Chicken Soup for the Girl's Soul: Real Stories by Real Girls About Real Stuff

Chicken Soup for the Girl's Soul: Real Stories by Real Girls About Real Stuff

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Irene Dunlap

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From Barbies to your first bra, from holding your teddy bear to slowdancing with your first boyfriend, from knowing everyone in elementary school to trying to make new friends in middle school. . . . When dealing with these changes, it's no wonder preteen girls can freak out from time to time.  See more details below


From Barbies to your first bra, from holding your teddy bear to slowdancing with your first boyfriend, from knowing everyone in elementary school to trying to make new friends in middle school. . . . When dealing with these changes, it's no wonder preteen girls can freak out from time to time.

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"One Day You'll Look Back on This . . ."

I've learned to take time for myself and to treat
myself with a great deal of love and respect
'cause I like me. . . . I think I'm kind of cool.

Whoopi Goldberg

"I can't go to school like this!" I wailed as I stared into
my mirror, hating my face, my body and life in general. A
river of salty tears traced a path down my cheeks.
Summoned from the kitchen by my shrieking, my mother
appeared at my side a second later.

"What's the problem?" she asked patiently.

"Everything . . . just everything!" I complained and continued
to stare horrified into the mirror.

At almost thirteen, the problems that I felt I had were
overwhelming. I had a hideous new crop of angry, red
pimples that had erupted on my forehead and chin
overnight—every night. My hair suddenly looked greasy
all the time, even though I washed it every second day. My
aching tummy signaled that my newfound "friend" was
about to visit once again, causing my jeans to fit too snugly
and make me appear as though I had been eating nothing
but hot fudge sundaes. And to top it off, my chewed-up
fingernails were torn and bloody, since biting them
seemed to go along with the way I worried about how other
people perceived me. But everything that was bothering
me wasn't just on the surface—I also had a broken heart.

The guy I had been going out with had recently dumped
me in favor of an older, more developed girl. Everything
combined, I was a physical and emotional wreck.

"Come on, now, Honey. Try not to cry," my mother said
with a smile. "I remember what it was like to be your age.
It was awkward and frustrating, and I got my heart
stomped on, too, but I came through it—and so will you!
It's not as bad as you think, and once you get to school
with all your friends, you'll forget all about your pimples
and what's-his-name, and one day you'll look back on this
and wonder why you were ever so upset."

Convinced that she didn't know what she was talking
about, I gave her a dirty look and headed off for school,
greeting my girlfriends on the sidewalk while my mother
waved encouragingly from the front door. Later, as much
as I hated to admit it, I found out that my mother was
right. As I spent time with my friends who were going
through the same things that I was, my mind wasn't on
my troubles anymore, and soon I was laughing.

When I returned home later that day, I was in a much
better mood and because I had put my best foot forward,
my mother rewarded me with a bag of goodies she had
purchased from the drugstore. On my bed was a bag that
included shampoo and conditioner, some acne medication,
a gift certificate to a hair salon and, surprisingly,
some hot, new shades of nail polish.

"What on earth is this?" I asked bewildered, thinking
that my mother had to be out of her mind if she thought
I was going to flaunt my gnarled nails.

As it turned out, she had a plan. I thought that it was
cruel at the time, yet it turned out to be highly effective. I
wasn't allowed to have any of the stuff in the bag, nor was
I allowed to keep my ever-so-important stick of concealer.
The deal was that for each week that I didn't bite my
fingernails, one item of my choice would be returned to
me. Desperate to retrieve my makeup and to get my
hands on everything in the drugstore bag, I concentrated
heavily on my schoolwork, instead of biting my nails and
worrying about what people thought of me. Over the
next few weeks, I was thrilled to watch my nails grow. By
the time I earned the certificate to have my hair cut and
restyled, my nails were so long that my mother also
treated me to a manicure while we were at the salon. And
as time wore on, I began to see that I was getting through
the rough spot, just as she had promised I would.
I liked that I received so many compliments on my
hands and hair, but more than that, I was proud of myself
for sticking with the deal and improving myself in the
process—so proud, as a matter of fact, that I failed to notice
my acne slowly clearing up. And I couldn't have cared less
about what's-his-name. He quickly became a distant memory
as I began to date many different boys, some of whom
broke my heart and others whose hearts I broke.

