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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  921 ratings  ·  183 reviews
From the popular Tumblr account of the same name comes a collection of heart-warming, tear-jerking, and gut-wrenching anonymous letters that people never intended to, or didn’t have the courage to send.
What first started as a Tumblr account with over 30,000 followers, is now a carefully curated collection of 150 anonymous letters covering a range of topics from heartbre
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is realy good and some topics and letters really hit me in the right feelings
Odette Knappers
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has all the possible feels in it It is so touching, so beautiful, so honest. I've even cried sometimes because those letters tell a story. And I've cried because it was sad, or because it was so beautiful. This is a book full of emotions and life lessons, and I recommend it to every human being.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was not as great as I'd hoped. Post Secret has spoiled me, I think. These were mostly adolescents' secrets, and a whole book of them got to be a bit monotonous to this old hag's eye. Still, it had its poignant moments and I'm glad I read it.
Nicole Hornyak
READ IT. THIS WAS SO GOOD. It's awesome that it's a tumblr blog too!
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has the most hilarious, heartbreaking, cute and unique letters that I have ever read <3
Kiley Brennan
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing fast read book! I admire people for writing their thoughts, resentments and gratitude on paper. Just venting releases a lot of tension! This book has the most hilarious, heartbreaking, cute and unique letters that I have ever read This book has all the possible feels in it. It is so touching, so beautiful, so honest. I've even cried sometimes because those letters tell a story. And I've cried because it was sad, or because it was so beautiful. This is a book full of emotions and ...more
Ana Calabresi
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
My first time reading a compilation from an online project. Interesting concept - the Tumblr itself and the book. I used to write letters as a teenager, so I totally related to the content of this book.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Some sweet and some moving letters, but overall, it felt a little like reading the uncomfortably angsty poetry I wrote when I was 15. Post Secret for the teenage set. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it made me happy to be no longer a high schooler.
Part self-help. Part “what not to do.” Part heart-breaking. But, more than anything, this book revealed to me that there’s so much that we’re afraid to say to each other. Perhaps, though, this book might give someone the courage to just say something. This book, as opposed to Trunko’s other one, is divided into sections - loss, unrequited love, heartbreak, etc. Felt like her other book was more powerful than this one. I really like how engaging both are with their illustrations/prints from Lisa ...more
Thoughtful and heartfelt. The same old situations (first love, heartbreak, friendship, suffering, gratitude, learning through experience) made new.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Felt a bit like a more long-winded, less edited and unique version of Postsecret.
Michelle Stahlman
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fantastic. Like a little portal into someone else's world that could not feel more relatable.
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing fast read book! I admire people for writing their thoughts, resentments and gratitude on paper. Just venting releases a lot of tension!
Audrey Kirk
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Dear my Blank,” by Emily Trunko was an amazing book filled with many intense emotions. This book successfully delivers relatable feelings that help teens not feel so alone. It is easy to connect to the book and it makes you realize that you are not the only one facing certain problems. This can help teens deal with their issues by connecting them to other teens in similar situations and seeing how they got through them. I personally connected to this book by reading about emotions that I, mysel ...more
Teen readers will adore this collection of heartfelt letters that were never sent to their intended recipients but instead were posted to a Tumblr account started by teen Emily Trunko. The letters remind me of the ones that we might write to a future self to provide encouragement of the types of missives we've all wanted to write and just never had the nerve to give to someone else. There are letters that celebrate love, express heartbreak and regret, mourn losses, offer gratitude, and even quit ...more
Madison Didyk
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At first glance of the cover of, “Dear My Blank Secret Letters Never Sent,” I knew that it was something extraordinary, because of all the fun colors. This book tells a new story every page, and it kept me interested and glued to the words. The book is different from anything I have ever read because it is composed of Tumbler posts from different people who write secret letters to people that they cannot talk to in person. Emily Trunko, a sixteen-year-old girl from Copley Ohio, created the popul ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nov 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Trunko, Emily (editor) Dear My Blank : Secret Letters Never Sent, illustrated by Lisa Congdon. 224 pgs Penguin Random House, 2016. $14.99. Language: PG13 (13 swears, 0 Fs) Mature Content: PG13 (references to “sleeping together” etc).; Violence: G.

