Friday, July 17, 2009

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs

Title: I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs Authors: Teens Famous and Obscure Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 182 Publication Date: September 1st, 2009

Synopsis from back of book: A life story. In six words. What would yours be?

True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filled Not What I Was Planning, the international phenomenon and the New York Times bestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoirs series. Some of the very best were by teens, so the editors decided to create a book written entirely told by those bold, brash, truth-tellers. 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.

Review: I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets was good. I would actually say it was really good. I had never heard of it before I got it. In the package of books this one caught my attention and I immediately began reading. It took me less than an hour to read. Some of the memoirs made me laugh and others made me want to cry. Most of the memoirs though, were just very depressing and it is sooo sad to see that a lot of teens go through things like getting engaged at a very young age, or someone they love does drugs. And, that stuck out to me.

I would say that my memoir would be: Daughter, sister, friend, reader and writer. I know, not the best memoir ever, but the first thing that popped into my head.

Here are a few of my favorite memoirs:

“Aspiration: Colonize Mars. You’re not invited. “

“Told you I’d be published someday!”

“Finally learned “weird” is a compliment.”

“I never got my Hogwarts letter.”

Truthfully, I don’t know how to recommend this, but you do need to read it!!

(Well If you are a teen or if you are interested in stuff like that!)


  1. hahah I love the "I never got my hogwarts letter." so so true. I feel the exact same way. :)

    I really want this one. I never read the whole book (for the first release...they have one on love too i think) but I've seen various memoirs and I love the idea.


  2. I loved this! So many of them made me want to cry. I loved the one "Seventeen. Pregnant. He's off to Iraq." Will definitely be rereading soon!