Dear Teenage Me,
I am sending you a present by means of time travel.
Books, your favourite thing after new vinyl and clothes.
Naturally, I would also like to assure you that things turn out basically OK. Things, meaning Life, the universe, yadda yadda? At least until you reach the advanced age of 43 and after that, who cares, right? Why am I talking like an American sitcom? Child, in the future, everyone talks this way.
What's that you say? No, you don't marry a rock star. But you do marry someone very wonderful and you have two beautiful children. No, you don't live in a house with two staircases and a lake and peacocks strutting in the grounds but you live in a perfectly nice house, OK?
Yes it is in England. In fact it's about two miles from where you are now!!!
Yeah, sorry about that.
Anyways...What do you look like? Well pretty much the same plus two dress sizes and a lot of grey hair...no, no don't kill yourself! It is fine, honestly.You learn to make the best of what God gave you. Just like your mother always said.
OK well on to my presents. You see here in the future things are different. They have this thing called Young Adult literature that didn't exist back in your (our) day. I know you're enjoying your diet of Jane Austen Nancy Mitford and Agatha Christie but believe me you would have ADORED these books. And you would have learned SO much.
will cry. And fall in love with the protagonist thus opening your eyes to the joy of geeks, a move which will prove wise. Trust me on this one.
How I live Now. Basically, the Mitfords transplanted to a dystopian future
England. Like The Pursuit of Love with more war and cousin incest.
Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road
Taylor is a tough girl and sorry, but you could really do with toughening
up. Friendship here is mixed so beautifully with loss and pain. Something you'll come to understand one day.
This is basically a feminist tract wrapped up in a fluffy boarding school and boys
package. Read, digest and remember.
So there you go! Something to keep your permanently book starved mind fed. Sure there's other stuff that's big, Twilight, and Hunger Games but trust me you would hate it.
What's that? Are there books about you? You mean about British Asian girls growing up in the suburbs, listening to punk and dreaming of the City? Funnily enough, not really. Yes I'm aware thirty years have gone by, but pretty much no. There's Sherman Alexie but that's the other kind of Indian
But you know something, sweetie?
I might just write you one.
Love and kisses
Sent from my iPhone (trust me you will LOVE these!)