Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal Friends: Best, Worst, Old, New, Lost, False, True and More [NOOK Book]


Friends. You gotta have ’em, but sometimes they drive you crazy. You love ’em, but sometimes they make you mad. They'’l help you through a crisis … unless they are the crisis. So what’s the deal?? Friends are more than just the people you hang out with. They make you laugh, they keep your secrets, they offer advice (some good, some bad), they give you a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes they move away, or betray your trust, or flake out, but mostly they are the people who are always there for you. And they ...
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Friends. You gotta have ’em, but sometimes they drive you crazy. You love ’em, but sometimes they make you mad. They'’l help you through a crisis … unless they are the crisis. So what’s the deal?? Friends are more than just the people you hang out with. They make you laugh, they keep your secrets, they offer advice (some good, some bad), they give you a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes they move away, or betray your trust, or flake out, but mostly they are the people who are always there for you. And they know you'll be there when they need you most. Because that’s what it means to be a friend. Sometimes friendship is overwhelming, sometimes it’s confusing, sometimes you feel like you don’t have a friend in the world, but don’t worry, it’s like that for everyone. That’s what the stories in this book are all about. They’re from real teens, and they’re about the bizarre, difficult, and wonderful things that really happened to them and their friends. Put that together with weird facts, cool graphics, fun advice, and quizzes designed to help you figure out what you and your friends are all about, and you’ve got the real deal on friendship!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453279595
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 851,417
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 730 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Deborah Reber, a former children’s television executive, is a young adult author who specializes in collaborative work. She resides in Seattle, Washington. 
Jack Canfield is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Mark Victor Hansen is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.


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."

Good To Know

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:

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Chapter 1

What Is a Friend?

What does friendship mean to you? When it comes to defining friendship, words like loyalty and trust come to mind. So do honesty, reliability and respect . Friends are the people who stick with us through thick and thin. The ones who see us at our very worst and don't think about us any differently. They know how to make us laugh and what to do when we cry. This chapter takes a look at what makes these special relationships so important in our lives.

When I was about four years old, I got separated from my mom while grocery shopping. No doubt I wandered off to my favorite section—the Tasty Kakes aisle—and the next thing I knew, Mom was nowhere in sight. I became frantic. Eyes wide and heart racing, I starting rushing through the aisles in desperate search of my mom's capri pants, flowered blouse and signature horn-rimmed glasses.

The relief I felt when I finally spotted her was overwhelming. Life was good. Life would go on. Everything was as it should be. It's amazing how the very glimpse of someone familiar and loving can have such an incredible effect.

The First Day

T he long hallway stretches before my feet. Lockers of royal blue line the walls. Unfamiliar faces dart in and out of the open doors, ignoring me. I shift my bag on my shoulder and look straight ahead.

I think I see a familiar face at the far end of the long hall. Unfortunately, the image passes by, and I cannot see the face any longer. The clock on the side of the wall blares the first bell. I frantically look for some sign of help. None is there.

I tuck my blonde hair behind my ear and straighten my jacket,trying to gain some form of confidence. Shakily, I pull my class schedule from my pocket. Searching over the wrinkled paper, I find the locker number printed in big bold letters: 131. Taking a deep breath, I shuffle into the hallway. The immediate rush of hot air mixed with cologne fills my nose, making it burn.

I look at the locker next to me: number 300. My locker will be at the other end of the hall. Sighing, I continue onward. A group of tall boys wearing honor jackets zooms by, their hair slicked back. As they strut past me, I continue to saunter down the never-ending hallway, trying to ignore them. A pair of gangster wannabes hits me in the shoulder. The taller one turns toward me as they walk away. He begins to chuckle to himself because he knows who I am. I'm the freshman.

Shaking it off, I stride past a group of senior girls. They are dabbing on the final touches of makeup and lip-gloss. I find myself laughing at their ditzy ways, wondering what drives them to be so . . . pink?

I'm more confident now as I pass locker number 200. I've seen so many different cliques by now that I know a little more of what to expect. But as I walk toward my destination, I find that I am missing something that all these people seem to have in common. They have somebody with them. And I am standing in the center of the high school hallway alone.

