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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff: Stories of Tough Times and Lessons Learned (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

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This latest offering in the best-selling "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul "series explores a host of challenges faced by today's teens. Within its pages teens will find portraits of life's complexities expressed from the viewpoint of their peers. Teen contributors share their thoughts and feelings on difficult issues, ranging from poor self-image to thoughts of suicide, ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Health Communications (first published January 1st 2001)
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Dec 05, 2008 Alex rated it it was amazing
While I was reading Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff, I read some phenomenal stories, but there was only one in particular that was my favorite, its called I Never Knew. The emotion that this story brought me was very depressing. Its about a girl and her best friend Cindy, and Cindy had everything going for her, she was really popular and all the guys wanted her, and she was incredibly beautiful, but one day she couldn't handle the abuse that her father was doing to her, so she d ...more
Menglong Youk
Feb 06, 2015 Menglong Youk rated it really liked it
This is by far the best books among five Chicken Soup for the Soul I've ever read. For whom doesn't know this book, I want to let you know that it is a collections of short stories on tough stuff that teenagers and some other ages meet in their every day's life, such as death of a person we know, drug, alcohol, self-acceptance, family matters, suicide, tragedy, etc. Most of the stories are more touching and inspirational than those in the previous books. Besides, I love reading stories on tough ...more
I can honestly say this book was one of my favorites ! I hardly recommend this book to all the teenagers out there. This book isn't just like any other regular one out there, this book has a lot of different types of stories, different themes that talk about issues during teenage life. Whether you are having issues right now or not, it is still very important for you to get to know these types of stories this book has. It is filled with teenage problems such as; suicide , family problems , death ...more
Apr 05, 2009 Daisy rated it it was amazing
Some stories made me cry and realize it could happen to me!!! If any of my friends read this review and story, all I have to say is please learn from these other teens past mistakes and lessons. They can help you in life as they have done for me. Especially now that we are teenagers, we think we know everyhting. Truth is, we don't! Just take my advice, learn from the past mistakes people are trying to help us avoid. I will always have a copy of this book in my house, that's for sure.
Victoria Garcia
Apr 11, 2016 Victoria Garcia rated it it was amazing
The book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff by Jack Canfield tells the story of many teenagers life through a friends death, abuse, drug addiction, achohal addiction, and suicide. Overall, I thought the book was a really good book. I like reading the Chicken Soup books and when I saw this one in the school library I thought I would start to read it for fun. Well I quickly got addicted to this book soon after I read the first few pages. It amazes me that so many teenagers are willin ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Alec rated it it was amazing
I love this book! i cried and laughed all the way through. If you feel alone in the world, this book is for you. I personally think they should have made the suicide section longer because it is such an intense issue today, or maybe that's why they didn't. I just loved this book! I have memorized almost all of the poems in here!
Jun 13, 2011 Dasha rated it it was amazing
I remember being so young, hiding behind a lightpost at a soccer game (which I loved to watch), and I couldn't tear myself away from reading these stories. I reread them about 10 times each.

Its an essential piece of art to have in your collection if you have a child, sibling, or even for yourself.

Paola (ElvenBookworm)
Aug 08, 2016 Paola (ElvenBookworm) rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book for the first time when I was in the 6th grade, so I was quite young to be reading a book with such serious topics, but I thoroughly remember the impact that it had on me. I flew through it in a couple of days because I was THAT enticed with it. It stuck with me for days and I would check it out from the library any chance I could.

The stories in this book were absolutely so beautiful and moving. Add to that the fact that they're all true stories and the impact becomes that
Courtney Wright.
Nov 08, 2011 Courtney Wright. rated it it was amazing
I really like this book:) It amazes me what people go through in the world and I realize that I am not alone and some situations. its a great book to read to help you through your life, i recomend it highly its amazing , i like the whole range of chiken soup books but especially this one.
Janettee Mccrary
Aug 13, 2014 Janettee Mccrary rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, I was going through a lot of bad stuff. I had just lost my second closest friend to Luekemia, and my mother and another friend were unaccounted for in two of the areas hit in the Sept. 11 attacks. I was very depressed and thought maybe seeing how bad other people lives were would make my problems seem silly. The book didn't do that, but it allowed me to finally cry and feel better afterwards. I was able to grieve for my best friend, and have faith that those lost would be ...more
May 28, 2010 Em rated it it was amazing
Growing up is not easy. There are times when we find that adolescence challenges us the most. We become confused with our roles, our identities, and sometimes comes a point when we break our relationships with people around us, and worse, our relationship with our own selves.

