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The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series gives more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers. More and more, life is a struggle for teens. Not just dealing with the tragedies that seem to plague them so often, but also handling the daily pressures that pervade their lives. This book, like the first two volumes in the series, The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series gives more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers. More and more, life is a struggle for teens. Not just dealing with the tragedies that seem to plague them so often, but also handling the daily pressures that pervade their lives. This book, like the first two volumes in the series, will help them, and will serve as their guide and constant companion. Chapters focus on love, friendship, family, tough stuff, growing up, kindness, learning lessons and making a difference. In keeping with the themes and content of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series, teens will also find support, encouragement and understanding from their peers, as well as from caring and compassionate adults. This is a book you will read and reread, sharing your favorite stories with one another over and over again. About the Authors: Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling co-authors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Kimberly Kirberger is president of Inspiration and Motivation for Teens, Inc. (I.A.M. for Teens) and speaks at high schools and to youth organizations. Jack, Mark and Kimberly have formed The Teen Letter Project, a foundation dedicated to encouraging troubled teens to reach out for help and guidance.


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The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series gives more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers. More and more, life is a struggle for teens. Not just dealing with the tragedies that seem to plague them so often, but also handling the daily pressures that pervade their lives. This book, like the first two volumes in the series, The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series gives more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers. More and more, life is a struggle for teens. Not just dealing with the tragedies that seem to plague them so often, but also handling the daily pressures that pervade their lives. This book, like the first two volumes in the series, will help them, and will serve as their guide and constant companion. Chapters focus on love, friendship, family, tough stuff, growing up, kindness, learning lessons and making a difference. In keeping with the themes and content of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series, teens will also find support, encouragement and understanding from their peers, as well as from caring and compassionate adults. This is a book you will read and reread, sharing your favorite stories with one another over and over again. About the Authors: Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling co-authors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Kimberly Kirberger is president of Inspiration and Motivation for Teens, Inc. (I.A.M. for Teens) and speaks at high schools and to youth organizations. Jack, Mark and Kimberly have formed The Teen Letter Project, a foundation dedicated to encouraging troubled teens to reach out for help and guidance.

30 review for Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III: More Stories of Life, Love and Learning (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Perkins

    So many reviews said that this book was generic and cheesy, and it totally is, but there were just some stories that made the read so worthwhile! Some stories honestly didn’t make much sense to me or I didn’t get the meaning behind them like Automobile Ambivalence, but even those were so fun to read. Also, I’m not really a fan of poetry, but the poetry in this book is really easy to understand and I liked it. Minimaxims For My Godson was probably my favorite.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valentina :)

    This book is good to make teachers think you're reading during SSR, while you're actually staring into space. This book contains various stories on different topics written by different people in different times. :/ Some stories are really depressing, some are kind of funny because they're so random and unusual. I fell asleep while reading it. :) This book is good to make teachers think you're reading during SSR, while you're actually staring into space. This book contains various stories on different topics written by different people in different times. :/ Some stories are really depressing, some are kind of funny because they're so random and unusual. I fell asleep while reading it. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    This little book was so inspiring! I loved all the little stories and how each bring a different message. The story about self-hatred really stuck out to me. Unconditional love really is the most important gift. I saw this theme throughout the entire book. Such a short, powerful book. Defiantly recommend :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This was so generic, it hurt! this is like all the other chicken soup for the teenage soul books. the only difference is the "theme" of teenagers (which doesn't really affect the stories all that much). theres the usual, heart break, unrequieted love, lost loved ones, and all your other good ol' "I AM HURT PLZ BE LOVING ME" sort of thing. This was so generic, it hurt! this is like all the other chicken soup for the teenage soul books. the only difference is the "theme" of teenagers (which doesn't really affect the stories all that much). theres the usual, heart break, unrequieted love, lost loved ones, and all your other good ol' "I AM HURT PLZ BE LOVING ME" sort of thing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julianna Martinez

