I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure


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I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith

From the editors of the international phenomenon and New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning comes a collection of six-word memoirs created by and for teens.

From cancer to creativity, prom dates to promiscuity, and breaking hearts to breaking laws, the memoirs in this collection reveal that often the youngest writers have the most fascinating stories to tell.

One life. Six words. What's yours?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061726842
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 387,405
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

LARRY SMITH is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo and a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teacher Award. During his longstanding tenure, Smith has taught and counselled more than 23,000 students on the subject of their careers, representing more than 10 percent of UW’s alumni. Smith has worked with more than 500 teams of student entrepreneurs, advising them as they have created companies of significant size and success across industries as broad-reaching as communications, software, robotics, entertainment, design and real estate. Smith is also president of Essential Economics Corporation, an economic consulting practice that serves a wide range of public and private clients. “Why You Will Fail to have a Great Career,” his TEDx Talk based on his experience counselling students, has been viewed by over six million people.

Rachel Fershleiser is SMITH's memoir editor and has written for the Village Voice, the New York Press, Print, and the National Post. Rachel lives in New York City.

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I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
With the popularity of such sites like Fmylife and Post Secret, you just had to know that something like I Can't Keep My Own Secrets was going to come out eventually. Though, unlike those websites, I Can't Keep My Own Secrets is told in six word memoirs making an interesting difference in the post card format for Post Secret and the mini paragraph for Fmylife. One of my favorite aspects of this novel would be how it was a short and could easily be read in one sitting. Which, therefor, makes this a perfect start for those reluctant teen readers out there who will be awed by the interesting tales these teens tell. Plus, most of the memoirs are stories that teens can relate to in one way or another. Overall, I Can't Keep My Secrets is a great fast read, that I definitely suggest to teens everywhere. Since, it's a great way to pass time and an interesting book! Grade: B
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just spent 9 bucks. And this is 34 fricken pages. Fml.
Ashley Young More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring book. Wish it went on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My life in six words. Before- Smart. Outcast. Now- Failing. Popular.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING: SIX-WORD MEMOIRS BY WRITERS FAMOUS & OBSCURE came out, many teens wrote in to Smith Magazine with their own six-word memoirs. And the editors put them together to create a book that is filled with teenage thoughts and insights. This was an incredibly easy book to fly through. And totally engaging. There were so many great things that the teens said. And a lot of them were shocking. There were memoirs about falling in love, being heartbroken, being gay, having parents who were neglectful, having diseases, missing family members who passed away, and so much more! I think my favorite one was actually the very last one in the Advanced Readers Copy that I have: "My life story: to be continued.~by Cassie H." And it made me think. Just what would I say if I had to write about my life in six words? How about: Huge Florida Gator fan and bookworm.
Kat2 More than 1 year ago
As a middle school reading teacher, I am always looking for a book that catches my students' eyes. Well, not only could I not put it down, my 13-year-old daughter actually stopped texting to read this entire book in a couple of hours! She started flipping through it, and then said, "Wait, let met just start from the beginning." Each "poem" or memoir is just six lines - but what a powerful punch each one can pack. We went from laughing to almost crying with the words written by these teens. As an added bonus, Taylor Swift and other famous teens have contributed their own six-word memoirs. This is a book that will make you say "wow," and is a great conversation starter for your class, as well as a good topic for poetry writing. I was truly touched by some of the entries. Parents be warned, there are some touchy topics in here, such as rape, suicide, death. Heavy stuff. However, what an incredible chance for us adults to see what is going on in the minds and hearts of teenagers today.
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stephanieparler More than 1 year ago
Maybe I have a biased opinion since I am featured in book, but I feel that I Can't Keep My Own Secrets is a wonderful read for the new age where teens like everything in short bursts and nothing that is long and drawn out. SmithTeens Six Word Memoirs have been around since 2005, roughly the beginning of the era where sharing your secrets and most humiliating stories on the computer was acceptable. This book features hundreds of quick glimpses into the life of average teenagers from all over the world. It is no doubt that everybody can relate to at least one of them. In this age, I would not be surprised if Six Word Memoirs helped to make writing and reading popular once again--even if it is only for one short sentence at a time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago