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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  14,705 ratings  ·  850 reviews
For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journa ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Perigee Trade
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Bluesybil I think 8 *may* be a bit young, depending on the child, then again 8 year olds seldom have the kind of hangups that keeps one from engaging in the kin…moreI think 8 *may* be a bit young, depending on the child, then again 8 year olds seldom have the kind of hangups that keeps one from engaging in the kind of "Creative Destruction" encouraged in the journal in the first place.

The journal seems to be geared primarily towards letting the creative inner child in perfectionist adults come out to play, but 12 is definitely old enough to have fun with and enjoy it :)(less)

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Anna-Cate Orton
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Whoah. So I got this on friday, and have slowly been completing the easier pages; poking hole in the paper, chucking it at my brothers head (he ducked just in time) and wearing it around tied to my head with a shoelace. But I'm struggling to move past this stage; I think's its because it still (from the outside at least) looks relatively clean. So today I AM TACKLING THAT PROBLEM.

I have decided to dive right into one of the scarier pages in hope that it will make the book look shabbier and I wi
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Wybie Lovat
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Before I had even heard of this book, I was in a deep depression, and over come with self-pity and self-malice. But I noticed it once. I flipped through it.
Then suddenly the World turned upside down. The sun turned into the Moon. I was walking on the cieling,while everyone else stared at me, upside down. I grinned so much it hurt.
And the next week I bought it with no hesiation. This first thing I did was scribble insanely. AND THAT SENT ME FREE!!!!!!!!!!
Wether you need an uplift or not, Wreck th
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Alexandra
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
[Update] I think we can safely say I failed this task too..
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Only bought the journal today, but I've had quite a bit of fun with it already. I've dripped syrup on it, stuffed kaffir lime leaves in it, coloured, painted, dripped, scribbled, stuck, stamped and torn. Here are a couple of the earliest entries.

Office Supplies - WTJ

Outside the lines - WTJ

Don't worry. It'll get messier....!
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Kim
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting idea. This book is where I developed my belief that one should not treat books one reads with reverence. Let me explain: I am engaged to a man that collects comic books. Now, as a general rule, comics are fairly fragile, being only a few sheets of paper held together with a couple staples. So when he reads them, he holds them delicately, and their spines are never broken. The books are never opened wide, and he lies them down open on his palms, instead of holding each side of the boo ...more
veryuu
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
*currently destroying*
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
Jan 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, but this is just my opinion. As a journal keeper for many years I find this book and other "Art/Inspiration by Command" books like it repulsive. I think they serve to give form, where form should be created by itself. They are evil and work to inhibit, rather than help the flow of creativity. But 290 other people seem to like it, so what do I know?
Charlotte
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Most eternal love to this piece of brilliance, light of my most boring seminars at university, spark of my imagination when I walk the streets, trigger of ideas, tank tearing down the barriers in my creativity...
Okay, I'll stop here.
Love it. Gotta love it. Got it from a friend, have seldomly been more delighted by a piece of creativity-triggering-book. Am working fanatically on it. :D
Leanna
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Technically, Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal isn’t exactly a book, but I wanted to write a review of it anyway.

This week, I gave the “journal” to my niece who turned 13 years old. I knew she would either react with rapture or complete apathy. Fortunately for my aspirations to be a cool aunt, she loved it.

Each page of the journal contains different instructions for destructing the book: poke holes through this page, burn that page, mail the entire journal to yourself. My niece immediately set out
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Liam
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book will literally provide me with hours, days, weeks, months, years of stuff to do! It's kept me busy for so long and it's just nice to do a little bit every now and then when I'm in the mood! Such a great idea and would recommend to all!
Wan Rathna
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wan by: Kenny Sim
THE BEST STRESS RELIEVER IN THE WORLD!

I always have my own way of "treating" my diary. I cut it in half if the year was a shitty one or i intentionally leave stained of coffee on the name of a person i hated.

By the end of my first year in university, a close senior of mine gave this book as a present and I was so fascinated by the format of the journal. Every flip of the pages makes me feel like they are mocking and challenging me. Maybe bcoz I always felt like a diary/journal should be "innocen
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Rebecca Hanson
Sep 01, 2007 rated it did not like it
Lame.
EmilyGrace
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: perfectionists,
Recommended to EmilyGrace by: friend
"WARNING: During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. You may grieve for the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. You may begin to live more recklessly.
Dedicated to perfectionists all over the world."


