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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Tough Times

Stories about the Hardest Parts of Being a Teenager


In these 101 stories about the hardest parts of being a teenager, teens share their toughest stories and challenges with you.

Being a teenager is difficult even under the best conditions. When bad things happen, the challenges can be overwhelming. But tough times can turn into great times... Read how other teens dealt with:

  • self-destructive behavior, eating disorders, and substance abuse
  • illness, injuries, and loss of friends and relatives
  • divorce, moves, and other family upheavals
  • finding meaning in their lives and new happiness
  • overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges

Photograph by Derek Smith

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Photograph by Susan Morrow

Amy Newmark is the bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.