I dash past another group of students. My locker is now in sight. Shoving the bag inside locker 131, I search for someone I know. I see two kids from my classes last year. I wave, and they return the gesture, but without much enthusiasm, and continue to walk past me. Frantically, I search the passing faces, pleading for some sign of recognition.

I glance down the hall the same way I had come. There at the end I see them, all spread out and looking lost. I smile to myself as I see their worried faces. I notice my best friend is not with them and wonder where she could be. Not seeing her, I continue to wait for my lost friends to find their way to me. I begin to laugh out loud as a group of seniors strides by.

Someone lightly taps my shoulder, and I turn to see who it is. My best friend stands there looking at me with amusement. I smile, relieved to see someone familiar. She laughs as I point to our lost friends, but she's not laughing at our friends; she's laughing at me. I ask her what's so funny, and she says simply, 'I guarantee it, pal, you look much worse than they do.'

I smile and have to agree. There are experiences in our lives that should be shared with other people, and the first day of school is one of them. I am grateful I have friends who can be with me through these adventures. That's what friends are for.

Clara Waddell, age 16

The theme song from Friends . The smell of chocolate-chip cookies baking in an oven on a winter day. The soft white fur on my dog's ears. A package of slightly stale pink bunny Peeps™. For me, all of these things bring me comfort and happiness, not unlike a good friend.

Of course, friends bring much more to us than a good laugh or warmth in our tummies, or even the ability to spur on a sugar-induced spaz attack. The author of the following poem thinks so, too. She's come up with the perfect recipe for a friend, and this is one recipe you won't find in The Joy of Cooking.

Friendship Soup

Like tomato soup, only

Better, more

Satisfying, and

Good for your soul.

All you need is a can of love,

Opened with a smile,

Poured into a bowl of good environment and similar interests,

Mixed with: a

Cup of compliments,

3 cups of talking,

5 cups of time together—

House visits,

Two teaspoons of helpfulness,

Three trials of dependability,

(At least two 'come-throughs'),

Shoulder cry-ons,

A gallon of hugs,

3 tons of encouragement,

Nix the envy,

And don't forget—a

Pinch of nuttiness.

Omenka Uchendu, age 14

©2005. Clara Waddell and Omenka Uchendu. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul : The Real Deal Friends by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Deborah Reber. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Ah-mazing stories!!

    I read this book a while back, when I had the book in paper form. But then I lost it. But I remember each story vividly. I especially rember the one about the Telephone Directory. I am wanting to buy this book as NOOK form, but do not have the money. Considering I'm eleven, and broke. :) But even though I'm eleven, I understand each story and cry/ laugh with each passing page. So I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is having a problem with their friends or are just looking for a great read. Posted By: MistyRose

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    The Real Deal Review

    When I first bought this book I knew it was going to be a good one, and as soon as I got home I got down to it. I finished it in two days because it was such a good read. This book has real life stories about peoples lives, and they connected so much to me. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal will make you feel better about whats going on in your life with every new chapter. The book really can't have a summary because there are so many stories, and what I liked best about the book is you don't really know what to expect. I got really surprised when something really out of the ordinary happened. There are really good lessons in the book and I've learned from them. Like friends are more than people that you hang out with on the weekend, they are like family. Friends keep your secrets, make you laugh, offer advice, and give ou a shoulder to cry on. This book will make you feel good about yourself and give you some funny, sad, and life changing advice along the reading. The book is also a good way to learn some facts, there are little graphics, fun facts, and quizes to do in every chapter that made the reading fun. I thought the book was excellent and really hope that you can read it as soon as possible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

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    I was having problems with my friends when I bought this. It caught my eye at my school's book fair. I read it and loved it. The stories are cool, and some are very touching. Plus, the quizzes and random facts on each page make the book enjoyable. It taught me how to deal with some of my friendship problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2005

    An truly inspiring book...

    I was having difficult times with my friend. Reading about everyone else's tough times and how they persevered through it granted me so much confidence in my decisions. I whip this book out whenever I need advice, it's amazing.

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