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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  13,332 ratings  ·  619 reviews
This first batch of Chicken Soup for Teens consists of 101 stories every teenager can relate to and learn from -- without feeling criticized or judged. This edition contains important lessons on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of belief in the future, and the value of respect for oneself and others, and much more.
Paperback, 353 pages
Published May 14th 1997 by Chicken Soup for the Soul (first published January 1st 1997)
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Kehyonah Graves
Being the first one in the trilogy, it was good and very touching. It gave me the felling that I was not alone in feeling the "teenage" feelings I was feeling.
Nancy
Oct 30, 2008 Nancy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
The name of this book is called Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning (Paperback) by Kirberger Kimberly. This book is jammed with many stories written by real life people who had actually experienced what they have written in this book. An example of a story that in this book would be about a girl who had her heart broken because her boyfriend decided that they best way for them was to end the relationship. She said that she hated it and that she hated how she ...more
Rebecca
If the soul was ever in need of comfort or soothing (which chicken soup supposedly is) then I feel very sorry for the person who goes straight to this book to find it. Another collection of stories etc from 'real people' about 'life lessons' and 'issues'. There is a very mainstream conservative twinge in these books. You never hear stories of people who stopped believing in God or who are from non Judeo Christian religions, are gay, or who committed crimes in their youth or who dropped out of sc ...more
Eliza
"Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul" was a beautiful compilation of short stories that I think every teenager can relate to, all the time. I'm almost positive that fifty years from now, if a teenager picked up this book, they'd instantly be able to relate to it.

With that said, Chicken Soup wasn't always brilliantly written, but the thought was there. I wasn't expecting it to be out-of-this-world, because of course, it was written by teenagers for teenagers. The stories inside it were just, wow.

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Taylar Kelly
The book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is a really good book. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is written by Jack Canfield.I really enjoyed reading this book. It was at my level, meaning it was easy to read.
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is pretty much a book for teens. This book mentions family, friendships,relationships, learning, kindness,tough stuff,and make differences. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is like a guide for life. It includes many stories that relate to teens.This boo
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Amber
Chicken soup is a really good book because it gives you great advise and its a book that will make you happy and sad. This book really makes you care and feel good or bad for the people in the book. This book is really good because its not like any other book you dont have to read cover to cover you can skip storys or read them all but the storys are really good.
This book is a text to world book. I say this becasue this book is from teenagers/adults (who remeber storys or there teenage years)
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Karla
This book is a great book for any teenager to read. This book consists of a variety of true stories about teenagers, by teenagers, or in some cases, by adults writing in about an experience they had as a teenager. I like how this book was divided into sections such as friendship, relationships, tough stuff, and family. This book also includes some poems and some stories have websites you can visit for help or different organizations. A lot of these stories are inspiring and some of them make you ...more
Stephanie
Stephanie Jones
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As a young teenager, I remember reading the first editions of the “Chicken Soup” series. They were given to me by loved ones who wanted to make my teenage years as easy as possible. The “Chicken Soup” books were written to bring comfort (as actual chicken soup does) to different age groups and share the experiences of ordinary people to help readers to see that they are not alone in what they are dealing with. These books of short stories, along with the Bible, were
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Yva Ladera
When I was younger, my sister introduced me to this book. I instantly denied it due to the fact that I always thought Chicken Soup books were for saps and stay-at-home mothers. But when there was a rough patch in my home, i needed something to turn to. This was my turn-to guide.
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is what I would call a teenagers dream for emotional support. From boys to divorce to death, this book covers it all. One story I immediately turned to was Soul Mates. A quote that got m
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4nataly
Chicken soup for the soul was a great adventure. It took my imagination on a fun roller coaster ride. It took me back to sad times as well as happy times. Some of the stories related to my life and others made me appreciate my life. At times It was very emotional, exiting, sad, and happy. The three things that stood out to me the most were the various authors, its styled chapters and last but last least the many morals I learned from the book. Chicken soup for the soul is 101 different stories o ...more
Julie Pfeiffer
This book contains 101 stories for teenagers about:
Relationships
Friendship
Family
Love and Kindness
Learning
Tough Stuff
Making a Difference
Going For It
The introduction of the book explains that the books can be read straight through or can be used as a guide book, depending on what issue the reader is going through.
I liked this book because the majority of stories and poems are written by teenagers that have dealt with these situations. A few stories are written by adults that remember what it was
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Alice Ishrat
When I read this book, I had connected to it so much. This book is about teens that are not living a normal life. I had many feelings toward this book. Depressed feelings and angry feelings. It contains multiple stories. Some of the stories that were involved in the book, are "Death and Spying, Suicide, Eating Disorders” and many more. In one of the stories, it mentions how teens these days suicide for their problems that they cannot settle. For instance love problems or family crises. There are ...more
Hannah G.
I found this book so enlightening! Each story was atleast a little bit relatable to my own life and I found that it really helped me see how I could handle different situations I am either in or could soon be in differently. The stories were powerful and I felt so many different emotions as I read this book. Although a lot were heartbreaking, i found myself smiling at others! Some stories that I really enjoyed were: Losing the "Us", The Gossiper, My New Best Friend, First Love, The Dance, If I K ...more
Madison Gill
This book is a life lesson book. There a bunch of stories on girls, about their lives. It deals with romance, friends, school, and much more. These books are made up of a bunch of short storis that will make you laugh, along with learn.
This book has about 300 pages. There are many more different topics, for teens, and more. Even if you don't like to read you could just read one 3 page story a night. These books are so much fun!
One of my favorite stories is one were a boy kisses a girl on her te
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Abrar
لمدة سنة كل مارحت المكتبه امر من قدام الكتاب واطنشو حسبتو وصفات لشربة دجاج هههههه
بعدين قررت اني اتصفحو واشتريتو بس مو مره عجبني حسيتو مره ما يناسب مجتمعنا..
Nezzo
Когато изровиш книга от най-забравеното място в училищната библиотека, забутана дори зад шала на библиотекарката, хванала два пръста прах и нещастно губеща се сред имена като Нора Робъртс и Даниел Стийл и други известни имена на малки и нещастни любовни романи, се чувстваш щастлив.
Просто е важно да търсиш. И ако само желанието да търсиш и откриваш те води, то тогава със сигурност ще намериш това, което търси теб. Ако в онзи ден не се бях разровила по рафтовете с надеждата да открия нещо различно
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Jamaica
Chicken soup for the Teenage soul, is one of my all time favorite books. Chicken soup has series of books for everyone including adults, parents, teens and even dogs. I love reading books that I can relate to especially stories for my age. Throughout my teens years, I've dealt and struggled through obstacles I didn't think I would face but reading younger teens dealing with the same situation I was in, made me feel less lonely.
I've been done with this book, never updated. This book is one of my
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Carroll
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul:
101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Kimberly Kirberger
This book of page-or-two stories covers all the topics that concern teenagers the most: relationships, friendship, family, love and kindness, learning, making a difference, and going for it- and there’s a special section for the ‘tough stuff’-teenage drinking, death, suicide, eating disorders, etc. The stories are by teens- or, at least, by people who went through t
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Caroline
May 09, 2010 Caroline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone.
Recommended to Caroline by: I heard people recite passages from it.
This book is full of beautiful life stories, each of which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learned a valuable lesson from. Although the writing was not always the best, it was written by a big variety of authors at all different ages, so it's completely understandable.

