Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Growing Up: Stories about Growing up, Meeting Challenges, and Learning from Life

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This book supports and inspires teenagers as they grow up, and reminds them they are not alone, as they read stories written by other teens just like themselves, about the problems and issues they face every day.

Being a teenager is hard - school is challenging, colleges or careers are looming on the horizon, family issues arise, friends and love come and go, bodies and emotions go through major changes, and many teens experience the loss of a loved one for the first time. This ...

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This book supports and inspires teenagers as they grow up, and reminds them they are not alone, as they read stories written by other teens just like themselves, about the problems and issues they face every day.

Being a teenager is hard - school is challenging, colleges or careers are looming on the horizon, family issues arise, friends and love come and go, bodies and emotions go through major changes, and many teens experience the loss of a loved one for the first time. This book supports and inspires teenagers as they grow up, and reminds them they are not alone, as they read stories written by other teens just like themselves, about the problems and issues they face every day.

The first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published in 1993, and became a publishing industry sensation, ultimately selling eight million copies. The company went on to publish more than 150 Chicken Soup titles, selling more than 100 million copies, and becoming a household name.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has won dozens of awards over the past 15 years, and its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have become celebrity motivational speakers and authors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096016
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 512,336
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the SoulĀ® 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.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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

Table of Contents

A Special Foreword   Jack Canfield   Mark Victor Hansen     xi
Introduction - A Letter from a Reader
Common Ground   Megan Narcini     xv
Being a True Friend
Getting It Right   Molly Noble Bull     1
Understanding Jenny   Cynthia M. Hamond     4
A House is Not a Home   Zan Gaudioso     8
We Promised   Rachel A. Stern     13
The Birth of an Adult   Jonathan Krasnoff     15
What Goes Around Comes Around   Dan Clark     21
My Guardian Angel   Meghan O'Brien     24
A Healed Heart   Jackie Johnstone     28
Self-Acceptance and Self-Discovery
Blizzards and Sweater Vests   Esther Sooter     35
My Worst Enemy   Emily Starr     38
Kissing the Bully   Lia Gay     41
I Am Loni   Loni Taylor$das told to Cynthia Hamond     44
Perfection   Brittany Steward     49
Losing Becky   Gwynne Garfinkle     51
Like Water   Jean Huang     54
Happiness from Within   Dianna McGill     57
Why I Have to Take U.S. History Again   Tal Vigderson     60
The Party That Lasted a Lifetime   Leigh Hughes     65
Image Isn't Everything   Jamie Shockley     70
What One Boy Can Show a Girl   Sarah Erdmann     73
Whatever I Want to Be   Renee Tanner     76
Accepting Others
An A for Mrs. B   Karina Snow     81
The Slam Book   Barbara J. Ragsdale     84
My Best Friend Mike   Brian Leykum     87
The Dark Gift   Kent Nerburn     89
A Lesson for Life   Medard Laz     92
Terri Jackson   Sydney Fox     94
Thirty Cents Worth   Trish E. Calvarese     97
Adult Teeth   Leah Browning     99
Respecting Others   Jennifer Lirette     102
Doing The Right Thing
The Graduation Dance   Linda Chiara     107
How Much Does It Cost?   Margaret Hill     110
Another Statistic   Amanda Parmenter     114
Dear John   Cynthia M. Hamond     117
My Most Embarrassing Moment   Rochelle Pennington     120
Deep Inside   Stephanie Ives      124
Mary Lou   Lynne Zielinski     126
Making Sarah Cry   Cheryl L. Costello-Forshey     128
Never Cool Enough   Natalie Ver Woert     132
China's Story   Libby Barnes     137
Learning the Hard Way   Kim Lowery     141
The Crash   Elizabeth Young     143
Insights and Lessons Learned
Courage   Ruth Ann Supica     149
Illusion of Perfection   Alicia A. Vasquez     152
Sweet Lies   Laura Gene Beck     154
I'm Sorry...   Teal Henderson     158
The Long Road Home   Lia Gay     160
Perfection Is Just an Illusion   Valentina Cucuzza     163
Firmer Ground   Diana Chapman     165
Minutes Like Hours   Vidhya Chandrasekaran     168
So Afraid to Change   Chris Sullivan     171
Have You Ever   Tiffany Blevins     175
The Need for Speed   James D. Barron     177
Declaration of Humanhood   Michelle Bouchard     180
Family Ties
A Young Man's Odyssey   Calvin Louis Fudge     185
The Sound of My Father's Voice   Dinaw Mengestu     190
Just Like Always   Lorena O'Conner     194
New Beginnings   Sara Ronis     197
I Learned the Truth at Thirteen   Carol Ayer     199
The Big Tree   Garth Gilchrist     201
My Amazing Brother   Carrie O'Maley     204
Not Just for Girls Anymore!   Diane Sonntag     207
The Man My Father Was   Kristine Flaherty     209
Bike Ride   Esther Young     212
My Grandma Told Stories   William Elliott     215
The Doctor's Son   Harold Eppley   Rochelle Melander     218
Special Memories
Second Kind of Mind   JeVon Thompson     225
No More What Ifs   Chance Margheim     228
My Fundillo (All the Wrong Places)   Michele Carlo     231
Coffee Shop Kindness   Christine Walsh     235
Going Home on the D Train   Simone McLaughlin     238
I Could Be Hauling Water   Sondra Clark     241
Bloopers from College   Richard Lederer     244
Overcoming Obstacles
Struggle of a Preteen Couch Potato    Katelynn M. Wilton     251
Out   Aubrey Restifo     254
Applying Myself   C. S. Dweck     257
Andy   Scott T. Barsotti     261
A Challenge That I Overcame   Arundel Hartman Bell     263
Numb   Jessica Dubose     265
Oxygen Is a Crutch   Julia Lam     266
Pay Attention   Dan Clark     268
When I Get Out   Lisa McKinney     270
Reaching for the Stars
Head Butting the Wall   Mike Vallely     274
Girl Power   Araz Garakanlan     278
Never Say Quit   Bob Hoppenstedt     282
Something Unbelievable   Mary Spio     287
A Better Message   Carol Grace Anderson     292
The Neighbor Lady   Michael McClelland     294
Joe Camel   Meladee McCarty     299
Winners Never Quit   Lisa Nichols     301
I Won't Be Left Behind   Sarah Nachtmann     304
Making a Difference
The Greatest Audience   Greg Faherty     309
Black Jellybeans   Dorian Solot     313
The Seal    Diane C. Nicholson     316
Small Girl Learns a Big Lesson   Dallas Woodburn     319
My Lollipop   Andrea Mendez     323
Food from the 'Hood   Jaynell Grayson     327
The Power of a Smile   Susan Record     331
Just Being There   Patrick Seitz     333
The Yellow Birds   Karen Garrison     336
More Chicken Soup for Teenagers     345
Who is Jack Canfield?     351
Who is Mark Victor Hansen?     355
Who is Amy Newmark?     359
Acknowledgments     363
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    She stands in front of him and smiles. Thanks. She reaches over and locks the door.

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    Posted November 26, 2012


    I think you shuld get the book now so you can just go back to it and read it when you need it

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    Posted March 4, 2012


    I believe that you should get the sample book because you will be a teen soon and you may need the advice later

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    Posted January 15, 2012

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    Question: Even though im not a teen, im still a preteen. So, do you guys think i should still get at least the sample of the book?

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    It was a good book

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