Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II Author:Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger According to the introduction, overwhelming requests from readers of previous Chicken Soup editions and voluminous submissions of other teens' personal stories inspired this newest offering. No doubt, the series' New York Times best seller status and impressive library circulation were added incentives. Like many inspirational books from multipl... more »e (mostly non-professional) writers, Soul II's selections vary in quality. Some stories in each of the eight thematically organized sections are truly poignant and masterfully written. Others, though sincere, seem trite and melodramatic. Yet even the essays likely to make adult readers cringe share youthful insights that will resonate with truth for many teens. More important, in every case the editors remain true to their promise to take the teen reader on "a journey of becoming your best self." Besides the brief essays that make up the bulk of the text, poems, cartoons, and quotations add variety to the reading.-- Roger Leslie, Booklist« less
The stories in this book range across the spectrum, from interesting to depressing, enlightening to laugh-out-loud. But all the stories involve on that one thing everyone needs in their lives: hope. This book is great teenagers (and adults that have to live with them) because it involves situations they have to deal with in their lives. With sections on relationships, friendship, family, learning life lessons, and making a difference, just to name a few, this uplifting book isn't a lecture on what to do. Instead, it's full of stories written by teens for teens on how to get the most out of your life.