    Book Report Guidelines – Good Reads Name of book: Chicken Soup for the Soul- Teens Talk Author: Jack Canfield Pages: Short story- The Makeover Genre: Fiction Reading Level of book: Exposition (4-6 sentences) Lena's parents are getting a divorce. Lena's friends have told her they are leaving her because she hasn't changed. Lena also doesn't feel pretty. Lena is going through a hard time both at school and at home. She doesn't have anyone to talk to about it. Conflict: (4-6 sentences) Lena needs her frien Book Report Guidelines – Good Reads Name of book: Chicken Soup for the Soul- Teens Talk Author: Jack Canfield Pages: Short story- The Makeover Genre: Fiction Reading Level of book: Exposition (4-6 sentences) Lena's parents are getting a divorce. Lena's friends have told her they are leaving her because she hasn't changed. Lena also doesn't feel pretty. Lena is going through a hard time both at school and at home. She doesn't have anyone to talk to about it. Conflict: (4-6 sentences) Lena needs her friends to help her get through her parent's divorce, but they left her. In turn, Lena needs her parent's support over losing her friends, but they are getting a divorce. Lena feels alone. Climax: (4-6 sentences) A popular girl at school starts inviting Lena to parties and to hang out. On picture day, Lena was going to take a picture with her big glasses and her hair pulled back. Diana, the popular girl, told her she couldn't take a picture like that. She pulled her into the restroom and gave her a makeover. Lena wasn't allowed to use make-up, and without her glasses, she couldn't see, so she didn't know how she would look. Her friend said she looked nice, so she took her word for it. When she got the pictures back, she did like the way she looked, and she felt like a new person. Resolution: (4-6 sentences) Although Lena didn't haver her old friend or her parents, she had Diana, her new friend. Diana made Lena feel pretty. Lena said that even though she didn't talk about her feelings with the popular girl, she didn't feel alone anymore. Choose a theme in your book and compare to any piece of literature we have read in class. What is similar? What is different? What have you learned about the human experience? (7-10 sentences) In The Makeover, the theme is friends come and go, but you'll always have someone to be there for you. This is a similar theme to the one in the short story "It Was the Year." In both stories the main characters lose their friends and feel alone. In "The Makeover," Lena made a new friend, but in "It was the Year," she was just left with the memories. Both characters learned that their friends weren't true friends.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leila T.

    I liked about three or five of the (tens of) contributions in this book, at least one of which was by an adult. I think that part of the problem in my not liking this book is the part where I'm no longer a teenager. I'm sure that the themes and writing in the book might be more appealing to a teenager than to an adult, because by virtue of being written by a peer they are valued? But honestly I think highly enough of teenagers' capacity to read and write that I can't imagine most of them liking I liked about three or five of the (tens of) contributions in this book, at least one of which was by an adult. I think that part of the problem in my not liking this book is the part where I'm no longer a teenager. I'm sure that the themes and writing in the book might be more appealing to a teenager than to an adult, because by virtue of being written by a peer they are valued? But honestly I think highly enough of teenagers' capacity to read and write that I can't imagine most of them liking this book either. Overall the writing was too "nauseatingly adolescent", the emotions too stereotyped, the themes too cliche. I skipped over many of the poetry submissions, which is a black mark against my character I'm sure, but after the first two or three I just couldn't scrape my eyeballs across the pages to read rhyming lines about being dumped. This is incredibly unsupportive of me, and I'm trying to find a way of explaining myself so that I don't seem like a teenager-hater, but ultimately I think I just have disbelief that out of the purportedly thousands of submissions from around the world these were the ones considered worthy enough to be published.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miyanni 4sho

    I was so into volume one that I just went on, and on , and on to volume three. Now this book was more like the first one. This one talked abot the troubles of life and how we are to make it trough even if the next day is not promised wer still shiould believe in life. That is a qoute I made and kinda' added this qoute and related this to this book. I think ther main reason I loved this book so much is because at the time I was reading this book I was kinda of getting over the saddness of my aunt I was so into volume one that I just went on, and on , and on to volume three. Now this book was more like the first one. This one talked abot the troubles of life and how we are to make it trough even if the next day is not promised wer still shiould believe in life. That is a qoute I made and kinda' added this qoute and related this to this book. I think ther main reason I loved this book so much is because at the time I was reading this book I was kinda of getting over the saddness of my aunt dying. So this book helped me every time I thougt about the situation and wanted to cry. So this book is for all of the teenagers that know there is something troubling them because they are always sad about certain situations.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kehyonah Graves

    The third and final,not disappointing at all!!! It was probably the best out of three, and was the realest.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    amazing heartwarming adorable a truely great book

  10. 5 out of 5

    M.K. Aneal

    Very short but inspirational read(:

