My Secret: A PostSecret Book

My Secret: A PostSecret Book

by Frank Warren


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New York Times Bestseller 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061196683
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/24/2006
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 261,112
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Frank Warren started PostSecret as a community art project where he invited total strangers to anonymously mail in their secrets on a homemade postcard. This simple act sparked a global phenomenon. Frank has received over 1 million secrets in his mailbox with more arriving every day but Sunday. has won seven Webby Awards and is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. The postcards have been curated for five New York Times bestselling books and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the American Visionary Art Museum. Frank has traveled the world sharing secrets and stories from Australia to the White house. There is a PostSecret album, a PostSecret TED Talk and a PostSecret Play on tour. In 2011 Frank was awarded the ‘HopeLine Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his work on suicide prevention and was invited to the White House to work on issues of mental wellness. Frank lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.

What People are Saying About This

"When it comes to disposable culture, there may be no medium more negligible than the postcard. Yet in PostSecret, Frank Warren gives the postcard unexpected lucency by reproducing hundreds of cards from an ongoing public art project --- Warren selects the most heartfelt and connective messages (some funny, some tragic, some utterly transcendent) and reproduces them in full color, as autonomous works of popular art."
---Los Angeles Times

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My Secret 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love postsecret. it is an amazing way to feel connected to others and to know that even if you feel alone in the world, you are truly not alone.
felix_tempest More than 1 year ago
My sister gave this book to me as a gift. She wrote a few messages in the book for me which was sweet. It made me laugh and cry. One of her messages were "I love you no matter what" under the post card of the guy saying he was afriad to come out because he didn't want his family to stop loving him.
SamuelB88 More than 1 year ago
The most appropriate word to describe Frank Warren's book is "touching." One might expect that Post-Secret would be a whiny mash of kids' doodles, complaining about how they don't get enough attention from their parents. Instead, the book is full of tender truths and hard, bitter thoughts. I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had recieved this book yesterday for my birthday from my best friend. I knew it would be great, yet when i started to read it, i couldnt put it down! I soon came to realize that im not alone. Everyone has secrets. Its the best book ive ever been given! Thanks Love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The PostSecret series of books make me feel not so much as an outsider. They make me feel normal in the sense that these people and their stories are real just as much as their feelings. It's impossible to describe how much one can relate to these and on such a deep level. They have actually changed my life, and have enabled me to look around to see that not everything is as perfect as people make it out to be... that I was right all along.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the second in Frank Warren¿s series of books derived from his PostSecret project. Anonymous strangers mail him postcards revealing a secret, using creative artwork to tell their secrets in addition to the text. This book is dedicated to secrets sent in by teens and young adults (although sometimes I¿m not sure how Warren was able to determine their ages). As it turns out, young adults¿ secrets aren¿t all that different from the general population (as seen in the first of the series, PostSecret). Slimmer than the first volume, this book is equally engaging.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anagarika-Sean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I want these books for my collection!
adamallen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good book in the PostSecret series. While there were still the occasional moments of reflection and pauses to absorb what you're reading, this book elicited less of that than the original book. I have no doubt it's because many of these secrets, I've read on other PostSecret pages.Nonetheless, I'm still a big fan of the project and the sharing of secrets in this form. It gives us all (myself included) a moment to ponder how human we all really are. We all have our secrets and Mr. Warren has created a pseudo self-help group for sharing them that you can view in your own privacy.
pyai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is yet another book in a long line Frank Warren publishes using postcards sent to his house which he initiated for an art project. And while many people find it uplifting and pertinent to their lives, I found it to be neither. I have never been molested, lost a friend or family member to death, and I do not have an eating disorder. Therefore relating to 3/4 of the postcards mentioned is practically impossible. Instead all they do is make me depressed.If I want to read horrible things about peoples lives, then there are so many other places I can find the information. Reading the "secrets" mailed in and published is akin to watching a bad drama - horrible depressing while going on forever. The good thing is the book is easy to put down and forget about. If you like a good cry or want to feel better about your life, totally buy this book. Otherwise, save yourself the agony.
slpenney07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Secrets captured on postcards.The Take-Away: Frank Warren started with 3,000 postcards, inviting strangers to send him their secrets as part of an art project. Today, over 100,000 postcards are displayed on his website. Every Sunday, a new set is posted.I've been reading PostSecret since October 2005. The three books I read this month made me think, laugh and feel a little less stressed. Just the idea of knowing that someone else has the same secret as you makes the burden easier to bear.I've never mailed in a secret. I've seen mine there.Recommendation: Make the website part of your regular weekly reading and check out the books too.
pacifickle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frank Warren of the PostSecret project has released another book of confessions. Warren encourages anyone to submit to him a postcard- on it, include a secret you haven't told anyone. After receiving thousands of beautifully-illustrated PostSecrets and becoming one of the most highly-trafficked websites around, Warren started publishing them as books on high-quality glossy paper, which really does them justice. Secrets range from hairy bellies to childhood molestation, and from the uplifting to the tragic. Reading it makes you acutely aware of what makes us human. A third installment of postcards will be released 1/1/07.
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the post secret books. Frank Warren is the collector of the worlds secrets. People write them on postcards and send them to him and he publishes them on his popular website and in a collection of books. MySecret are secrets from teens and college students. A great look into the secret life of the Millennials. Some controversial secrets so watch out!
name99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the PostSecret website, and the first book, but this one was rather pathetic. It's especially focussed on teenagers and, let's face it, there's a reason people make fun of teenage angst, which really is pretty stupid, pretty narcisstic, pretty ignorant, pretty vapid. As you'd expect there was some appealing art, but the general impression, rather than having me feel sympathy for all of humanity, had me losing whatever patience and tolerance I might previously have had for these kids.
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serendipitous17 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE PostSecret and I LOVE Frank Warren's work! I immediately bought this after reading and re-reading his previous book and I couldn't help but want to see more into the lives of all these wonderful people. The only downside I had with this book is that for the price, the book was small compared to the first PostSecret phenomena. But other than that, the detail and work everyone put in into making this second book was still great. Please, just put in MORE! If you're looking for more of a coffee table read, I recommend the first more than this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What thoughts I have whether sensitive or hateful to the core, these books prove that I amongst others feel similarly. I couldn't put them down until I finished each one. If you can't put yourself into other peoples shoes read these books. Open up your mind to what the people around you may be thinking or have been through. So enlightening.
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