600 memoirs. 6 words each. Wow.
A simple premise: After the success of their international best-seller Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, where the editors of Smith Magazine asked adults to submit their own six-word memoirs, they turned to teens 13-19 requesting submissions.
A stunning result: An impressive display of creativity, humor and honesty:
"I will be that cat lady." - Rolynda T.
"I am more than just gay." - Alex K.
"Hung myself. Sister found me. Alive." - Anna-Lise M.
"The exits were entrances in disguise." - Shannon B.
"Always the friend, never the girl." Kristy D.
"Stepped on. Stepped up. Stepped out." - Kelly Skallerud
I'm inspired to write my own six-word memoir, but feel so inadequate after reading such an impressive compilation. A wonderful concept, beautifully constructed and sure to be well received by many teens.
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure
Edited by Smith Magazine
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Recommended For: All teens and adults who work with teens.
Review copy checked out from public library.
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets is a nominee for the 2009 Cybils in the MG/YA Nonfiction category.