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abby Miller

    Every teenager has something to relate to in this book. One of the best things about Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is that it has a story for everyone because it is written by teens for teens. It’s a series of short stories and poems about every hard ship high schoolers face. It deals with friendships, death, sexuality, relationships, and so much more. However, I wasn’t totally sold on this book when I first started it. Since each story is really short, I felt that it was a little hard to ge Every teenager has something to relate to in this book. One of the best things about Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is that it has a story for everyone because it is written by teens for teens. It’s a series of short stories and poems about every hard ship high schoolers face. It deals with friendships, death, sexuality, relationships, and so much more. However, I wasn’t totally sold on this book when I first started it. Since each story is really short, I felt that it was a little hard to get into. I didn’t feel compelled to flip through the pages like I wanted to feel. However, once I got into the book a little more, I realized that it’s broken up into nine sections. Every one was completely different and had several stories that related to the theme of each section. Because of this, I found myself starting to get really involved in the book. I read through them like they were all just smaller books, each with the same theme flowing through them. Once I finished one section, I was so excited to start the next one—to hear new perspectives and new stories. One example of a compelling (but also relatable) short story was called ‘The Funeral of My Rose’. It starts with a high school boy named Derek flying down the road in his car. He stops and buys a rose for a girl whom he finally decides to reveal his feelings to. When he gets to her house he confronts her. He tells her how he feels, fumbling though his words. He’s about to give her the rose when she rejects him abruptly. He sits on her porch, heart broken and embarrassed, before he finally decides to leave. “The next day I am in the car after a particularly wretched day at school. I sit there for a few moments letting my mind drift back to last night’s activity. Suddenly I notice the rose I had left in my car. This beautiful, red rose has now transformed into a black, stiff, thorny twig. I hold it in my hands for a few moments, and a tear rolls down my cheek. It’s time to move on.” This quote is an amazing example of how mature these stories are written. Many high schoolers go through the exact same thing: rejection, and it’s hard! But, this story makes you feel like you’re not alone in it. It helps you understand that everyone else has felt the same way too. On top of the competing and relatable stories, this book also contains great advice. It helps you learn from others and not make their same mistakes. It also opens your eyes to the hardships people go through, and it helps to put into perspective just how lucky you might be. One piece of advice that stood out to me was a poem submitted by Ben Witte, his Uncle Tom wrote him this letter of advice soon before he passed away. “Celebrate failure with just one more try. Be mindful of the riches money can’t buy. Be grateful for wealth, but know what’s at stake. And give back to the earth, always, more than you take”. This poem is beautiful and inspiring. It encourages the reader to grow from their failure instead of sulk, and to understand that money can’t buy happiness. It’s the stories like these that will stick with me and ring through my mind when I go through challenges. Chicken Soup for the Teenage soul is inspiring and relatable; if you have ever felt alone, unloved, or like a failure, this book has something in it for you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ryan B

    This collection of stories has something for everyone. From love, to friendships, to hardships, this book addresses many problems teenagers go through during their time of self discovery and change. Chicken Soup was both heartwarming and heartbreaking, giving a good representation of teen life. My favorite section of the book was, "Tough Stuff." I often found myself reading through "Tough Stuff" because I could relate to many of the stories. I highly recommend this book for all teenagers! This collection of stories has something for everyone. From love, to friendships, to hardships, this book addresses many problems teenagers go through during their time of self discovery and change. Chicken Soup was both heartwarming and heartbreaking, giving a good representation of teen life. My favorite section of the book was, "Tough Stuff." I often found myself reading through "Tough Stuff" because I could relate to many of the stories. I highly recommend this book for all teenagers!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

    I love that with these books they use real peoples stories, they are compelling and teach lessons. They don't only teach the author of the short story but it teaches the reader. A lesson I learns from reading this book is to never let your feelings for someone go unsaid, that is how you loose them. I helped me realize that feelings of love and respect should never go without being said, they can affect a person's life more than you will ever know. I love that with these books they use real peoples stories, they are compelling and teach lessons. They don't only teach the author of the short story but it teaches the reader. A lesson I learns from reading this book is to never let your feelings for someone go unsaid, that is how you loose them. I helped me realize that feelings of love and respect should never go without being said, they can affect a person's life more than you will ever know.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Castro

