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Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit: Inspiring Stories for Young Women About Hope, Strength, and Wisdom

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The author of Chocolate for a Teen's Soul shares a collection of fifty-five original, inspirational stories by young women representing a wide range of backgrounds that explore the challenges and joys of being a teenager and provide helpful advice on … see full wiki

Genre: Social Science, Self-Help
Publisher: Fireside
Date Published: May 21, 2002
1 review about Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit: Inspiring...

Mmm... chocolate... and I'm not even a teen anymore!

  • Oct 22, 2003
Pros: Nice variety of stories and writers

Cons: Short, some stories were a little lacking

The Bottom Line: This is a great book to find sympathy in, and I suggest cuddling up with it and a cup of coffee any day.

We all have those days where we just want to curl up with a nice heavy blanket in a big cozy chair with a great (easy to read!) book, a cup of hot chocolate (or coffee) and... chocolate! Well, the past few weeks have been those kinds of days for me, and Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit by Kay Allenbaugh has been one of those kinds of books. For those of us who don't like to indulge in sweets (and I can't imagine why not!) this book is still a great read.

I found Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit on a library shelf I frequent... the teens/dealing section. I hadn't noticed this book before and it looked short so I decided to read it. The introduction says that this book is compiled of stores written by teens as well as adults with good memories, which I think is excellent, as it provides insight from all points of view. The variety of writing styles makes for interesting reading.

At first I was wary of this book, seeing a title very similar to the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. However, this book lived up to its name and really did fill my soul with emotion-- hurt, comfort, understanding, and compassion. It really surpassed my expectations.

This book has several different sections, among which are "I Gotta Get Out of Here," filled with some rather embarrassing stories, "Growing From the Inside Out," which has stories about learning and growing in often unusual or unexpected ways, and there are many other cutely named sections.

I enjoyed almost all of these stories, and I can relate to many of them. I really enjoyed "Growing Pains." Though the title is a little cliche, the writer of the story clearly recalls a beloved family pet and her feelings toward it and relates it to current events with her teen. The story is painful, but very familiar to all of us. I also liked "A Fair to Remember," because it helps me to understand how my mother felt, and probably still feels about me. I can remember in my younger years being embarrassed by my parents one moment, and clinging to them the next. This story definitely takes me back to those days. "Friends Forever" is another story that touched my heart, because I can very clearly see my best friend from high school and myself in the text of this story about growing up and apart, but always remembering each other.

At the end of the book is a guide to all the authors of the short stories included. This guide is really nice and I was surprised to see the amount of very young and first-time writers that were included in this book. Its a great feeling to see people get interested in writing, and there are some obviously talented young adults in this book.

The only things I did not like about this book was that there were a few stories that I didn't really understand the point of, though maybe someone else may see in them what I didn't. Also, the book could have used a few more stories in it.

If you are looking for a good short read, or just some good short stories, this is a great pick. I can't wait to go find some of the author's other Chocolate books!


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