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Chicken Soup for the Teen Soul: Real-Life Stories by Real Teens (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – October 15, 2007

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About the Author

Co-creator of the national bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Stephanie H. Meyer and John Meyer are the founders and publishers of Teen Ink magazine, the national monthly magazine that has showcased works of more than 35,000 teens since 1989. Stephanie, editor of the magazine, holds master's degrees in education and social work. John, with an MBA, is the publisher of Teen Ink. For more information, visit www.TeenInk.com.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are cocreators of the national bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Life Stories

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments.  Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments, and to live each is to succeed.

 Corita Kent

 Losing Tyler

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.

 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

To the observer, we appear to be two average high-school students. He pores over a college guide, and I write my college application essay. Chewing on the end of my no. 2 pencil, I'm trying to think of words to live by. That's my topic.

My mind wanders, and so does my gaze, away from the blank page. I watch Tyler. His forehead creases slightly, and I know in a few seconds he'll snap his head slightly to the side to get his hair out of his face. Counting down—three, two, one . . . His head tosses back slightly to the left. It's mere habit now, since he cut his hair short months ago.

I also predict in a few seconds he'll swear in Gaelic. He does, and I laugh. It's one of those situations where you know the other person better than you know yourself. And, lately, I have found myself observing him more and more.

The expression on his face probably mirrors my own, our eyes filled with stress, frustration, and bewilderment. Where did the time go? Days seem to drag, but years pass quickly.

I rest my head in my hands and watch him. Words to live by still haven't come to me. I have known this person for twelve years. He's been my best friend since preschool; when I have a problem, I go right to him.

As I watch him, he coughs, and I worry. I almost ask him if he wants to go outside for some fresh air, but it was his idea to go to the library, so I say nothing. At first glance, he looks fine, perhaps a little tired. But I see the circles under his eyes and the holes he has punched in his belt because of the weight he's lost. That's the third new hole this month. Without looking up, he says, 'Stop staring at me.'

Without moving, I reply, 'I'm not.'
Once, when I was nine, I looked up cystic fibrosis in the dictionary: a common hereditary disease that appears in early childhood, involving generalized disorder of the exocrine glands, and a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes. As a nine-year-old, I was very confused. 'That's not what Tyler has,' I told my mother. 'He coughs a lot and doesn't like to eat. The doctors must be wrong.'

She just hugged me.

For almost as long as I can remember, Tyler has been sick. And it has always amazed me how positive he is. In turn, he's made me positive. I used to be convinced that a lung donor would show up, so sure the geneticists would find a miracle cure. But lately, as I watch him grow thinner and thinner, my positive feelings have turned into a facade, and I worry all the time.

I know he grows frustrated, too. Frustrated that he won't have the chance to do everything he wants to. Frustrated thinking he shouldn't go to college and waste his parents' money on an education he could die in the middle of.

Tyler's angry, too—at the world, at God, and, sometimes, even at me. After all, I'll get to do things he won't. But he would never admit this. In fact, he hides it well. Only I, who have known him so long, know these things.

I'm angry, too, but for selfish reasons. Soon, I'll have no one to talk to. No one will ever understand me the same way; I'm losing the best friend anyone could ever have. God is taking back the kindest, gentlest person I'll ever have the privilege of knowing.

And I still have to think of words to live by.
I feel a tear slide down the right side of my face, but make no move to wipe it away. I don't want him to look up and see me crying. I'm usually good at keeping in my tears, but he always knows.

He looks up. With his left thumb, he wipes away the tear and smiles at me—the same smile he gave me twelve years ago when he offered half a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich to the little girl across the table who had forgotten her lunch.

Tyler looks at the top of my blank page to where I have scrawled 'Words to Live By' and smiles again.
'Always remember, Lise, these words to live by: 'Our sincerest laughter with some pain is fraught'' [Percy B. Shelley].

 Lisa Gauches

©2008.  Lisa Gauches. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Teen Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Stephanie H. Meyer, John Meyer. 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.


Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; Reprint edition (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757306829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757306822
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,989,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I haven't read much of Chicken Soup before -- it never seemed like my kind of thing, I guess. But I've liked and been reading the Teen Ink magazine since the beginning of this year, and when this book came out I thought I'd give it a try.

First off, don't judge it for its looks or its title. No, seriously. The writing in here isn't "soupy" or sugar-coated, no matter how smiley the six teens on the cover look. Some of it gets pretty visceral; it's a book by teens with their experiences right now, not just people who WERE teens once upon a time. And it's not half-hearted in describing anything.

The writing isn't the same as writing by adults; it's got a fairly different quality about it, not better or worse, just different. It's not pretentious or "trying too hard." I liked that.

On flipping through the book, looking at the cover and the little cartoons inside (what's up with those little cartoons?), I have to say I got a little leery. But when I sat down and read the whole thing, I found it as good as Teen Ink magazine itself, and for the same reasons: it's earnest. It's honest. And, as a teen myself, it did feel real.
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Chicken Soup for the Teen Soul: Real -Life Stories by Real Teens was a little bit weirder than most books because it has a series of books. Most books in series talk about teenagers with issues in their lives and others talk about family issues, complications with friends, another book deals with women's problems, and dealing with violent problems. This book doesn't have one main character it has many. I think it's a good book because it helps me learn that other teens my age have problems either with their family or their friends or even their boyfriends.

I would recommend this book to teenagers and to adults. I would mostly like adults to understand that teens get as much stress as everyone does. Some parents don't get that we go through the same things that adults go through. Sometimes it's hard or use to say what's the matter with us to our family and people just don't get it. It's just a good book, and I guess everyone should read it. It helped me understand more about myself. This is why everyone should read this book to help understand more about teenagers.
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Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. That will help Amazon enormously in their storage, and it can help you too. At some places the price can’t lower to lesser a penny. Take a used book for a 0.01$ anywhere.
It has many usage including, “Cash4Books.net”
Recycle it or Burn it for survival heat. Use two books as spacers to raise your monitor because it’s always better to view at eye leveled to the center of your screen. Even better, send it to donation, any library would take it, or the third world too.
Do not fear a book because it has no teeth!!
When you open your used book, wear gloves if you have to, then you’ll realize, “This book ain’t that bad after all.”
Good read and peace!!
- Ricky
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Bought for my cousin as a Christmas gift. You can't go wrong with these books as they're always very uplifting and make you stop and think about life and how lucky we all are...
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