    I thought I wouldn't get past the nocuous first chapter about teen love, which felt like it was written by adults. I wondered if I'd felt that way once...but probably. I'm glad I kept reading, which lead up to real issues and situations teens face, and real feelings I have felt. Teens may want to skip the first chapter, and get to the "meat" of the book, but overall I think the book can be helpful. I thought I wouldn't get past the nocuous first chapter about teen love, which felt like it was written by adults. I wondered if I'd felt that way once...but probably. I'm glad I kept reading, which lead up to real issues and situations teens face, and real feelings I have felt. Teens may want to skip the first chapter, and get to the "meat" of the book, but overall I think the book can be helpful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I have enjoyed the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and have a collection of them. I especially liked the ones for teenagers as I could really relate to them when I was a teenager myself. Even now I can go back and read them and be reminded of my teenage years.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Savannah

    Absolutely love these books!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jozie Desautels

    Very good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mia Rose

    How come I never read this before. I am not into short stories but these experiences always stir up something in me.. this was quite small one, others I have are lengthy.. what's the difference? How come I never read this before. I am not into short stories but these experiences always stir up something in me.. this was quite small one, others I have are lengthy.. what's the difference?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carollynn

    heartwarming and full of true amazing stories of which this one stuck: Why Rion Should Live By Sarah Barnett High school didn't frighten me. Oh sure, the endless halls and hundreds of classrooms were overwhelming, but I took it in with all the pleasure of starting a new adventure. My freshman year was full of possibilities and new people. With a class of nearly two thousand newcomers, you just couldn't go wrong. So I, still possessing the innocence of a child concealed in a touch of mascara and li heartwarming and full of true amazing stories of which this one stuck: Why Rion Should Live By Sarah Barnett High school didn't frighten me. Oh sure, the endless halls and hundreds of classrooms were overwhelming, but I took it in with all the pleasure of starting a new adventure. My freshman year was full of possibilities and new people. With a class of nearly two thousand newcomers, you just couldn't go wrong. So I, still possessing the innocence of a child concealed in a touch of mascara and lipstick, set out to meet them all. Spanish One introduced me to Rion. By the student definition, he was a "freak": the black jeans, the well-worn Metallica shirts, the wallet chains, the works. But his unique personality and family troubles drew me to him. Not a crush, more of a curiosity. He was fun to talk to, and where interrupted whispering sessions left off, hours of phone conversations picked up. During one of these evening conversations, "it," as we like to address the incident, unfolded. We were discussing the spectacular height of Ms. Canaple's over-styled bangs when I heard Rion's dad yelling in the background. "Hold on," Rion muttered before a question could be asked. I could tell that he was trying to muffle the receiver, but you could still hear the horror as if his room were a dungeon, maximizing the bellows. Then the line went dead. Shaking, I listened to the flatline of the phone for a minute before gently placing it in its cradle, too scared to call back for fear of what I might hear. I had grown up in an ideal family setting: a mom and a dad and an older sister as a role model. This kind of situation took me by surprise, and I felt confused and helpless at the same time. A couple of tense hours later, after his father had gone to bed, Rion called me to apologize. He told me his dad had received a letter from his ex-wife, Rion's mom, saying she refused to pay child support. Having no other scapegoat, he stumbled into Rion's room in rage. "I can't take this anymore. All the fighting . . . it's always there. . . ." His voice had trailed off, lost in painful thought. "All I have to do is pull the trigger, and it will be over." "No!" I screamed. "Don't talk like that! You know you have so much to live for." It was becoming clearer every second how threatening the situation was. A cold, forced chuckle came from the other end of the line. "Yeah, right," was his response. We got off the phone, but only after promising to go right to sleep. Sleep, however, was light years away from me. I was so worried and had a feeling I was Rion's only hope. He had told me repeatedly that it was hard to open up to anyone but me. How could someone not want to live? I could literally list the reasons why I loved waking up every morning. Frantically, I racked my brain for ways to convince Rion of this. Then the lightbulb clicked on. I took a piece of notebook paper and entitled it, "Why Rion Should Live." Below, I began listing every reason I could think of that a person had to exist. What started as a few sentences turned into twenty, then thirty-two, then forty-seven. By midnight, I had penned fifty-seven reasons for Rion to live. The last ten were as follows: 48) Six feet of earth is pretty heavy. 49) They don't play Metallica in cemeteries. 50) Braces aren't biodegradable. 51) God loves you. 52) Believe it or not, your father loves you, too. 53) Spanish One would be so boring. 54) Two words: driver's license. 55) Satan isn't exactly the type of guy you want to hang out with for eternity. 56) How could you live without Twinkies? 57) You should never regret who you are, only what you have become. Believing that I had done my best, I crawled into bed to await tomorrow's chore: saving Rion. I waited for him at the door to Spanish the next day and handed him the paper as he walked in. I watched him from the opposite side of the room while he read the creased sheet in his lap. I waited, but he didn't look up for the entire period. After class, I approached him, concerned, but before I could say a word, his arms were around me in a tight embrace. I hugged him for a while, tears almost blinding me. He let go, and with a soft look into my eyes, he walked out of the room. No thank you was needed, his face said it all. A week later, Rion was transferred to another school district so that he could live with his grandmother. For weeks I heard nothing, until one night the phone rang. "Sarah, is it you?" I heard the familiar voice say. Well, it was like we had never missed a day. I updated him on Ms. Canaple's new haircut, and he told me his grades were much better, and he was on the soccer team. He is even going to counseling with his dad to help them build a stronger relationship. "But do you know what the best part is?" I sensed true happiness in his voice. "I don't regret who I am, nor what I've become.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Awesome for teens! Not as impactful for me Lol

