Allison Winn Scotch's 5 Things I'd Tell the Teen Me

Our guest today: NYT bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch

Why we love her: Not only is she incredibly talented, she's also funny, beautiful and VERY nice. We are majorly girl crushin'! Not to mention we couldn't agree more with #5 on her list below...

Her latest book: The Song Remains The Same (Out April 12th!)

The scoop on it: One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .

It isn't long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end, she will discover that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself-and to finding happiness.

Our thoughts: We LOVED it-our fave book that she's written thus far.  It was thought provoking and had us guessing until the end-we highly recommend you grab a copy asap so you can see why The Song Remains The Same is getting some of the best reviews of Allison's career!

Fun Fact: Allison often profiles celebrities and has interviewed some of our fave celebrity crushes like Scott Speedman and Michael Vartan! 

Giveaway: FIVE copies!  Just leave a comment and you'll be entered to win.  We'll choose the winners on Sunday April 8th after 6pm PST.


1. You're On The Right Track: Keep being independent, keep sticking to your guns. Sure, this means that sometimes you have crazy arguments with your father over the state of the world and political affairs, but it also means that you'll know when to stand up for yourself a decade later, when it comes to work, to love, to friendship. You're growing more comfortable with personal responsibility, with emotional responsibility, and both of these will serve you well.

2. Say Thank You to Your Boyfriend: You guys won't last. You probably already know that. That by the second day of college, you'll have outgrown each other. But for now, he is wonderful – a loving, kind relationship that will lay the foundation for what you should expect from future relationships. You won't, always. To be sure, you will date some really lousy guys who will ruin you for a few months every now and then when you break up. But your boyfriend…he's a good guy, and he'll teach you what you have a right to expect from a relationship. This will be your Point North as you navigate the sticky dating scene of your 20s.

3. Love Your Body! (And Enjoy Your Boobs!) You have been blessed with good genes, so why do you always think that you're fat? You're not. You're beautiful. Your body will go on to do amazing things: birth two fantastic babies, take you to all different points on the globe, dance until 3AM, run a 10k, and have enough energy to keep up with your growing kids. All of that energy you spend worrying about your body shape can be used for so many better things…writing, happiness, music, love. And enjoy your boobs while you have them – because they are wonderful, and you really won't appreciate them until those two little babies suck the life out of them while nursing, and then you'll look back at your teenage self and be like, "Hot damn, I had great boobs."

4. Sometimes Your Parents Are Right. You'll find this hard to believe, but it turns out, they did a pretty good job. You're fighting with them now but you'll appreciate what they did for you – taught you about the value of hard work, taught you how to raise your kids with a good sense of humor. They've given you a lot of confidence and independence, and maybe it's biting them in the ass right now, but eventually it won't. And right around that time, you'll look at them and think, "Wow. It turns out that they may have known what they were doing after all." I know. Miracles do happen

5. Tweeze Your Eyebrows. Like, seriously, girl. Come on now! That look worked for Brooke Shields and Brooke Shields alone.

Thanks Allison! xoxo, L&L

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