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From Barnes & NobleFrom the team that launched the highly popular and inspirational Chicken Soup series comes Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters, a collection of reactions from teens and others around the world who have read the various volumes of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. These heartfelt letters, stories, and poems invoke a wide range of feelings and reactions as the contributors speak out on topics that range from the tragic and melancholy to the celebratory and joyous. There is humor, pathos, wisdom, hindsight, pain, and passion -- all of it designed to inspire, inform, and instruct.
Here are amazing stories from teens who have overcome tremendous obstacles, including physical deformities, sexual abuse, drug addiction, incarceration, debilitating depression, and overwhelming grief. Some of the letters are pleas to others who are troubled or lost; some are words of gratitude expressed to those who have reached out, supported, or simply been there; and still others are expressions of grief from teens mourning the loss of friends and loved ones. The subject matter is sometimes lighthearted but more often gritty, and the issues raised range from things as complex as racism to the simple need to be loved.
The entries are loosely organized into sections that bear such titles as "Lessons Learned," "Sharing and Confiding," "On Giving Back," "Tough Stuff," and "Making a Difference." Many of the letters describe the incredible impact the Chicken Soup series has had on the contributor and/or someone they know. There are also letters from several organizations who work with and support teens. You only have to read a handful of these letters to realize the awesome power of this inspirational series, and while the Chicken Soup books may be, as one topic heading says, "Changing Lives One Story at a Time," this collection of letters is proof positive of its incredible snowball effect. (Beth Amos)