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pooja Banga

    The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series gives more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers. More and more, life is a struggle for teens. Not just dealing with the tragedies that seem to plague them so often, but also handling the daily pressures that pervade their lives. This book, like the first two volumes in the series, will help them, and will serve as their guide and constant companion. Chapters focus on love, friendship, family, tough stuff The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series gives more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers. More and more, life is a struggle for teens. Not just dealing with the tragedies that seem to plague them so often, but also handling the daily pressures that pervade their lives. This book, like the first two volumes in the series, will help them, and will serve as their guide and constant companion. Chapters focus on love, friendship, family, tough stuff, growing up, kindness, learning lessons and making a difference. In keeping with the themes and content of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series, teens will also find support, encouragement and understanding from their peers, as well as from caring and compassionate adults. This is a book you will read and reread, sharing your favorite stories with one another over and over again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana Martinez

    So far i started reading Chicken soup for a teenage soul III. Its about how teenage girls go through trouble in there life about love, friends and things at home. The first story that i read was about a girl in middle school who has a crush on a boy in one of her classes. He is the jock of the school, and she is the shy girl that not a lot of people talk to. she wears overalls and ripped shirts and ripped jeans and her hair is rarely ever done. She thinks that he will never pay attention to her So far i started reading Chicken soup for a teenage soul III. Its about how teenage girls go through trouble in there life about love, friends and things at home. The first story that i read was about a girl in middle school who has a crush on a boy in one of her classes. He is the jock of the school, and she is the shy girl that not a lot of people talk to. she wears overalls and ripped shirts and ripped jeans and her hair is rarely ever done. She thinks that he will never pay attention to her because she is shy and isn't like all the other girls that wear skirts and always care about how they look. But soon he starts talking to her and waiting for her after class and picking her to be his partner for projects. she starts to feel that maybe he likes her but she doesn't wanna get all her hope up and then for him o just ay that he just wants to be friends with her. she doesn't have a lot of friends so she has trouble finding out what he thinks about her. till one day he waits for her after class and starts telling her how pretty she looks and how he has liked he her for a while and he asks her for her number. later on they start talking and he finally asks her out, but he doesn't want he to tell anyone or make a big deal about it. later on after a month that they have been dating and no one knows and when he is around his friends she acts mean to her and makes fun of her and she doesn't understand why he does that when he says he loves her so much. After awhile she starts to realize that he is embarrassed of her and he doesn't wanna be seen with her. she realizes that maybe she is better off alone then to be with someone who treats her differently then when they are alone. When they break up he tells her that he was only using her. In the book they don't tell the names because the girl wants to be kept unknown.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    How I Came To Read This Book: My sister owns the first two teenage chicken soup books, I own the third. The Concept: These books are really all extensions of one another, and extensions of a much larger, familiar franchise. Heartwarming (or heartstring-pulling) stories of being a teenager or encounters with teenagers that are meant to melt even the frostiest of dispositions. The Good & The Bad: These books are packed to the gills with schmaltz, and likely blur the lines between fiction and reality How I Came To Read This Book: My sister owns the first two teenage chicken soup books, I own the third. The Concept: These books are really all extensions of one another, and extensions of a much larger, familiar franchise. Heartwarming (or heartstring-pulling) stories of being a teenager or encounters with teenagers that are meant to melt even the frostiest of dispositions. The Good & The Bad: These books are packed to the gills with schmaltz, and likely blur the lines between fiction and reality a bit with their preciousness. But there’s a reason why this franchise has been so popular – the stories are bite-size bits of hope that alternately delight and sadden the reader. They’re great for teens (I read them in high school) but also provide a bit of insight for parents as well, albeit a sugar-coated suburban depth of insight. The Bottom Line: There are three of these books for a reason…probably more by now. Anything Memorable?: Yes two things. One is that a classmate of mine was so moved by a story of a famous golfer that was banned from a golf course (he was black) that she read the story out loud to my advanced English course. Just because. Weirdly that same concept existed in a different vein in James Frey’s book “My Friend Leonard”. The other is I believe in the third book, which I own, a father writes a letter to his graduating child. I altered that slightly to be the last page of this notebook aptly titled ‘The Book’ that I had in high school that all my classmates filled out – it’s like a time capsule of teenagehood. A bit of a soft touch, but a nice, memorable one. 50-Book Challenge?: Nope.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michaela

