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My Secret: A PostSecret Book [Hardcover]

Frank Warren
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Oct. 12 2006 Postsecret

Postsecret.com founder Frank Warren is back with a fresh and compelling companion to his wildly popular Los Angeles Times bestseller, PostSecret. For My Secret, a collectible, paper-over-board book that includes a page of vibrant, decorative stickers, Warren has personally selected never-before-seen anonymous postcards created by teens and college students from across the country. Each card bears an intimate and powerful secret—at turns inspirational, shocking, hilarious, and poetic—that is told through original illustrations, photographs, collages, and other creative means. Sample messages include:

  • "I am avoiding you because you are socially below me."
  • "I know the truth to the lie my parents tell... "
  • "My friends think I was homeschooled. I spent high school in juvi."

A unique and important book that will appeal to both young adults and their parents, My Secret offers a raw and revealing glimpse into the real lives of today's teens and twentysomethings. Choosing their own handmade postcards over email or text messages, teens and college students express their hopes, fears, and wildest confessions in a way that truly represents their diverse personalities and voices.

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About the Author

Frank Warren is a small business owner who started PostSecret.com as a community art project. Since November 2004 Warren has received more than 150,000 anonymous postcards. The website won two Webby Awards in 2006 and this year was named Weblog of the Year at the Seventh Annual Weblog Awards. The PostSecret project also received a special award from the National Mental Health Association for raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention. Warren lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Nov. 27 2006
I love any book with an unusual premise. You know the type: "Curious Incident" is one by Haddon, with its character being an autistic teenager--the book is told through his eyes; or Jackson McCrae's "Katzenjammer" which is wild beyond belief! So I naturally gravitated to MY SECRET. This is a collection of postcards that are REALLY from the edge! Each card is unique, and each one has a story to tell. From downright shocking to hilarious, this book lets you in on other's lives, the way no other book can. Over the top and off the edge, this is one book you'll want to share with your friends. Would also recommend the books: "Middlesex" by Eugenides and "Katzenjammer" by Jackson McCrae.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Jan. 3 2010
I bought this book first so my only expectations arose from the website. Personally, I was disappointed. This book did not contain the same unique, intriguing, lustful nature that I see from most online postcards. The book had many depressing secrets, and I was hoping for more uplifting ones as I flipped through the book. Moreover, many of the secrets were almost predictable and cliche. There were only 3-4 unique ones that actually made me laugh out loud or gasp. Whereas the website, nearly all of them actually surprise me.

I was disappointed. Definitely not worth $25. Maybe $10
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I liked Frank Warren's first book very much and I was hoping that this one will be at least as good as the first one. I am very pleased with his choice of really never before seen postcards that will make you laugh, sigh, and maybe even cry. There is so much power in the simple, yet so difficult act of sharing a personal secret with other people. Probably this is one of the reasons for the huge success of this project. My latest secret is the bestseller scientifically guaranteed male multiple orgasms and ultimate sex. I am sure that everyone who has enjoyed the first book will enjoy this one as well. I hope that Frank will continue maintaining his blog and the planned books will be also interesting and thrilling as his first two. Maybe we all should learn from these books that it is not that bad to share secrets with others. In conclusion, if you want to take a look at something refreshing and unique than you will want to take a copy of this book. It is well worth the small investment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My Secret Should Have Been Kept Just a Little Bit Longer...Could Have been Better Dec 1 2006
By Amy Aldrich - Published on Amazon.com
This is the second in an ongoing series of books that are compiled from cards sent to Warren as part of an art project started several years ago. My Secret is filled with postcards of (sometimes) artfully designed or enhanced confessions/secrets that people have sent Warren over the years. Some are silly, some are heartfelt, and others are just heart wrenching...unfortunately, there were a lot in there that didn't move me at all. This second book is significantly shorter than the first book and I didn't actually feel it made as big an impact as the first one. It felt, I guess, rushed...that's the best way I can describe it. I felt like the author was under contract to produce a second book and didn't have the amount or quality of cards he had to choose from in the first book. I still adore the concept and am glad to have read through this one, but I'm doubly glad I got it from the library and didn't shell out the money for it, because I would have been a great deal more disappointed if I'd paid my hard earned money for a less than stellar book. I think it is best purchased as a set, not a stand alone (i.e. With the first one), they'd make great coffee table books and/or discussion group choices. It's a quick read and quite easy enough to read several times in a relatively short period...I finished this in less than an hour and re-read it several days later, just to be sure I got the full impact. Overall, I'd give it a B- simply because the cost of the book doesn't feel equal to the length and content, especially given the size and content of the first book, Postsecret...this means three stars though, when I'd normally only give it two. This book is innovative and interesting enough to warrant the extra star though the quality of the second book clearly does not equal that of the first.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing Nov. 18 2006
By Jessica S. - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a huge fan of PostSecret and now own both of the PostSecret books. I thought the first book was AMAZING. I loved every page of it. I was incredibly excited to own My Secret as well. I bought it today and was a little disappointed in the length; a significant 144 pages shorter than the first. I was also a little disappointed with parts of the layout. It seemed to me there were too many enlarged postcards fitting 2 pages as well as quotes considering the length of the book. There could have been a better use for those pages such as more meaningful postcards or additional quotes.

Regardless of my disappointment, I still recommend this book (as well as the website and first book). The postcards and quotes were well chosen. Overall, it was a good investment. Good job, Frank!
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Oct. 24 2006
By Dai-keag-ity - Published on Amazon.com
I spent a month waiting to get this book, wondering if by some chance a hand-made card I sent late last spring in was in here. Well, it's not, but that's probably a good thing. Although I should maybe look it over again before I say this, my first reading makes me think this book is even better than the first Post Secret collection that came out months back. The idea that in reading this book and visiting the Post Secret website one is reading confessions from what amounts to the inner world of anonymous people is to me a uniquely interesting thing. Some of the secrets a reader is let in on are profound, some are disgusting and a few are desperately pathetic. The secrets, sent in on postcards that at times reach levels of genuine beauty, cover all subjects, from covert family rivalries, to hidden misdeeds, sexual longings and weighty personal failures, to fears, desires, regrets, and many more sorts of matters. Overall the revealed secrets combine to create a truly valid art form. I enjoy Post Secret, and hope this project continues online and in printed form for years to come. Frank Warren's My Secret is a book well worth its cover price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short and not so sweet. Nov. 6 2006
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
This book was did not even come close to being as good as the first one. If you have read the first one, you will be disappointed. This one is considerably shorter. The first book, I spent a good couple of hours pouring over the secrets of strangers. In this book, I spent perhaps on an hour at most before I finished the book entirely. The secrets seem somewhat the same and there is not much diversity overall. There are layout problems like the first one, but they aren't as many...

If you are thinking about buying this book now, wait. You might enjoy it more if you did not spend you money and borrowed it or read it at the bookstore.

I recommend the first book, PostSecret. It is far better, lasts longer, and leaves you wanting more whereas the MySecret leaves you with a slightly weird aftertaste.

I still love Frank Warren, though.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had high expectations for this one Nov. 19 2006
By L. Le - Published on Amazon.com
I was excited to finally get this book in the mail, but I felt unmoved after I looked through it. I sat and read through it all in one sitting like I did with the first book, but it felt as though everything was rushed. The book was lacking in variety and seemed almost repetetive. Some of the secrets really touched me (don't get me wrong), but the overall impact of the book was lukewarm at best. If you haven't yet, I would suggest reading the first book over this one.
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