Absolutely hilarious. This was given to me as a birthday present from a good friend who
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Thebruce1314
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love the concept of giving instructions to be followed/interpreted on each page. The point of the journal is to break the habit of all perfectionists who shudder to think of a page being bent in one of their books. I am one of those, without a doubt: crack a spine and I'll crack your arm. Though it was difficult at first, it was liberating to be able to "wreck" the journal, creating a unique work of art in the process. It's hard to ever be finished with this book, as it is always evolving; it' ...more
Cass
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars because it is a really good idea for a "book" but I can't find it in myself to actually wreck the book so it just sits on the shelf looking pretty.
sofia (sam willows)
It was fun to throw the book in the water and walk with it around like a dog, I'll tell you that
Georgie
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I remember buying this and I couldn’t wait for it to arrive so I could get started on it. I had so many ideas on what I was going to do with each page! And I can say that, after having the book for 4 years, I have completed a grand total of ONE page!!

I like the whole idea of the book, and for artsy and creative people, this is great! Each page has a different instruction that can be interpreted differently by everyone. And maybe one day I will actually get around to completing mine!!
Shelly
Not exactly a book to be read as much as it is a book to experience. One of the first instructions is to crack the spine... I whimpered. But now that I'm past that, I'm finding it a whole lot of fun -- although I'm not too sure about taking it for a walk....
jessica ☾
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun, I absolutely need to find more interactive adventure books to do!
Rosa
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Creative Journals.
Got this from Urban Outfitters. This looks like a good book to use as a random scrapbook and observation journal. I have so far gotten this book wet along with scribbling inside it, and tearing out the pages and following a few of it's instructions. After you jot down some random notes inside this book, it often reminds me of a book that was distressed by someone else, instead of being owned by me. You get the feeling after using this book that you are looking into a book that was left behind by ...more
RF
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have just got my "Wreck This Journal" by Keri Smith this morning. To create is to destroy - It's pretty a fascinating journal, as I would put it. The fact that each of the pages would ask you to pour coffee on it, poke holes in the pages with pencil, draw lines, scratch the journal with sharp object, scribble wildly and violently, rip it up, hide a secret message somewhere in the book and so on... really makes me excited.

My little sister thinks I'm insane for buying a journal that I would des
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Sophia Tallon
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
WOOOOOOW!!!! I got this as a present yesterday for Christmas from my aunt and -seriously?- It is AWESOME!!!! This is the BEST journal EVER!!! Who knew throwing a journal at the wall could be SO fun :D I am still working on doing all that it comands...I don't know if I'll tie a string to it and take it for a walk...That picture of it is NOT accurate btw. Mine is WRECKED literally the cover looks waaaaaay more awesome now :D
Grace
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's not exactly a reading book, but an activity book. A fun, creative, see-just-how-beat-up-you-can-get-it activity book. I had hours of fun with it and to prove it I can show you all two pieces! (I don't remember exactly what task split it at the spine, but it probably happened after throwing it at the wall then dragging it around from a string outside) I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind getting in the dirt and having fun :)
Ilse
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ilse by: Marieke
Shelves: books-i-own
Camila
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i loved this process!
as a perfectionist and lover of symmetry this was daring, because it required chaos and a bunch of mess.
I loved it because it was a challenge for me, creatively and technique wise
i had soo much fun.

if you want to see my process go take a scroll on my instagram @cami_quinta

https://www.instagram.com/p/-EjaGwKO4...

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Stephanie
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I still haven't wrecked my copy. I don't know why. In some ironic way, maybe I fear wrecking the wrecking. Oh, Fear! On the other hand, I've given a copy to three friends as gifts!
˗ ˏ ˋMickaˎ ˊ ˗
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Emilija
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This shit is great. Really. I put the most random shit in it and it's. just. so. therapeutic.
Amanda
Nov 12, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I have done the ultimate destructive thing to this journal (aside from burning it) - I threw it in the dumpster. I hadn’t made progress on it in months and didn’t have the motivation to pick it up again. Many thanks to my mother who collected fruit stickers and stamps for the pages, and my apologies to the office supplies I could have salvaged from that one assignment but which ended up in the dumpster too.
Caitlin
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I haven't been able to finish this book due to the fact of me destroying it brings me pain! Definitely unique though
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