Thursday, April 23, 2015

An Open Letter to My YA Self + Giveaway

Ginger of GReads! is hosting a lovely blog feature called An Open Letter to My YA Self , wherein the participants (including me) will have to write a letter to their young adult self. You can view the full schedule of the different posts here. Thank you Ginger for this wonderful opportunity. Now, here goes my letter...

Dear (Young) Carmel,

Hi… *insert cricket sounds* I know you are probably nervous as you are reading this and you probably would not want to hear from your future self. Just let me be. I was in the mood (read: bored). Plus, there’s a power interruption so I got nothing else to do. So, I have to remind you of a few things: DON’T GROW UP. IT’S A TRAP! I AM CONFIRMING IT TO YOU. Seriously, lighten up!

You will be overwhelmed on how awesome you will be in the future. Haha. I know you’re probably giving me the side eyes now. Just listen to me, okay? You will meet the man of your dreams aka Piolo Pascual during one summer vacation. Don't take it lightly! He will visit you at your house. SO, BE PREPARED! Aside from that, you will survive high school. School is school. Nothing special or notable. You won't be miss popular, but in college, you will stand out. It would be hard at first, but college -- despite the intrigues that were thrown at you -- will be easy peasy for you. You will be rewarded for your hard work. You deserve that award! I will not elaborate the award, but trust me, IT'S GOOD! Anyway, like what I said, I’m here to remind you of a few things in life:

Don’t change who you are for someone else. As cliché as it seems, but the best advice I can give you is to be yourself. There will be people who will accept you for who are (and who you are not.) Yes, not a lot, but there will be. Stay with those people. Besides, you will gain (fictional) friends in the future. You will know what I mean when you are done reading this letter.

Take your own sweet time on things. I know you are very mature for your age. Don’t decide on a whim unless you are buying for books. You may not understand certain things, but patience is a virtue.

The world is not as bad as they paint it to be.  I know you are NO girl. But you have to enjoy! You don’t need to overanalyze everything. Don’t take life too seriously. No one gets out alive as what your friend Sandy said.

Lastly, I am here to recommend you some books. These are contemporary novels that I am certain you can relate to and enjoy as well.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
 Auden’s too serious like you. I am sure you will see yourself in her.

 “Who says there has to be a point?" he asked. "Or a reason. Maybe it's just something you have to do.” ― Sarah Dessen

Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson
Leigh’s over analytical mind is definitely something you can relate to.

“I've never told another soul about the stories I make up while I'm trying to fall asleep, and I would never even consider writing them down. They're just too personal. Nathan fell silent as well, and I realized that maybe I wasn't the only one who felt that way. I wondered how many people in the world have daydreams spinning around in their heads that they would never put into words. Probably more than you would think.”  ― Alicia Thompson  
Golden by Jessi Kirby
This will remind you to take risks. You have to take that chance!

 “But what I realize, here, now, is that it's not actually making the choice that takes courage. It's facing it afterward. Owning up to it, whether it's good or bad.” ― Jessi Kirby

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
You and Ruby are alike. You don’t like accepting help. It’s okay to accept some help, you know!

“Needing was so easy: it came naturally, like breathing. Being needed by someone else, though, that was the hard part. But as with giving help and accepting it, we had to do both to be made complete- like links overlapping to form a chain, or a lock finding the right key.” ― Sarah Dessen

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick
The truth is ambiguous sometimes. You just have to read this!

“In my experience, the truly evil are few and good people, with the very best intentions, often make very bad decisions and get in way over their heads before they know it. People drown, quietly before our eyes, all the time.” ― Ilsa J. Bick
Okay, you may go back to daydreaming about Sam Claflin, to conspiring with Joe Carroll, and to reading more awesome books. One more thing, you will to go to Disneyland and visit other countries. Life is good. SMILE!

(The Not So Young) Carmel


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  1. Angelica Dela VegaApril 23, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    Never give up!

    Hmmm. That would be...The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler.

  2. If I could tell my YA self something in a sentence it'd be - You may not realize it now, but reading and writing will be the best things in your life someday and those days are so amazing.

    Also, I'd recommend Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda because once upon a time, I was like Simon, scared of people and whatever they thought of me. But now, I have friends who love me and it's all going good. :D

  3. This is really beautiful, Carmel!! :) I have FEELS~ And its great that you also have book recs for your younger self. :)

  4. Awe! I love your letter! Your advice to yourself is perfect, and everybody should take it! Too many people think that they have to change for other people, and there's no fun in that at all.

    I haven't read any Sarah Dessen books, so I think I should get on that, and soon.

  5. That's quite a sweet letter Carmel! I think we all feel like we should tell our younger selves to not worry about being who we are, we'll find our people in the end!

  6. I wonder what you reward you got, Carms! Eekk! Anyway, you've changed your comment form from Disqus to Blogger comment form. Why? I was trying to change mine to Disqus but I cannot import the existing Blogger comments I have to Disqus bc there is something changed on Disqus. *Sigh. So I'm unfortunately sticking to Blogger comment. Also, Intense Debate sucks. Lucky for WP bloggers.

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  8. Thank you Pili for appreciating my letter. Not bad at letter writing after all! :D

  9. I didn't like The Moon and More though. Sarah Dessen is a hit or miss for me. Thank you for taking time to read my letter, Erin! :)

  10. I don't think I've even heard of that one. I just bought That Summer and Keeping the Moon, and I've got a copy of Saint Anything coming. I'm definitely going to make sure that I at least attempt to read a few of her books because she's such a dominant force in YA.

  11. I would tell my YA self to accept things as they are and know that things do happen for a reason and it isn't bad. Change is sometimes good.

  12. "Where The Stars Still Shine"

  13. I would tell myself to have more fun, to travel more and learn as much languages as possible! Then I'd reccomend her to read all those YA novels with positive and strong female protagonists!

  14. I would say NOT to read twilight

  15. "Be yourself." You know how when you tell a lie and as time passes, it gets harder and harder to tell the truth, that's kind of the same, so don't hold back (I know you're crazy in there), be yourself right from the start.

    YA Contemporary recommendation: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell :)


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