I have read more than my far share of books, all of which posses their own unique qualities. I do have a few favorites however, which tend to stand out more than the other. I prefer reading fantasy and fiction books. I guess you could say that they give me a short escape from reality.
I do read non-fiction books as well and one of my favorite books in that genre is Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. This was one of my favorite books that I had the pleasure of reading as I was growing through my teen years. I know that there are a lot of teens out there that think that they are alone in the world, I was one of them.
Reading this book gave me some really good insight into what I was going though and what others my age were going through. This book has it all; there are 101 short stories in this book. These stories are all extremely touching tales about life, love and growing up from a teenager's perspective.
There are also a few poems scattered throughout the book. One of my favorite poems included in this book is losing the "Us"; it is one of the opening poems and is by Mel Colgrove. It is by far, one of the most meaningful poems that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
Another wonderful story included in this book is "After a While." By Veronica A. Shoffastall. This is a very touching poem in the book and what makes it really amazing is the fact that Veronica wrote this particular poem when she was just 19 years old. There are eight main topics that are broken down in this book, all of whish contain a very meaningful lesson, or at the very least, a strong word of encouragement.
This book is fantastic; it is composed by teens, for teens. This makes the book very relatable. I would strongly recommend this book to everyone, even if you aren't a teenager yourself. This definitely makes it a little easier to understand the workings of the teenage mind. Overall I would give this book 5 out of 5. You should go out and read it for yourself. I bet you'll enjoy it as much as I did if not more.