Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Just over a year since we launched SMITHTeens, and more than 70,000 six-word memoirs later from a very passionate community of writers aged 13-19, we’re thrilled to announce today’s official release of I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure. The book contains more than 600 of our favorite six-worders—”I am in a love pentagon,” “We’re the family you gossip about,” and “I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today” to name just three. If you take a spin around SMITHTeens for just 60 seconds, you’ll understand just how hard it was to choose.
We hope you’ll buy the book for a teenager in your life, or for yourself—it’s a wild, intense, funny, dark window into the teen world (and all for just $8.99). I Heart Daily (like a Daily Candy for teens), says “every page of this book has heartfelt, touching, chilling, witty memoirs”; Kirkus Reviews reports that, “PostSecret readers will love this book, which is one to pass around and (unfortunately for libraries) mark up.”
To celebrate the book and the incredible community that powered it, we’ve created a new Twitter feed, @smithteens, where you can get one carefully selected six-word memoir by a teen each day. Our new video to preview the book is our boldest one yet, with most of the videos and images contained within this video via the teens themselves, and lovingly produced and edited by Nicole Salzano.