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An SCBWI Official Reading List Selection 2018

 
 
 

This is a book about the dark side of love: the way it kicks your ass, tears out your heart, and then forces you to eat it, bite by bloody bite. If you’ve felt this way, you’re not alone…

In this powerful collection, YA authors answer real letters from teens all over the world about the dark side of love: dating violence, break-ups, cheating, betrayals, and loneliness. This book contains a no-holds-barred, raw outpouring of the wisdom these authors have culled from mining their own hearts for the fiction they write. Their responses are autobiographical, unflinching, and filled with love and hope for the anonymous teen letter writers.

Featuring Adi Alsaid, Becky Albertalli, Libba Bray, Mike Curato, Heather Demetrios, Amy Ewing, Zach Fehst, Gayle Forman, Corey Ann Haydu, Varian Johnson, A.S. King, Nina LaCour, Kim Liggett, Kekla Magoon, Sarah McCarry, Sandhya Menon, Cristina Moracho, Jasmine Warga, and Ibi Zoboi

This is the kind of book that you read with an ache in your heart—for the teen letter writers, for the authors responding, for anyone feeling the same pain, for yourself. Dear Heartbreak might be as devastating as its namesake, but also just like heartbreak, it’s possible to emerge from the other side pieced back together again.
— Forever Young Adult
Surrender your laptop, Ann Landers...Each writer embraces one broken teen heart while responding with a masterful combination of painful honesty, gentle encouragement, and irreverent humor...Whether it is unrequited love, love that has become abusive, or the misery of being ghosted, this collection reaffirms that love is worth living for, that we must love ourselves first, and that, thankfully, broken hearts do mend.
— Kirkus
 
This is a poem made from the titles of each YA author’s letter: our gift to you, to stick in your back pocket whenever Heartbreak comes to call. xoxo

This is a poem made from the titles of each YA author’s letter: our gift to you, to stick in your back pocket whenever Heartbreak comes to call. xoxo