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

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One life. Six words. What's yours?

True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filled Not Quite What I Was Planning, the New York Times bestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoir series—and an international phenomenon. Some of the most compelling were by teens, so now SMITH Magazine has compiled a book written entirely by these 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.

Met online; love before first sight.

Hair's pink to piss you off.

I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today.

I'm seventeen, engaged, and not pregnant.

My mom had my boyfriend deported.

Late for school every single day.

According to Facebook, we broke up.


About Larry Smith

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SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith has worked as an editor at Men's Journal, ESPN: The Magazine, and Might. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, on Salon.com, and many other places. Rachel Fershleiser is SMITH's memoir editor and has written for the Village Voice, the New York Press, Print, and the National Post. Larry and Rachel edited the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning, Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, and I Can't Keep My Own Secrets. They both live in New York City.
Published August 18, 2009 by HarperCollins. 196 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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SMITH, an “online magazine obsessed with personal storytelling,” invited almost 800 teens, famous and not, to take a page from Hemingway and submit their own six-word memoirs.

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His response was: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Larry Smith, founder of the online storytelling community, SMITH magazine, was inspired by Hemingway's six-word story to invite members of the SMITH community to write six-word memoirs.

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