The theme of these inspirational short story collections is overcoming adversity. They are filled with positive life lessons and faith. I was surprised at the number of Chicken Soup books out there. Whether it is your horse soul, teenage soul, pet lovers soul, cancer survivors soul etc they have it covered.
The couple I read were inspirational and upbeat, even in their melodrama. They have a knack for picking the right stories and telling them well, that keep you reading. Most popular with girls around 13 years old, in my library but I suspect more popular with an older audience in America where the stories take place.