Y is for (Books About) Younger Self/ Older Self #atozchallenge

For A to Z 2018, my theme is Books About ____. If you’re stopping by from your own A to Z blog, feel free to leave a link. If you need help with how to do that, you can look here.

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When I started pondering this category, I realized there are more books than I would have expected where a younger and older version of a character get to communicate through some means.

A few years ago, I wrote a letter to 16-year-old me and posted it here, if you’re interested. Part of me really wishes I could have sent that letter, and part of me knows I probably wouldn’t have listened anyway.

I Remember You, by Cathleen Davitt Bell (YA fantasy/ romance): Juliet meets Lucas and starts to fall for him, even though he keeps saying weird things about how he remembers their relationship from another time when it happened a little differently. Juliet isn’t sure she believes what Lucas is saying, but she loves him, so she believes in him. This is such a lovely book about the power of love.

Every Ugly Word, by Aimee L. Salter (YA fantasy): 17-year-old Ashley is able to communicate with her 23-year-old self by looking in the mirror. Ashley of the future has already been through all the bullying that Younger Ashley is dealing with, but Older Ashley is hiding something from her younger self. This book made me feel so many things.

Landline, by Rainbow Rowell (fantasy/ romance): Full disclosure… I love everything by Rainbow Rowell. This isn’t my favorite book of hers, but it’s still a fun read. I listened to it on audiobook, and it made a long car ride much easier. The romance in Neal and Georgie’s relationship has died; work and kids get in the way. When Georgie has a big opportunity come up at work, and informs Neal that she can’t fly home with him and the kids for Christmas, he leaves without her. She’s not sure if it’s the end of their relationship, and, depressed, she goes to her mom’s house where she uses a magic phone to talk to Neal-of-the-past and remembers all the things she loved about him. It was a sweet romantic story that flashed between present and past. Sometimes we just need to be reminded about those we love.

Are there any books you like that are like this? What would you tell your teenaged self?