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The main thing that I loved about this book was how inspiring and tearjerking the stories where. When i read about what these poor teens have gone through and what they have had to deal with just breaks my heart. These kids really poor their heart and soul into their writing. One story that really gets to me was one was about child abuse. A mum starts abusing her 5 children when she becomes an alcoholic and a drug abuser. Child protection agencies came several times to the house, but the kids al The main thing that I loved about this book was how inspiring and tearjerking the stories where. When i read about what these poor teens have gone through and what they have had to deal with just breaks my heart. These kids really poor their heart and soul into their writing. One story that really gets to me was one was about child abuse. A mum starts abusing her 5 children when she becomes an alcoholic and a drug abuser. Child protection agencies came several times to the house, but the kids always cleaned up and were on their best behavior. They denied everything, including the fact that their mum abused them. Then, one night there mum came home really drunk and she hit the writer of the story over the head with a lamp and she threw a vase at her sister. They could deny it all they wanted to others, but they could no longer deny what was happening to themselves. So, the girl made the hardest decision that she would ever have to make. She called child protection agencies and told them what was happening. Her sisters cried at her side to not call, because they would only get in trouble. But its been a couple years since she called now, and her and her sister have been adopted by a nice couple to treats them right. Her other sister lives with people who treat her like their own daughter. Their step sister went back to live with her dad and sadly, they lost contact with their step brother. But their lives are happy now, and that made me still believe in the fact that things dont have to stay bad forever, because you can change them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    GraceQ

    Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is a book of non-fiction short stories written by teenagers who submit their stories, essays, poems, and other writings to the publisher. The works in the book are usually one to five pages long and are divided into groups. Some of the groups include friendship, family, life lessons, growing up, and self-discovery. The stories are based on the personal experiences of its author. In the stories, the author usually faces an internal or external conflict. In most Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is a book of non-fiction short stories written by teenagers who submit their stories, essays, poems, and other writings to the publisher. The works in the book are usually one to five pages long and are divided into groups. Some of the groups include friendship, family, life lessons, growing up, and self-discovery. The stories are based on the personal experiences of its author. In the stories, the author usually faces an internal or external conflict. In most cases, the conflict seems to be overcome and the story will teach you a lesson. Other times, the author is still dealing with the conflict. The book also includes cartoons, drawn by teenagers, which are fairly funny and also have a point. I think it is very clever how this series of books, written for teenagers, is written by teenagers. It was easy to relate to some of the stories in the book because the teenage author was able to connect with you through their own personal experiences. I think that this is a strength that the book has. I chose this book because I have read other Chicken Soup books in the past and I really enjoy them. I liked the fact that it was a book you could read either very fast or slow. If you do not like short story books with many writings about different topics then I would not recommend this book for you. However, it was an excellently written book and the authors are extremely talented teenagers. ( 256 Words )

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Haruki

    "People have a tendency to become what you expect them to be." There's not really much to review on a book like this. It's a collection of short stories and poems written and/or submitted by teens, for teens. (Oh my gosh, I sound like an infomercial or something..) I liked it, but it's not really the type of thing I'd recommend to someone. It's more like one of those coffee table books, or the ones you keep on your nightstand but only pick up every once in a while. embarrassed to admit how lo "People have a tendency to become what you expect them to be." There's not really much to review on a book like this. It's a collection of short stories and poems written and/or submitted by teens, for teens. (Oh my gosh, I sound like an infomercial or something..) I liked it, but it's not really the type of thing I'd recommend to someone. It's more like one of those coffee table books, or the ones you keep on your nightstand but only pick up every once in a while. embarrassed to admit how long i took to finish this

