Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Following two earlier 'six-word memoir' titles, this addition collects supersuccinct memoirs written by teenagers (who are identified by their first names and last initials). Like graffiti scrawls on a bathroom wall, some are funny ('Contemplated joining circus. Foolishly chose college'), others are poignant ('He said bye with YouTube links,'), while many are bluntly honest ('I regret sleeping with my teacher'). Select b&w illustrations are also included. The range of powerful emotions, expressed in just a few words, make this an ideal pick for teens seeking evocative, easily relatable stories. Ages 12 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filled "Not Quite What I Was Planning," the bestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoir series. Some of the best were written by teens, so the editors decided to create a collection of memoirs written entirely by those bold, brash truth-tellers.
About the Author
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. Larry lives in New York City
Rachel Fershleiser is SMITH's memoir editor and has written for the Village Voice, the New York Press, Print, and the National Post. Rachel lives in New York City.