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The teenage soul? How about the ten-year old's soul?
on May 16, 2000
Lately the chicken soup people have been popping out books left and right that don't even compare to the first, and this is a perfect example. Reading one random story, I was reminded of my sixth grade year. As I continued reading I realized this story was supposed to be about a high school junior. As I read more I found many more examples of this. The stories and tales are very simple, almost fictional, and provide no comfort in the problems teenagers face. It seems that the authors focused on the "typical teenager" and forgot that times have changed. It also seems like the authors are trying to deny and ignore what teenagers really go through.
I don't want to give the impression that I hated this book. I found some stories quite entertaining and can relate to some, mostly the ones that deal with death or hardships, something relevant for all ages. It also has many humorous cartoons. But, all in all, the book is mostly for younger teens at oldest. I don't recommend it unless it's raining and there's no power and you're home alone AND you've read every book in your house six times.