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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times for Teens

101 Stories about the Hardest Parts of Being a Teenager

Older teenagers will find comfort and inspiration in these 101 stories about the hardest parts of being a teenager.

These stories for older teenagers cover mature topics and may not be suitable for younger teens. Being a teenager is difficult even under the best conditions, but these stories cover the toughest times, with tales of mental illness, abuse, eating disorders, self-destructive behavior, family and friend issues, love gone wrong, illness, and untimely deaths. When bad things happen, the challenges can feel overwhelming, but tough times can turn into great times.

Teens will find comfort and inspiration in these stories, written by other teens just like them, who overcame their challenges and found happiness and meaning in their lives. Great advice and inspiration from people who really care.

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