Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III: More Stories of Life, Love and Learning

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III: More Stories of Life, Love and Learning

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger

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The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series promises more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers.  See more details below


The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series promises more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers.

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This third volume in the popular Chicken Soup series for teenagers is a collection of more than one hundred inspirational stories, poems, and cartoons organized into nine categories. Entries address relationships, friendship, family, lessons, tough stuff, overcoming obstacles, self-discovery, growing up, and the power of love. More than half of the pieces are teen-written. The quality of the writing varies, but a clear teenage voice is evident in most selections. Many are melodramatic but nonetheless produce an emotional response—tears more frequently than laughter. The categories are selected appropriately. Love, family, and self-discovery are universal issues with which teenagers struggle. Although some stories are light, most are deeply serious—dealing with the death of a parent, a heterosexual teen's discovery that his best friend is not, divorce, and the emotional trauma of bullying and being bullied. Some readers might be frustrated with the stories. Most writers succeed in describing problems but are less successful dealing with resolutions, resorting to the "and then I suddenly realized" formula but failing to demonstrate how their realization came about. Nevertheless other teens might read these selections and draw support from the recognition that they are not alone in their struggles. A list of contributors and contact information for many is provided as well as a list of organizations specializing in teenage issues. Consider purchasing this book for collections that do not include a previous volume. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P M J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Health Communications Inc., 389p, and Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Mary E. Heslin VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
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Gr 5-9-Fans of Chicken Soup are invited back for a third helping with this abridged version of the book (Health Communications, 2000). Storytelling is done by teen narrators David Kaufman, Ashley Peldon, and Kimberly Kirberger. The topics of the stories range from boys to bullies to bulimia. Most of them focus on teen concerns. The use of young narrators helps to give each story a sense of reality that should connect with many young adults. Using different voices for the title, a quote, and then the text of each story causes a little confusion at the beginning of each story. Purchase where the series is popular.-Todd Dunkelberg, Deschutes Public Library System, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Friends are treasures.
Horace Bruns

We both lie sideways on her bed, the screen door slapping open and shut with the California breeze. We thumb through fashion magazines, laughing at the hairstyles and smelling the perfume samples. It seems like any other Sunday between girlfriends; laughter filling the room, a half-eaten carton of cookies between the two of us. This was my Sunday afternoon ritual, the two of us and our magazines, and from the time I was twelve, I lived for these afternoons. She was my friend, but more than that, she was a safe place, an unconditional love, and she was an adult.

I had known Kim most of my life. For the first ten years of my life, Kim wasn't one of the closest adults in my life, but her husband John doted on me and was one of the only "grown-ups" to understand my fearless and abundant energy.

When I was twelve, I moved to Los Angeles to live with my father. Kim and John also lived nearby, and soon after my move, I began spending time at their home. Kim was fun; she liked to laugh and talk about boys. She listened to me while I talked about my crushes and fights with my family. She spoke to me as an equal, as a friend, not a child.

As I grew older, these visits became more important. I would cry over heartbreaks and whine about the latest rejection. The gap in age between us stayed the same, but the space between us grew closer. I called her with secrets, which she kept, and went to her when I couldn't handle my world for a while.

I think my parents went through periods of jealousy and hurt regarding Kim and our friendship, because they wished they could be the ones to whom I came with my stories. I had reached an age where it was harder to relate to my parents, but I still needed guidance. Kim offered that guidance; she didn't force-feed it.

Soon I was sixteen, and things began to change. I sunk into sadness, and I was slipping away from everyone, including Kim. I was taken to the hospital after swallowing a bottle of pain medication, and there, without question, was Kim. She was two hours away when the call came, and she showed up at the hospital with hair things and, of course, magazines. We didn't talk about the incident, but when she pulled my hair up for me, I saw in her eyes true fear and heartache. She used to say to me, "You wouldn't want to spend so much time with me if I really was your mom." I didn't understand those words until that day when she offered me the feeling of love without obligation. She wasn't my mom; she wasn't obligated to love me, she just did.

After my suicide attempt, things between us, though unspoken, began to change. I stopped spending Sunday afternoons at her house. I called, but not as often. I didn't feel good about myself, so I couldn't feel good about our friendship. I figured I had grown up and that we had just grown apart. Like any normal friendship, it had transformed, and I believed that I no longer needed Kim or the friendship.

The summer before I left for college, I went to say good-bye to Kim. Though we hadn't been as close for the last two years, we both cried when I left. I walked down the walkway from her house, and she called out from the kitchen window, "Call me if you need anything." I knew she meant that.

My first semester was hard. I was far from home, a little lonely, and things began to swing back down for me. With pure instinct, I picked up the phone. It was late. Kim picked up the phone, and I asked, "Were you sleeping?" She replied, "Yes, but it's okay. What's wrong? What do you need?" What I needed was Kim. I needed to hear her voice, and feel that California breeze in her back bedroom. I needed to tell her that our friendship had finally surpassed the age gap.

We talked about once a week after that, every Sunday afternoon. I called with the stress of my finals and with my newest boy problem. When I returned home for the summer, I went to Kim's, and we read magazines and ate cookies. I had become an adult, what she had always been. When I was younger, she had related to me on a level that I needed at that time, and now she relates to me as an equal. She was right; things would have been different if she were my mom. I didn't need another mom. I had one. I needed exactly what she gave: love, unconditional. And because she wanted me in her life, not because she had to have me.

Lia Gay

(c)2000 Lia gay. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, 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.

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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III: More Stories of Life, Love and Learning 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book i would recommend it to anyone and to any age. it helped me go through a lot you should get this book i take it everywhere i go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book to read to someone that's younger. And the poems are god
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This book is a good book to read it talks about real things that us teenagers go through and it helps us to understand that other people go through it to, I really think it is an enjoyable book to read and you can learn alot from it.I hope that any one who reads it really enjoys it as much as I did
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At least 2 months ago, my father came to my room (i was crying) and bought me this book. Since he knows that i basiclly hate myself. This book made me more confinent than i ever was. I look foward to seeing more of these books
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Some party at a bedtime book.
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I think it's great it shows kids the way of life and love.I'm only twelve and I go to Kankakee Junoir High School in 7 grade and I love reading these kind of books.
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Qioko More than 1 year ago
This book is about family, life lessons& relationships. It tells you.... Well in family's telling you stories about siblings seeing the best in each other and getting to know them more, and to figure out why they fight. My favorite character is Sarah Bercot. I love her story "Dear Boy." It talks about what she expects in a guy, but she's not asking for to much, just don't hurt her, It's very interesting. My favorite quote is " I hope that you would make me laugh, take care of me if i get sick and be trustworthy. I liked this book because it's very interesting and you would never know what would happen next, or what the person would say. You should read this book because it would help you later & during life. Also they give good advise about the difficulty of life, about your crushes and how to love yourself.
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I have read the whole series of Chicken soup for the teenage soul, but I must say that Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 3 is by far the best out of all. This book helped me through when I was down. I never thought that a book would actaully relate to me in so many ways. There has been experiences that I have gone through,and reading this book helped me tremendously. This book actaully is great because all the stories are true, which in my perspective, makes the book even better. You may not think so, but this book gave me a new perspective on life. I would recommend this book to all teeagers who have had experiences of loss,family problems,eating disorders to friendship. I think mostly every person that I know that has read this book thought it was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE these books. This one is the BEST. My favorite story is on Page 7 --- it's by Harlan Cohen. I used to hate Valentine's Day, but not anymore.