my teen self that every obstacle that I went through was worthy and made me the person that I am right now. I feel stronger and wiser, and now I’m on my second year of med school. I learned to let go the people that hurted me (lIn highschool I hade some friends like Laura from Stealing Parker) and keep the ones that I love with all my sould and that accept me for who i am (my best friends from kinder garden, middle school, voleyball club and college). But most of all, I’d tell my teen self that life is hard and dangerous and that sometimes it is really scary, but you have to live it and enjoy it, and share the love that is around you πŸ™‚

  96. Hiba says:

    I’m a teenager, so I would tell my adult self to not be as depressed and my teenage years are turning out to be. Also, I would add to be more social, because of have currently have not many friends (all i got that i can trust are books and lovely drums). One last thing i have to add is to make sure, in the future, to pray my mom and dad are happy, and I don’t ever purposely or even think of upsetting them (goes for my awesome brother too).

  97. Allizabeth says:

    I would tell my teen self to be confident and ignore the opinions of those that don’t matter.

  98. Erica says:

    I’d tell my teen self to be more confident and ignore the obnoxious opinions of others, as they really don’t matter.

  99. Gaby says:

    Well I would tell MY teen self to take a chance and to people more. Make new friends because High School is over before you know it.

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