In our teenage years, we had to deal with several pressures – peer and society, family, school, career, relationships – and the greatest challenge posed before us is to triumph against temptations, i.e. to cross the adolesce
Nov 14, 2009 Mariana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Mariana by: Tarra
Review by:Mariana,Massachusetts
Title:Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul On Tough Stuff
Author's name:Jack Canfield
Genre:realistic fiction
Summary"Well the book has many stories in it and theyre split into chapters based on what theyre about.For example there was abuse,alcohol and drugs,and death and dying.Its about teenagers who have a story about themselves kind of like a book of memoirs.They all hold lessons at the end which i hope people can learn from.
Interesting:I liked how even though i haven
Dec 05, 2007 Robin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff: Stories of Tough Times and Lessons Learned is a book written by teenagers and some people in their early 20's, and this whole book is compiled by Kimberly Kirgerger, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. I wanted to read this book, because I was going through some tough times, and thought that maybe this book could help me get through them. I was depressed, and sometimes had thoughts of how and what it would be like if I killed myself, I hate to ...more
Narayana Almanza29259
Sep 10, 2014 Narayana Almanza29259 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because of how many diffrent kind of stories there are and how many of the stories are true.I also like this book because of the diffrent kind of stories like on growing up and on self-acceptance.This book also has some stories that relate to me like on my self-acceptance.This book also has some stories that can make people feel emotinol because of the details the stories use.This book is one of the many books of the Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Brindha Priyadharshini
Jan 21, 2016 Brindha Priyadharshini rated it it was amazing
I can never forget this book, a precious book of heart warming stories that is worth its weight in gold, and more..the best yet of all the chicken soup books, true stories of people who have gotten through parts of life that will leave scars on them forever, and reading their thoughts on it, will equip us for such experiences, if and when we face it...
Sep 11, 2014 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
Sometimes in life we as teenagers go through many things like experiences whether it is going through a good time or rough time. I liked the fact that this book tell you so many stories of what other people have been through in their life experiences. You can even relate to some of the stories.
Stephanie Martin
Jun 09, 2010 Stephanie Martin rated it really liked it
This book was really amazing, it shares lifes stories of what happenes in peoples life, weather it be about losing a realtionship, a death in the family or a close friend, it is so good, I like how when you read the book that it is like you can relate to what they are going threw and if you cant it is like you can just get he feel of what they are going threw. I read one that was about this little girl who had cancer and this woman sepent everyday with her and then the girl died. It had to be th ...more
Feb 07, 2008 Mayra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has time to read rel life stories of teens.
This book consist of many short stories about teenagers and their conflicts in and out of school.Their are several stories about suffering alone and it really surprised me that their are people who suffer alone and never let anyone help them out. I was close to tears when i read about how friends tore apart but accidents brought them back together. Reading this short stories made me realize that some people are real lonely in this world and I should be glad that i have friends and a family that ...more
Rick Christiansen
Read this book to find short stories or poems that I could use in class with 6th grade students. Some of the content may be a little too mature for 11-12 year olds, but I dogeared some selections nevertheless.
Melanie East
Mar 01, 2016 Melanie East rated it liked it
Some of my students really relate to this book. It speaks to them in a way I can't. It is good to see kids who hate reading reading this book and telling me that they like a poem or story in it.
Sep 17, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I was going through a pretty tough time when I read this and not only did it help me through it but it also made me realize I'm wasn't alone in what I was feeling and going through!
Rene Cranford
Feb 07, 2014 Rene Cranford rated it it was amazing
This book is really helpful with teenagers that are going through hard times and need some advice to help with there life problems. It is really helpful and a great book to read.
Dec 07, 2010 ♥Xeni♥ rated it it was amazing
This is one of the few Chicken Soup for the Soul books that I still own. I went through a period back in middle school where I tried to read as many of these as I could (after a longer period of thinking they were the stupidest books on the market).

I am so glad that I grew out of the judging-a-book-by-it's-cover thing (for the most part) because without it I never would have enjoyed the multitude of stories that are the Chicken Soup books!

This one was especially close to my heart, because as I
Jun 01, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I have been reading this book weekly to the teenagers I do group therapy with. Great poems and stories for teens dealing with difficult obstacles
Aug 30, 2015 Ranjani rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
People around us have been through so much that it reminds us, even in the darkest times, that we're not alone.
Jessica Parnell
Nov 24, 2008 Jessica Parnell rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teens/ Young Adults
I really liked this book. This book is about manly stories that young teens went through as their years past. I would say if you like Sad,Happy,conforting..etc. Then this book would be the one you would wanna read. My favorite story in this book was called "Help Me". I liked this story the best because it started out sad about this little girl getting beaten up by her dad and no one came to help her. She would scream for her mom saying " help me pull me away from this". But her mother couyld not ...more
Mar 10, 2009 Jandkplus8fan1 rated it really liked it
I thought this was such a good book. It has a whole bunch of stories about people who have been threw something tragic and thought they would never ever go through. It shows anything can happen in an instant, so live your life to the fullest. Don't take things for granted, because the next thing you know, it will be gone. I gave it 4 stars. I gave it that because I thought it was a good book, but was hard to handle. I am not good at rading emotional stuff, so it was diffucult to get threw it. It ...more
Kanomi Okina
Sad stories, but also uplifting to see how others were able to get through tough times
Apr 19, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it
This was a collect of short stories that teenager wrote about when they had difficult times in life.
I really enjoy reading these books because sometimes I feel that I am not the most fortunate girls in the world, but compare to some of those teenagers, I am consider one of the luckiest girl in the world. More than that, I also learned more about how others cope with their emotions, one of the ways is through writing and I do the same thing, through writing except I never shared my most inner fee
Nov 05, 2008 Risheilly rated it liked it
This is a very conplexed and good book. It talks about hard stuff that teens go through in life like peer pressure, alcohol, deaths, drugs, etc. It tells different stories that have happened to teens and the hard things they went through. They also have poems in the beginning of every chapter making you think from a different point of view. One story was about a girl who went to a party and needed a ride home and her friend was drunk. They got into an accident and they friend survived but not th ...more
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Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, which currently has over 124 titles and 100 million copies in print in over 47 languages. According to USA Today, Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were the top-selling authors in the United States in 1997.

Canfield received a BA in Chi
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