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Dear Me: More Letters to My Sixteen Year Old Self [Hardcover]

Joseph Galliano
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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27 Oct 2011
If you were to write a letter to your 16-year-old self, what would it say? In Dear Me, some of the world's most famous and best loved celebrities, from actors to chefs, directors to musicians, have written just such a letter. The letters range from the compassionate to the shocking via hilarity and heartbreak, but they all have one thing in common: they offer a unique insight into the teenager who would grow up to be...J.K. Rowling, Hugh Jackman, Kathleen Turner, Stan Lee, James Belushi, Moon Zappa, Seth Green, Piers Morgan, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Phil Ramone, Michael Winner, Alan Cumming, Jerry Springer, Armistead Maupin, E from The Eels, Ferran Adria, Rose McGowan, James Woods or Gillian Anderson. It is the perfect gift for your mum or dad, sister or brother, gran or granddad, or someone who is a teenager, even turning 16.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857207156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857207159
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Wit and wisdom on everything from hairstyles to relationships' --Daily Telegraph

'Full of poignant life lessons' --Diva

'If you could step back in time, what would you tell your 16-year-old self? That's the premise of a new book, Dear Me, in which numerous celebrities write letters to their teenage selves. From the hilarious to the heartfelt, here are some of their nuggets of wisdom' --Daily Mail

'Rowling is among more than 70 personalities who have candidly revealed how and why being 16 was not always sweet' --Sunday Times

--Telegraph, Christmas Books

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "They're really just the same as us!" 20 Nov 2011
They really are, aren't they?! All of these celebs: revered for something famous and infamous, experienced of time and wise, young and beginning to paint their mark in life, very widely known, little known for something well known, all of these celebs share something in common - that they are actually no different to us. So much of the Magazines of my time - I'm 28 by the way - and films and PR campaigns and twitter streams and exasperating reality TV shows (and breathe!) are geared up to display a side of celebrities that make them unattainable, untainted and, well, unreal. We see so much of them but in reality we see nothing. But then this!

This interesting concept has made it's way into a book idea and eventually through my front door. I have never been so enthralled to read a celebrity account before. I don't buy a lot of this celeb culture because of the aforementioned (and afore-overkilled) but now I get it. Because they are like us. They happen to be in the public eye for various reasons, respected by many for what they have achieved, but it started out the same as you and me. So it not only holds hope for someone who has perhaps the same level of desire and drive as them, but also gives strength for anyone who just needs to know from someone we trust without knowing, someone who has revealed something about them we didn't know, that, actually, it will be alright.

The book itself is beautifully done. It has charisma and charm and the Editor's own letter is one of my favourites because he, too, must have gone through a lot to get this neat concept together and it delivers. I congratulate him. I salute the celebrities of old and new who have allowed us to read (and heed) the advice they would so honestly give to themselves in retrospect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming little book! 5 Dec 2011
By Vince
I was bought this as a gift recently and wasn't sure what to expect - but it turned out to be a very charming, very touching, and surprisingly honest and poignant collection of insights from some very familiar names. It feels like it's been put together with real care and the celebs involved deserve a big thumbs-up for their candid nature and for making the whole book feel so heartfelt!

If I'm perfectly honest, I'm not normally one for anything autobiographical as it's usually either a few hundred pages of "haven't I had a hard life" or "haven't I done well", but this refreshingly stays away from all that whilst still giving a real insight into the contributors. Suffice to say, I really enjoyed reading this and can thoroughly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 15 Nov 2011
I was thrilled to discover the new version of this book and though I initially bought it for a friend's 16 year old daughter (having bought the original Dear Me, for a different friend's daughter), had to buy my own copy to keep. It gives very touching, honest and funny insights into some celebrity mindsets which I think you don't necessarily obtain from reading articles or seeing tv interviews. I loved the irony of Alice Cooper's comments - it really made me smile. It also made me think about myself at 16 years old! I think this is a perfect, affordable little Christmas present or stocking filler and not just for people of 16!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the Kindle Version 22 Mar 2012
By KES1974
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would have rated the book higher for the actual content but I have the kindle edition and I am finding it incredibly difficult to read. Every other page is blank and I have not yet been able to make the text larger - the print is tiny! I'm actually going to buy this book again, but hard copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suz 31 Jan 2012
What a brilliant book...seriously i found this to be a book which should actually be most 16yr old's bible. This one is going to my 17 yr old so she can keep it and when she is not sure she can read some of the letters and know that life will always get better.
The other bonus is getting info from famous people as they write to themselves and you find out that actually they weren't always the confident, strong people they are now. They in their own way show the same insecurities that most people have at 16, if not more in some cases.
I am off to buy the first book with a foreword by Elton John as i think that will also be brilliant and that will be my 18yr old's bible. With a note from me in both of them,....hopefully they will become a family heirloom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adore 17 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This books are great, the second is perhaps not as good as the first as it lacks some of the 'huge' names that the first book had, but still the letters are highly thought evoking and fun to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite interesting...
...but please, some of the handwritten stuff was nearly unreadable! I have the other "Dear Me" book as well and although some of it is a lot of fun, most of it just seems... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
I love the style of writing with this book, I like the fact that it is also useful for teenagers to read as it is people that they would have heard of, giving advice to their own... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Usual suspect
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
A beautifully simple concept - adults (in the case of this book, celebrities and sports folk) writing a letter to their 16-year-old selves - this is funny and moving, life... Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by Mark West
3.0 out of 5 stars more English contributions!
It's a good and interesting read but a lot of the contributors are from the u.s. and I hadn't heard of them. But i loved reading j.k. Rowling and Alan Rickman's letters!
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Lucy Duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars Great content, bad formatting on Kindle.
This book has some excellent content - the inclusion of Steve Vai sealed it for me - but the Kindle version is poorly formatted. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the NEWEST Dear Me, pub2011, for UK readers
For those of you who are confused, this is the NEWEST edition of Dear Me, for UK readers - and features JK Rowling, Hugh Jackman, Alice Cooper, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, James... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by Mr. J. J. Galliano
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