Some of my favorite passages from the book:

In a story in which a boy's sister becomes gravely ill and he does all he can to keep her alive, but then comes to understand that maybe life isn't what's best for her:
"That night before
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Milagros Geldres
i really like ready the short stories & different experiences as a teenager things i can relate to .i love it so far
Review :"Chicken Soup For the teenage soul , is a book written by Jack Canfield .Jack's message goes out to all teenager growing up in life and real life situation & stories that can make your learn on what teenagers might grow through at early ages as teens.
The auhthor main points throught out the book empisize on real life situations, it shows teenagers that go through m
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Kelsie
Chicken Noodle Soup for the Teenage Soul is considered to be Young Adult Literature Non-fiction.

This is a book summary from amazon.com

This book, the latest in the hugely popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series, contains stories, poems, and cartoons relating to the specific troubles that traumatize teenagers everywhere. There are plenty of stories about dating ("HE KISSED MY TEETH!"), friendships (don't gossip), and school. But Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul doesn't shy away from the big iss
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Jazmine Martinez
The book that I choose was “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul” by Jack Canfield, Mark V. Hansen and Kimberly Kirberger. I choose this book because I heard that “Chicken Soup” books are really interesting. Also because of the how colorful the book is. I have read other books of “Chicken Soup” and they are so interesting.

This book is great and thoughtful. Many people read this book because of what the authors say in them, well that’s my opinion. It talks about many peoples life and how they deal w
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Gabriela
Name of book: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
Author: Jack Canfield
Pages: 353
Genre: non fiction
Reading Level:
Exposition: The book is about different teenage stories and of what some teenagers have gone through. And of what other teens have gone through so they are true stories that you can learn about. The good thing about this books is that they help you relate to the story without being afraid of being judge basically you are learning from experience of others. This is the exposition of the b
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Emily Tonge
This book is a bunch of inspiring stories. It can help teenagers with some of the struggles they go through. It has many fantastic poems and stories that cover many different issues that teenagers go through. There are stories about how to deal with losing best friends, break ups, families issues, and many other things.
There book has not been made into a movie. But if there was a movie it would be great for kids who are having trouble. It could help teenagers and their parents. It would be goo
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Hannah
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
By: Jack Canfield

This book is a bunch of true short stories that have happened to teenagers all across the country/world. These stories are about family, friendship, relationships, and many more. I really liked this book.

The point of this book was to inspire people and to make people happy and smile. I believe the people that wrote and submitted the stories to be put in the book to inspire people, make people smile, or make people think that their not the only
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Denver
I actually read this book a while ago, in intermediate, and used to enjoy the short stories within. They were short and dramatic, perfect for my 11-year old self. I decided to re-read it because i knew it was good.

This book is a compilation of short stories, with subtle morals for the average teenager. This book completes the category: three poems or short tories from one anthology. I used to enjoy short stories, because they were an easy read, but now i prefer longer novels.

“Letting go doesn't
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Sanaz
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Sarah L
To begin with this book was filled with 100 plus small stories about love, life, and learning about oneself and others. In this book specifically there were many stories on making a difference. A few other topics were relationships, family, and learning. Although I really enjoyed reading about people who tried to make a difference.
Also I certainly liked reading this book, because it inspired me a little bit to try and make a difference in those around me. It was neat to read about how and why
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Lindsey

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul was an interesting book. Many of the stories featured in the book were inspiring. One example is the story about the boy whose leg had to be amputated after a horrible car accident. He had to learn to play sports with a prosthetic leg. His story inspired me because I cannot imagine what he went through. I do not think I would ever be able to almost immediately return to normal activities if I lost my leg.

Another story I found inspiring was the story about a gir
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dummydums
People usually think that teenagers are overrated, and they are honestly spoilt and rude and boisterious and have no problems at all but have a great need to invent drama in their lives. However, a teenager knows that this is the part where he starts to grow and mature, and starts to get ideas and wants to become someone. I went through that phase, and it was one of the toughest phases in my life. However, during that phase, I was introduced to the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series, and h ...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.

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