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When I was five years old, I took an extreme liking to my sisterÆs toys. It made little difference that I had a trunk overflowing with dolls and toys of my own. Her ôbig girlö treasures were much easier to break, and much more appealing. Likewise, when I was ten and she was twelve, the earrings and make-up that she was slowly being permitted to experiment with held my attention, while my former obsession with catching bugs seemed to be a distant and fading memory.
It was a trend that continued year by year and, except for a few bruises and threats of terrifying ôhaircutsö while I was sleeping, one that my sister handled with tolerance. My mother continually reminded her, as I entered junior high wearing her new hair clips, that it was actually a compliment to her sense of style. She told her, as I started my first day of high school wearing her clothes, that one day she would laugh and remind me of how she was always the cooler of the two of us.
I had always thought that my sister had good taste, but never more than when she started bringing home guys. I had a constant parade of sixteen-year-old boys going through my house, stuffing themselves with food in the kitchen, or playing basketball on the driveway.
I had recently become very aware that boys, in fact, werenÆt as ôickyö as I had previously thought, and that maybe their cooties werenÆt such a terrible thing to catch after all. But the freshman guys who were my age, whom I had spent months giggling over at football games with my friends, suddenly seemed so young. They couldnÆt drive and they didnÆt wear varsity jackets. My sisterÆs friends were tall, they were funny, and even though my sister was persistent in getting rid of me quickly, they were always nice to me as she pushed me out the door.
Every once in a while I would luck out, and they would stop by when she wasnÆt home. One in particular would have long conversations with me before leaving to do whatever sixteen-year-old boys did (it was still a mystery to me). He talked to me as he talked to everyone else, not like a kid, not like his friendÆs little sister . . . and he always hugged me good-bye before he left.
It wasnÆt surprising that before long I was positively giddy about him. My friends told me I had no chance with a junior. My sister looked concerned for my potentially broken heart. But you canÆt help who it is that you fall in love with, whether they are older or younger, taller or shorter, completely opposite or just like you. Emotion ran me over like a Mack truck when I was with him, and I knew that it was too late to try to be sensible—I was in love.
It did not mean I didnÆt realize the possibility of being rejected. I knew that I was taking a big chance with my feelings and pride. If I didnÆt give him my heart there was no possibility that he would break it . . . but there was also no chance that he might not.
One night before he left, we sat on my front porch talking and looking for stars as they became visible. He looked at me quite seriously and asked me if I believed in wishing on stars. Surprised, but just as serious, I told him I had never tried.
ôWell, then itÆs time you start,ö he said, and pointed to the sky. ôPick one out and wish for whatever you want the most.ö I looked and picked out the brightest star I could find. I squeezed my eyes shut and with what felt like an entire colony of butterflies in my stomach, I wished for courage. I opened my eyes and saw him smiling as he watched my tremendous wishing effort. He asked what I had wished for, and when I replied, he looked puzzled. ôCourage? For what?ö he questioned.
I took one last deep breath and replied, ôTo do this.ö And I kissed him—all driverÆs-license-holding, varsity- jacket-wearing, sixteen years of him. It was bravery I didnÆt know I had, strength I owed completely to my heart, which gave up on my mind and took over.
When I pulled back, I saw the astonished look in his face, a look that turned into a smile and then laughter. After searching for something to say for what seemed to me like hours, he took my hand and said, ôWell, I guess weÆre lucky tonight. Both our wishes came true.ö
¬1998 Kelly Garnett. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II; by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Kimberly Kirberger. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
Posted October 16, 2006
The chicken soup series is one of the best book series.There is atleast one for everyreader from kids to adults
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Posted October 6, 2006
Danielle Dahl Block: 7 10-06-06 Chicken Soup In past years many other Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been released. My favorite so far has been specifically made for teenagers, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. This book is about all kinds of stuff from love and relationships to growing up and learning lessons. Teenagers from all around the world write into the Chicken soup headquarters with stories about their very own lives, that have touched them or made them a different person in hopes that they could touch someone else in return. The Book jumps around with an assortment of different themes and messages in hand. With so many short stories and ambitions to cover the book really hits home. As a teenager reading this book it really kept me reading and interested. It talks a lot about things that not only I was going through but also so many others. Whether it being purely about teenage love, relationships or growing up, it came all the way to family issues and making a difference in your life or someone else¿s. It really was written solely with teenagers in mind. I know that as a new reader I will forever suggest this book to my peers in hope that in return they appreciate the stories just as I did. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, will be at the top of my bookshelf for years to come and I will go back and read it many times. It really gets a 10 in my book.
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Posted May 11, 2005
chicken soup for the teenage soul 2 is one of the best books i've ever read! it helps me with my problems by giving you helpful advice in the mini stories that are written by teens. it helps you understand that people love you no matter what, and it teaches you that you should be helpful, kind, and thoughtful. i love this book! i definently recomend this great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 3, 2003
Great Book! All of the stories were touching and easy to read. I could not pick one favorite because they were all first place winners. I encourage parents and teens both to read this book...you won't regret it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 11, 2002
This book would make you cry,laugh,and smile. This book made me feel better about myself. To all teens if you have had a problem about life,and love.This is coming from a teen read the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2002
This book taught me a-lot of good lessons. It was awesome. All of the little short stories were so heart warming and funny. The way the authors put the book together is totally effective and easy to read. I recommend this book to everyone- even if they aren't teenagers!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2002
This book is a good thing for teens who think they are the only ones who have problmes.When I read this book I cried & enjoyed it at the sametime! I really really encorage Teens to read this book & think how it relates to you in your every day life!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2002
Posted March 13, 2002
I think that Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 2 is a wonderful book because it is very heartfelt and touching. I encourage everybody to read this book and see that everyone has problems and that you arent alone. this book teaches you alot about life. I loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2001
I think this was one of the best books ever writen it gives all the teenagers with thoughts in their heads like, 'is this only happening to me?' or 'Why am i the only one with this problem?' the truth that they're not alone in this world and that a lot of teens have these thoughts and feelings. ITS A VERY TOUCHING BOOK AND I HOPE YOU BUY IT OR AT LEAST READ IT OR GET IT FROM A LIBRARY. IT WILL TRUELY TOUCH YOUR HEART!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2001
I think that the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul was so cool! Sometimes I would think I was all alone but now I know that I am not alone , and that no one is alone because everyday things happen to everyday people so you if feel like you are alone, don't because God will always be there and so will other people. I would recomend this book to teenagers that are really really mature.Cause this book is really really good!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2001
I would say that this one of the greatest books ever made. Even though I have read it from front to end each story has a lesson, and usually 1out of 10 it will have something to do with our everday life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2001
I believe that this book was one of the greatest books I have read in a long time. It's hard to imagine that there are other people in this world that have gone through some of the same stuff. Its nice to know that your not alone. This is a great book to read. It will help you realize that lifes not easy and perfect. I suggest that teens read this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2001