An extension of the internet blog, this book is a collection of 150 anonymous letters on varying subjects like love, heartbreak, family, and loss. It is designed to give teen readers a connection to others who are experiencing similar emotions. Each le
Jacqi Robirts
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ-416
This book is a compilation of letters that people have written anonymously and posted to this Tumblr page, and they broach a variety of topics. Some are letters to people or to things, but they all are based on something that person is feeling or has felt in their lives. They are anonymous for a variety of reasons some people have written them to other people but are afraid to share because it may be too early to share this, or it may be an awkward situation while others are anonymous because th ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much. It was so real, and there is at least one letter in there that everyone can relate to. I know I found a couple. Some of them made me cry, and others made me go "Yeah! You tell 'em!" This is such a good idea, I've never written anything like that down, because I don't want anyone picking it up and reading it, because some of those things are private, or you know, you just need to vent, it's not meant for anyone to see. But being able to write a letter and submit it anon ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019

Although this book was small, she sure was mighty.

I enjoyed how personal this book was. It was as if I was talking to friends and letting them vent. I related to one of the letter pretty early on and haven't been able to stop crying since. I'm so glad this is a book because sometimes this is just what someone needs. They need that reassurance that there is someone else in the world going through the same thing that they are going through. This book makes it easier to communicate feelings
I mean, for what it was, it was good enough. Nothing too exciting or imaginative in the art, and while the letters are often lovely, they are also often repetitive--I can't imagine these are the most interesting letters the blog has ever received. Tries a little too hard to be the new PostSecret, at least in my view, but there's nothing really wrong with it.

Three stars for the message of the book and for Miss Trunko's work on Dear My Blank tumblr, but the book's probably not worth paying for if
Elizabeth Seals
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is sectioned out into small categories such as family, loss, heartbreak, that contain letters that were anonymously sent to the Tumblr page. Let me just say I love the idea of there being a spot where people can put their unsent letters or feelings anonymously. I really enjoyed the assortment of all of the letters that were included in here. It did remind me of PostSecret, but I think these letters made me smile a bit more than PostSecret. This book is very touching and I encourage peo ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a HUGE fan of letter writing as well as Lisa Congdon's artwork, I had high hopes for this book. Must say I was disappointed - It somehow fell flat. Most of the letters are "banal" when I felt like they could've cut closer to the bone. It's like having someone that you really secretly like write "have a great summer!" in your high school yearbook. That said, some of the letters are quite sweet. But all in all, quite Hallmark-y. (yep, that's me the grouch/curmudgeon.....Guess I was hoping fo ...more
There were a few letters in this that really touched me. I think I would’ve appreciated it more if there had been more letters from adults, because some of the letters written by who I assume are younger writers become a little melodramatic and repetitive. I think the idea behind this is actually quite good. People need outlets for their thoughts and feelings, and this tumblr sounds like it’s providing that.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book of letters. I laughed, smiled, and cried. My heart soared and broke with the emotions of these letters. I'm glad I read this because it really did show me that we, as humans really do go through the same things. I just might get a notebook and write letters that I'll never send to people. It will probably be really therapeutic like it was for the participants from this book.
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I picked this book up because it was supposed to be easy to get through but it was kind of hard. It was quick, sure,but every once in a while there was a message that hit really hard. The loss section was really rough to get through, because even if you don't lose someone like that, the thought that you could really gets you.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a neat little book! Very reminiscent of Post Secret and other anonymous online confessionals back in the day when these were really popular (early 2000s/Xanga era). I also really liked how this book was split into sections to match the theme of the letters, such as Grief, Heartbreak, and Family.
Leahest Leah
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love books like this. I think if you like reading anonymous confession's you'll like this book. It's not as heavy a read, and it's really interesting. Plus the format that the book is made in is awesome. I love the illustrations and everything.
Tiegan Ziegler
A truly human collection of letters that have never been sent. I dare you to read and not have a single letter bring up a personal experience and make you feel like you should write your own letter just to let some of it go.
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“Dear World,

I'm not quiet because I'm shy. I'm quiet because everywaking minute there are thousands of thoughts swirling around in my head. And I'm constantly sorting through them, remembering the good ones and fighting the bad ones. I'm an overthinker. It's who I am. Please just be patient with me. I swear I want to talk to you. I just need some extra time to get my thoughts in order.

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