Though it certainly wasn't my last acne outbreak, bad
hair day or crushed spirit, I did learn something. I will
hold with me forever my mother's words of wisdom:
"One day you'll look back on this and wonder why you
were ever so upset."

Years later, after several ups and downs in my life, I look
back and realize that I did come through it all and I am the
better for it. I only hope that if one day I have a daughter
who is experiencing the struggles of adolescence, I will be
as understanding, helpful and creative as my mother was
with me.

-Laurie Lonsdale

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Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Brief Biography

Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:
August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

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Chicken Soup for the Girl's Soul: Real Stories by Real Girls about Real Stuff 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
EliSSAlMS More than 1 year ago
As a 13 year old girl, his book shows what girls go through during their teen years. It may teach you lessons and touch you in a way that you feel like you are in their shoes. It could stop you from doing something bad that could lead you to bad consequences. Also it helps you make good choices when you have problems with your family, friends, boyfriends, and many other things. This book contains alot of story about girls that mostly all girls have benn through and it is really helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moms you should buy your daughter this book right away because it is the best book i have ever read.I have read it more then 5 times in the 2 years that I've had it.It will always remain in my library of books and forever stay as one of my favorite books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was outstanding! I used it as my survival guide. Whenever something happend to me i would find a story that relates to my problem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome! Its sad, its funny, and its inspiring! I totally recomend it for anyone who wants to understand more about being a girl! Being a girl is awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good for pre teens or teenagers it connects with them and issues they might have Great book must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt get it on the nook but i do have it and being thirteen it really helped me with all the things that are happening right now. I love all the stories and i have read it two times already some of the stories made me laugh and others made me cry like losing someone close because that happemd to me too. I hope more girls my age get this book too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book good? Plez answer with same title
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it had a lot of great storys in it I am 11 years old and I would recomend this to any girl. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I myself going throgh it this book really helpped me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Chicken Noodle soup for the girls soul is a very great book.o
Rebecca Lubbert More than 1 year ago
It can o either way. An incredible and reassuring book for girls old enough. But i the reader is younger than about 9 years old, it could make them nervous d scared of growing up. But as soon as you are a suitable age, this is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book i have ever read.It even has comics and there are real stories about things that girls are having trouble with such as friends familey members and even boys... but i dont want to give all away
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be read by all girls no matter the age. It helps show that even though you might feel like your the only one going through what you're going through, you are not alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome sample!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and recomend it for girls 9-13. This is truly the best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's realy good and every pre-teen should get it!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a fabulous read! Some of the stories were funny, but most of them made me cry. I had never imagined how many people had lost, friends, parents, and practically their own lives. This book really showed me how much of an impact on someone elses life you can have. I seriously suggest reading this just to help you remember how lucky you are to have everything you have. Althought this was an amazing book, I would not recommend it for anyone under eleven. Some of the stories are very emotional (depressing) and scary. But even still, any pre teen, tween or even teen girl will benefit from reading this book. This book is a great way for any girl to learn about her changing body, and how to deal with almost everything from a friends death, to eating disorders, to bullying, to the death of a family mamber. It also has girl-written tips for dating, which might not be approppriate for younger readers. Over all, this book is a greaat read for ages eleven up, but should'nt be taken lightly. (Parents, you might want to read it first) So, enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book for teen/preteen girls! With real life stories on a variety of subjects, this will make you laugh, cry, dream, and ponder. Sit down and read for an afternoon, or flip through when you're feeling down. (And it makes great reading material for a day in the airport, on and off planes, and sitting on public buses. I'll never regret bringing it along that day!) Seriously, though, this Chicken Soup is a must on every young woman's reading list. You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great and the people who keep talking bout wex need to shut up they r wayyyyyyyy to young for it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was great. All the stories were about learing and helps other girls learn from their mistakes. While it does say 'Girls', I would catagorize it more for girls 8-13 because some of the stories are not made for little 5 year olds. For example, one or two stories includes the words 'breasts', and 'boobs'. This should not be read by little children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome! It really helped with some problems of my own. If you have problems with boys, school, friends, family or more, this book is fot you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul is great for all preteen girls that are having problems in their life and to let them know that they are not the only one in a embarssing or hard suatition!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very enjoyable n fun soo have fun reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have gone through many hard times with my friends and family and myself!this book really gave me the hope and courage to seek God more and to believe in myself and others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago