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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The World of Post Secret

When Frank Warren solicited an idea to have people send in post cards with secrets on them, he thought he would only receive around 365, and was more than surprised when he received more than 1 million of them in 2004. He asked people to anonymously send their secrets on the back of a postcard and was more than surprised by the results he received. He has shared them in a hardcover book simply called The World of Post Secret. This is the sixth  post secret book and it might be the last. It even has a website called and has raised more than a million dollars to aid in suicide prevention.

Some of the responses are truly candid, some explicit in their content while others speak of wishes hoped for but never fulfilled. The post cards that are captured in the book are exactly like he had received them, and in the book Frank Warren attempts to respond to some of his readers questions about the project including the PostSecret app. He includes his most controversial secrets he has received as well as his own secrets, including his harrowing call he took as a volunteer on the suicide prevention hotline. He has included the introduction of the new app called PostSecret Universe that is a companion to this book. It is loaded with additional postcards, secrets from the original PostSecret app, private pictures, recordings and a few surprises.

He still gets excited whenever he takes a walk out to his mailbox because he truly never knows what he will get or what secrets lie waiting to be discovered and revealed. He is even looking for someone to take over the task, perhaps like he recalls, "like Willy Wonka, he could hand over the keys and allow PostSecret a second life." Who knows if one of the postcards featured in this book may be from someone who is waiting to share a long lost kept secret with you.

I received The World of Post Secret by Frank Warren compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. Aside from receiving a complimentary copy of this book I have not received any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own unless otherwise notated. This is not the book for everyone and contains some explicit messages on some of the postcards that should be viewed by mature readers only. I love the sage wisdom found on some of the post cards like, "I thought life would make more sense when I got older," from a military service person, "I should have died instead of you, I'm sorry," from a firefighter, "I'm one of 'the bravest', my secret? I'm just as afraid of dying as the people I save." There are even screen shots people shared through the Post Secret app that are included. It is bittersweet to see how some people have kept so many things hidden in their life. Makes me wonder how different life would be if people knew and perhaps that is the point of this book. For me, I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars simply based on some of the sexual content that is included that would not be suitable for all readers.

For more information about The World of Post Secrets, Frank Warren or where you can pick up a copy of this book today, please click on the links below:

You can find Post Secret on Facebook to learn more about the secrets behind this project.

To read more reviews on The World of Post Secret, please visit William Morrow's website. 

1 comment:

  1. I don't know why but I ordered a signed copy of this book a few months ago and have it here at home. Haven't had a chance to look at it fully yet!


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