Unlike most memoirs, this book has over 600 authors, and it doesn’t have to be read in any particular order. It all started with the publication of Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure. People around the world found the idea intriguing and started to try their hand at writing their own six-word memoirs. The people at SMITH Magazine asked teens for submissions on their website [http://www.smithteens.com], and the memoirs poured in. You can actually still submit an entry if you would like!
I like the fact that the ability to post anonymously compelled so many teens to take part and to be so brutally honest. More than that, I found it amazing how these six-word memoirs could actually say so much about a person’s life or state of mind. One girl confessed, Laughed at abuser’s funeral. Felt Guilty. Another wrote, Slowly becoming everything that I hate. Not all the memoirs are sad or depressing, though. One teen’s words are full of hope: Known as depressed. Happier every day. And another eeks of self confidence: I like myself more without makeup.
This book is good for so many different reasons. You can pick it up when you need a pick-me-up, wallow in your own pain as you empathize with others, or just read a few entries when you can’t quite concentrate but need something to do. I wonder if teens at my own library would be interested in contributing to something like this…