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It Gets Better; This is How

Erin offers you a chance at winning The Letter Q, an anthology featuring some of today's great authors and their advice to their younger selves.

It Gets Better; This is How

Happy Friday, FYAers.  I hope you've had a good (short, in Americans' case) week and have an awesome, restful, mimosa-filled weekend planned.  

Normally when we receive a book to review, we use our Book Report to explain whether we enjoyed it or not.  But sometimes a Book Report just doesn't get 'er done - usually when there are short stories or non-fiction involved.  So you'll just have to bear with me for a moment as I wax poetic about The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves.

The Letter Q is an anthology of more than sixty writers who have written letters of hope to their younger selves, letters meant to tackle the confusion, depression or bullying that their teenaged selves went through.  It's at times funny, often sad, and ultimately hopeful.  And it gives you a glimpse into the younger lives of some of your favorite authors (David Levithan!  Brian Selznick!  Gregory Maguire!), which is AWESOME, because now I can say with full-fledged certainty that if David Levithan and I were at school together, he'd have been my very bestest best friend.  I mean, until he started listening to Barbara Streisand on a loop, that is.  I have limits.

We're very close.

This is not a book to read in public, folks (except how it is, so that you can make strangers interested in reading it and counteract all the Fifty Shades of Grey readers of the world), unless you enjoy making those weird snarfling noises that signify imminent tears that you're trying to hold back.  I mean, if that's what you're after, awesome.  I hope the snot that you try to inhale over this book makes you seem super sexy to passers by.  But if you aren't interested in making old ladies stop you on the street and ask you, "dearie, do you need help?" whilst you flail your hands rapidly and choke out, "no, I'm fine; I'm just having all the feelings," then keep this book on your night stand.  Read it when you're a little sad, or feeling a little hopeless.  Read it when you're wondering why this world is so crappy and if it will ever get better.  Read it if you have a teenager in your life and then give it to them to read as well.  But definitely read it.

And, to help you out with that command, we're offering a giveaway, sponsored by Scholastic!!  It's only open to US Residents (sorry, elsewhere readers!) and I'll post the rules for entry below.  But first, find out what you win!


THE LETTER Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves

Edited by Sarah Moon
Released May 1, 2012

One (1) winner will receive: ·        

  • A copy of The Letter Q·       
  • “It Gets Better” t-shirt benefitting the It Gets Better project

All prizing provided by Scholastic.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.


Want to learn more about the book?  Check out this (for once!!) super awesome trailer:


In this anthology, sixty-four award-winning authors and illustrators such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline, Woodson, Terrence McNally, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin, make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love, messages of understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.


Want to connect with other fans of The Letter Q?  You can follow them on Facebook or keep up with them on Twitter using the hashtag #TheLetterQ.


Like I said, you guys, I really, really want you to read this book.  Actually, if I weren't personally handing over my (tear-streaked) copy to a junior high library so that they can't use "we have no funds" as an excuse to stock it, I'd offer to do even another giveaway.  Because I think it's a sad book, and a funny book and an important book.  I'm not Queer, but the struggles written about in this book are universal.  We all go through times of feeling worthless and we all need to know that it gets so much better.

So!  That's the challenge for this giveaway!!  What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?  It doesn't have to be serious (but it can be), but it does have to be true.  What's the one thing you wish Younger You could have heard back in the day?  Leave your comments below and we'll pick a winner next week. (contest closed)

Erin Callahan's photo About the Author: Erin is loud, foul-mouthed, an unrepentant lover of trashy movies and believes that champagne should be an every day drink. When she isn't drowning in a sea of engineers for whom Dilbert is still uproariously funny, she's writing about books, tv, the cult of VC Andrews and more.