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    The Chicken Soup books are basically collections of stories that people send in, usually with morals, and this chicken soup book is no different. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul talks about experiences that people had during their teenage years: frienships, hardships, deaths, lessons learned, etc. When I was younger I read the Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul book, although I admit I mostly read the sections on deaths and hardships (What can I say, I was a very morbid kid). Sometimes it is hard The Chicken Soup books are basically collections of stories that people send in, usually with morals, and this chicken soup book is no different. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul talks about experiences that people had during their teenage years: frienships, hardships, deaths, lessons learned, etc. When I was younger I read the Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul book, although I admit I mostly read the sections on deaths and hardships (What can I say, I was a very morbid kid). Sometimes it is hard to believe that the people in the chicken soup books are real: their stories are so eventful and hollywood-like, and complete with a little moral in the end. It is hard for me to connect with what most people in this book went through, although I suppose that was the intended purpose. Overall, this is a nice read for any teenager (or adult, or anyone really) who enjoys reading about other people's lives and are interested in what people learn from past mistakes. The stories form a kind of narrative on teenage life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Wells

    I don't get why Chicken Soup For The Soul books have such a bad rep. Most of these stories weren't overdramatic or cheesy. They were written in a poetic, deep way that really elicit whatever emotion it intends to elicit. The book, like all Chicken Soup books, are split into sections: Relationships, Friendship, The Power Of Love, Family, Lesson, Tough Stuff, Overcoming Obstacles, Self-Discovery, and Growing Up. There were a few stories that were cliche and corny, (which were mostly reserved in the I don't get why Chicken Soup For The Soul books have such a bad rep. Most of these stories weren't overdramatic or cheesy. They were written in a poetic, deep way that really elicit whatever emotion it intends to elicit. The book, like all Chicken Soup books, are split into sections: Relationships, Friendship, The Power Of Love, Family, Lesson, Tough Stuff, Overcoming Obstacles, Self-Discovery, and Growing Up. There were a few stories that were cliche and corny, (which were mostly reserved in the Relationships and Friendship sections) most of the stories were realistic and serious. Anyone going through the topics detailed in the stories can relate to the emotions expressed in the stories. All of the stories were well-written and detailed. If you're a fan of Chicken Soup For The Soul or inspirational books, this is a good choice. Pros: The great writing and the ability to spark emotion. Cons: Some cheesy, cliched stories.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah L

    First of all, this book was absolutely full of great stories about how to get through those tough times in life. One part of this book that really popped out for me was "Overcoming Obstacles". It was without a doubt encouraging to learn how young people persevered through tough times in their lives. Also I thought that this was a great book. It showed that people aren't afraid to push through difficult times in life. It demonstrated that if others could handle the obstacles in life, then so cou First of all, this book was absolutely full of great stories about how to get through those tough times in life. One part of this book that really popped out for me was "Overcoming Obstacles". It was without a doubt encouraging to learn how young people persevered through tough times in their lives. Also I thought that this was a great book. It showed that people aren't afraid to push through difficult times in life. It demonstrated that if others could handle the obstacles in life, then so could I. Altogether is was a great book to learn from and kind of get some advice. In conclusion this book could easily draw preteen to young adult readers. Many people fall at times in their lives and this would be a great book for them to pick up and read for the life lessons it teaches.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I like the "Chicken Soup" series. I think it works well as an introduction to the memoir but it's been a while since I've read any of them myself so I took one off the shelf and began reading. I had difficulties relating to the first few sections; I wasn't in the mood to deal with teenage drama and angst. After a relaxing weekend, I was ready to begin again. This time I was touched. Usually "Chicken Soup" books make me cry. This one didn't. It may have been because I was reading along with student I like the "Chicken Soup" series. I think it works well as an introduction to the memoir but it's been a while since I've read any of them myself so I took one off the shelf and began reading. I had difficulties relating to the first few sections; I wasn't in the mood to deal with teenage drama and angst. After a relaxing weekend, I was ready to begin again. This time I was touched. Usually "Chicken Soup" books make me cry. This one didn't. It may have been because I was reading along with students during SSR; it may have been because I was not feeling particularly sympathetic to teens when I was reading. Even though there were no tears, I still found the stories charming and touching. I could see where several of these stories could spark serious class discussions.

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