From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Another entry from the publishers of Teen Ink: Our Voices, Our Visions (2000), and Teen Love: On Relationships (1999, both Health Communications). Chapter titles include: "Being Yourself!," "Being Your Own Best Friend," "What Is Friendship," "Friends in Trouble," "Growing Apart," and "The Best of Friendship." Each chapter contains a narrative definition of the topic; bits and pieces of insight and advice from the authors; quotes from famous people; and original poems, short stories, and personal remembrances written by teenagers. Information about the contributors appears at the end of the volume. The tone of the text, as in most inspirational books, is very emotional, and fans of that genre will not be disappointed. Put this book on your shelves with the hope that teenagers will find something in it that will enrich their lives.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
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Gr. 6-10. Based on the familiar and successful Chicken Soup format, this title, part of the Teen Love series, explores the true meaning of friendship. Kirberger (aided by Mortensen, from MTV's Real World
) supplements her general comments about having and being a friend with poems, stories, and essays by teens themselves. Swinging from sad (the "outgrowing" of friendship so typical of adolescence) to sweet (the evolution of friendship to romantic love), this comfortable and comforting book will reassure teens that they are not alone in wanting and needing friends and that they are worthy of friendship as well. Frances BradburnCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved