18th Birthday Extravaganza: Guest Post by Michelle Hodkin

It's day two of Lauren and Katie's 18th Birthday Extravaganza! We were so excited to here the Michelle Hodkin was able to do a guest post for us! Who's excited for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer?! -raises hand high!- I am!

Dear 18-Year-Old Michelle,

Hi! It's Future You. The You of 10 years later.

Don't give me that look. Yeah, that one. You're such a skeptic. Believe it or not, I actually know some things that you don't. Like the fact that the very strange girl you just met with a penchant for collecting shiny objects from NYC gutters is going to become one of your closest friends. And that in less than a year, you're going to be keeping mealworms in your refrigerator. I won't tell you why—don't want to ruin the surprise.

But do I have your attention now? Great. Take a deep breath. Then another one. Are you ready? Here we go.

It's all going to work out. That paper you haven't started? You'll finish it, just like you finished all the others. You'll do just fine on your finals, like you always do. You aren't going to fail—at school, or life, or anything. In fact, you're going to do pretty damn well.
I know what you're thinking—that I'm only able to say that now because of how hard you're working now. And that's a little bit true. Don't drop out of college and do ten tons of peyote, for example, or I'll be really pissed. In addition to messing with your brain, it will also make it a lot harder to pass the character and fitness portion of the bar exam.

But peyote aside? Have more fun. For the love of G-d, relax. Enjoy living in New York, because once you leave, you aren't going to be back for a long time. And travel more. Even though you'll have to stay in hostels. Even though you only know one foreign language. Even though you'll get sweaty and uncomfortable and your flat iron won't work in foreign outlets. None of that matters, I promise.

You're on track to finish college at twenty and law school at twenty three, sure. But it isn't a race. You are passionate—and you always will be. You are smart, and you always will be. So study a little less, and explore a little more. You might not get straight A's next semester. But you'll enjoy the ride.

Michelle of The Future

PS: Don't buy more than one package of mealworms at a time- if they sit too long, they'll become giant beetles. Good luck.


Thank you so much Michelle!

Don't forget to stop by Lauren's blog to enter for a chance to win a copy of Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann!


  1. Dang, now I'm really curious about those mealworms! Haha!
    Lovely post, Michelle! The bit about the skeptical look was priceless!

  2. What a great letter! I am very curious about the mealworms now, haha. I am really looking forward to reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer too! Great post :)

  3. This was really refreshing and funny! :D

  4. I'm seriously going to write myself a letter on my birthday! :) Can't wait for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!


  5. Oh my word, I'm imagining a young Michelle with a refrigerator full of beetles! Ahh!

    But what a fun letter. I would've loved to know you when you were 18.