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VOYAThis Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series entry has a new look and it is called "The Real Deal." Unlike other series books, the essays are written by teenagers "just like you." Bright blue quizzes, trivia, journaling tips, and poetry perk up the volume, and it is illustrated with the sort of graphics found doodled in notebooks. The collection's theme is school, and all of the issues are included-popularity, relationships, dealing with adults, being outcast. Some serious topics are touched on, such as cutting, school violence, and substance abuse, but the stories are mostly traditional feel-good fare, ranging from the blandly moralistic in Behind the Scenes of Two Teen Queens to the inspirational in Out to the outright tear-jerking Derek. Each essay is introduced by the primary editor, who shares things that she wished she had known in high school. This approach can be condescending and seems unnecessary in a volume that boasts of being by teens for teens. The binding on the book is awful; pages come loose immediately. The color chosen for the extras, although blue, gives the book a "girly" feel. Still teens, especially the younger set, will love filling in the questionnaires and quizzes, and the volume is sure to follow its predecessors in flying off shelves. VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Health Communications, 292p.; Illus. Appendix., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.