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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

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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.
Jan 10, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was ok
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
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
Dec 27, 2011 Ellie rated it really liked it
"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.

Taylar Kelly
Oct 31, 2013 Taylar Kelly rated it liked it
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
Nov 01, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing
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)
May 08, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Jones
Short Stories

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
Yva Ladera
Jun 09, 2011 Yva Ladera rated it really liked it
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
May 09, 2010 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Milagros Geldres
May 04, 2012 Milagros Geldres rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 29, 2011 Karla rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 03, 2008 Abrar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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..
Apr 20, 2009 4nataly rated it liked it
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
Mar 28, 2010 Julie Pfeiffer rated it really liked it
This book contains 101 stories for teenagers about:
Love and Kindness
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
Sep 25, 2013 Sanaz rated it it was amazing
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Alice Ishrat
Oct 25, 2009 Alice Ishrat rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 20, 2011 Hannah G. rated it it was amazing
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
Emily May
Apr 07, 2011 Emily May rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction

The problem with the Chicken Soup collection is that after the first one or two, they start to all seem the same. The quotes dispersed between stories/poems/whatever are repeated in nearly every book. Now, as a lover of a good quote, I find myself eager for some variation. Also, with the exception of Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover's Soul, the stories become very similar, it's just basically a hundred different variations of the same book.

None of them are bad, but one or two is sufficient.

Madison Gill
Dec 17, 2012 Madison Gill rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Mar 29, 2015 Alaa rated it it was amazing
I can't even begin to describe how much this book helped me when I was 14, at the age when I was going through school problems. It's just stories of other teenagers and how they tackled their problems. It makes you feel less lonely and very inspired by friendship. I would recommend this to any young teenage boy/girl.
Jun 07, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this book. I picked it up because I'm interested in psychology and I thought this would be an interesting read. Also, I've had my fair share of ups and downs so I wanted something that would enlighten me with a new perspective.

But the stories were all so narrow in range; they seemed to take a very conservative, closed viewpoint in that there was never any mention of drug abuse, ex-prisoners, people who had dropped out of school and had been successful, or homosexu
Gabriella Steele
Oct 19, 2014 Gabriella Steele rated it it was ok
The book, chicken soup for the teenage soul by Jack Canfield tells about the life of a teenager. Such as, what they go through, and what the most important things in life are. The characters are very credible in this story because many people in the real world can relate to them. In this novel I can’t really say that there is a main character but, one of the saddest stories that I read, in my opinion was the one that was called,”Gold-medal winner” this was about a boy who had an illness and it c ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Nezzo rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2011 Jamaica rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Apr 21, 2010 Carroll rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-i-read
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
Jun 14, 2012 Kelsie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chicken Noodle Soup for the Teenage Soul is considered to be Young Adult Literature Non-fiction.

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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
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
Jun 06, 2013 Gabriela rated it really liked it
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
Emily Tonge
May 28, 2012 Emily Tonge rated it it was amazing
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
Julianna Martinez
Jan 16, 2013 Julianna Martinez rated it really liked it
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Author: Ariel Chu
Pages: Short Story
Genre: Fiction
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Exposition (4-6 sentences)
The main character sees that everyone has changed. Friendship goes away. The memories are still there and they are going to stay.

Conflict: (4-6 sentences)
She thinks she is not cool enough to be with her best friend. Her friend started ignoring her. Her friend thinks that she doesn’t get it. She says she has no idea what her life is lik
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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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