My husband frequently tools on me for reading SEVENTEEN and TEEN VOGUE, even though he knows I do it for work. As a young adult novelist and screenwriter who writes a lot of teen movies, it’s important to stay up to date with the teen culture and lingo. Which, as I often remind my husband, makes my subscriptions tax deductable.
But the thing is, I’m secretly glad I have an excuse to read these magazines. And not just because I like to keep up with the fashion trends for Prom season. These magazines aren’t intended for me, but like unearthing a repressed traumatic memory, I believe they are healing the teen girl inside of me, the young me who flipped through their pages filled with self-loathing because she didn’t look like the models, no matter how much Clearisil and Noxema she slathered on, the girl who felt like a reject because didn’t have a boyfriend about which to fill out the ubiquitous Love Quiz at the end. Or, at least a boyfriend who wasn’t gay.
I think there’s something very valuable in grown women (and men!) looking back on that time in our past when were first stepping (and mis-stepping) into our adult selves. As someone who writes about and for teenagers, I’m glad I’m able to use my own experiences to offer some wisdom to teenagers today.
And apparently, I’m not alone.
Below are some fun and entertaining resources for that rich and fascinating intersection of the adult and teenage worlds. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
1. THE JV CLUB PODCAST
Presented by Nerdist.com and produced by the wonderful Janet Varney, this weekly, hour-long podcast features Janet interviewing popular actresses and comedians about their teen years. Hilarious, wise, and absolutely addictive!
2. DEAR TEEN ME
Dear Teen Me is a blog of letters, written by YA authors, to their teenage selves. And now, it’s a book, too! Read my Dear Teen Me post here, and peruse hundreds of others. So heartening. So 80’s.
3. YOUNG ADULT
If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s worth checking out. Definitely the dark side of that strange phenomenon known as Grown-Ups Who Are Stuck in High School.