Grief Girl

Grief Girl

by Erin Vincent
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Grief Girl by Erin Vincent

It's just another October day until Erin’s parents are hit by a speeding tow truck. Mom dies instantly. Dad dies one month later, after doctors assure Erin he’s going to make it. Now Erin and her sister are left to raise their baby brother—and each other.
This is Erin Vincent’s gripping true story of how one moment tears a family apart and how love and strength come together to rebuild what was lost. Grief Girl will break your heart and then fill you with hope, time and time again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385733861
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 244,695
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Erin Vincent has worked as a journalist, a fashion designer, a theater actress, a photographer’s assistant, a tailor to the stars, and a bartender, and has served meat pies and mushy peas late at night from a roadside van in Sydney. She now spends her days (and nights) as a writer and a youth counselor. Erin divides her time between her hometown of Sydney, Australia, and Los Angeles. She lives with her artist husband, Adam Knott (aka Adam James K), a one-eyed goldfish named Reginald, and a sweet little cat named Foofee. Sadly, her beloved pet crab Charlie died after sticking around long enough to help her get through the writing of Grief Girl. RIP, Charlie.

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Grief Girl 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Erin Vincent's book is a coming of age story like no other. I laughed, I cried, I inhaled this unique look at every child's fear play itself out brilliantly.One of the best memoirs to date!
kgirl1721 More than 1 year ago
''Erin Vincent is a very talented author. She's been through more then I could ever imagine going through. In this book she captures a range of emotions, and she shows how that when her life hit rock bottom, she still made the best of it. This book will change the way you take things for granted, and make you cry. I cryed so many times reading this book. She also captured some humor, I LOVED it.''
R.A.LongStudent More than 1 year ago
Grief Girl is a well written, meaningful novel that gives the reader a view into the life of a teenager working through a terrible situation. The book is easy to read and engaging. It is an interesting read for anyone, but can also provide support and helpful information to those who have gone through a similar tragedy. I recommend this book to teens and adults alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book it helps you understand what people are going through! I personallly loved hearing what it was like to go through that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book it was so interresting i loved it
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In this heartbreaking yet uplifting memoir, Erin Vincent recounts the tragedy of losing both of her parents in a terrible car accident when she was fourteen. What makes the story so sad, at least for me, was that fact that her father, unlike her mother, was not killed instantly in the crash, but survived for a number of weeks before succumbing to his injuries. For me, this fact made Ms. Vincent's story even more difficult, as it felt like hope had left her family for good.

"They say God is a comfort to all those who mourn. How can you be a comfort to those you've made suffer? What manipulation! It's like having your wounds dressed by the person who hurt you...No, sorry, you're a bit late, God."

For Erin, it takes awhile to realize that wishing something bad would happen to your parents is not the same as killing them. It doesn't take long, though, to realize that her horrible extended family - her father's parents and her mother's wretched brothers - are up to no good. With only her older sister, Tracy, and Tracy's boyfriend, Chris, to watch our for Erin and her younger brother, Trent, things are not going to get easier in a hurry.

As life goes on - Erin returns to school, she watches as both her mother and father are buried, she goes on a trip with her theater group - she realizes that life cannot be categorized as either good or bad, but rather is a series of ups and downs, of highs and lows. As Erin leans on her best girlfriend, as the only true friends of her parents help out her beleaguered "family" when they need help, she learns that life does go on, whether you want it to or not.

The wonderful thing about GRIEF GIRL is that Ms. Vincent never comes across as pitiful, although it would be easy to pity a girl who lost both of her parents. Although technically an orphan, she never adopted that orphan attitude. And even though there were many times throughout her life in which both friends and family took advantage of her, Erin shows in the end the fighting spirit to reclaim what is hers - something that I'm sure would make her mother and father very, very proud.

This is a wonderful memoir I would recommend to anyone, but especially those who have faced their own losses. Ms. Vincent's enduring spirit of strength is to be admired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i've ever read. Its one of those books where it really opens your eyes, and you feel like youre one of the characters yourself. Would absolutely reccomend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. My friends have been recommending this book fir the whole year 2014-2015
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a very serendipitous personal story of how I found this book. In a state of deep depression, I searched "images of depression". Many photos popped up but one in particular stopped me in my tracks. "That is one", I thought. The photo that can relay how I feel without words. Then I read the words included with the photo and saw the name "Adam Knott". Who is Adam Knott? I did a search and found nothing linking him to Erin. But I am not easily dissuaded. I continued searching. "Erin Knott". Nope. Somehow, I found my way to Adam's photo log of his beloved wife' Erin's depression while writing a book about the loss of her parents. Now, this is a book review, really it is, but the odd coincidences are, to me, important. I happened to own this book by mere chance. "Grief Girl". That sounded familiar.I bought it at a local book sale a few years ago, not realizing it was for teens. In the throes of grief regarding a similar but different type of loss, I read it in one sitting. I realize I did this completely backwards, but then again, it was perfect. Erin's book captivated me. I was, in a way, taken out of my own pain and fell head-long into hers. This book is so well written, in the moment, from the perspective of 14 year-old Erin. Brilliant. I especially appreciated her willingness to bare her soul by exquisitely describing the normal, sometimes self-absorbed thoughts an adolescent girl has during this stage of development (first day back at school, being admired for her fortitude, etc.) Erin is a very brave woman. It is a shame she inadvertently induced PTSD/depression (catharsis ain't all its cracked up to be) but this book is beautiful. From all I can gather, the author has emerged healthy and whole on the other side of her courageous endeavor. I cannot believe anyone would give this book less than a 4-star review, but then empathy is an endangered human trait according to a few other books. Well done, Erin. And thank you.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book I cried through most of it and I thought Erin Vincent did an amazing job of keeping the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read your story it made me cry and i know you dont want to hurt maxine so im going to tell you something. ITS YOUR LIFE!!!!!!! You should care what peole think .I met a lot of peole like you and want to meet one go on youtube and type THIS IS A COMMONTERY and to the new year resoustions. I hope this helps you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maxxy andI decided to sty together and battle whateverr comes our way and whatever happens happens. That we neeed to be strong no matter what ad when and if the time comes for us to seperate we might both be ready and we might not be but we will always bee the best of friends. Thankyou so much for your advice it was so helpful and jus what i need thankyou soo so much. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ive ever read! I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt stop reading! A wonderful book indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! These are one of the books that you dont know the page youre on because its so catchy. I was done with summer homework so i wanted a book that could keep me entertained and boy am i happy about it. Erin is struggling to accept the fact that her parents died so she hoes through stuff that a normal teen shouldnt have to. Alog of people will surely enjoy this book. Its work the money or even more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will change your life !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As i reed the book i gieved just like it says on the title GRIEF GIRL. i morned when she morned when she cried i felt the hot tears run down my face but i never put my nook down until i coulded see anymore and then i cried til my eye where red & puffy and my was red. I laughed when she laughed, and when she had a conversation i replayed it in my head. I felt every thing she felt, it was like i was erin. I'll tell u i am the middle child i am also the olded daughter my bigest bro already has 2 little boys & my other bro is in college in Weatherford and in live rigjt out of graham but i am also 14 with a little sis and bro thats11 and another little bro whose 9 u must be thinking well thats not bad she can take care of them her self but ur wrong there i cant give them everything they need. So how do u exspect erin to help her big sis at the age of 13when both her parents have died. She cant. But she did the best she could and that all that matters she found a job when now adays theres not a job that will hire a 14 year girl except fr babysitting and they wont do that without parent perrmission i would have 2hunt for food which is no prob 4me considering i live in the country but the prob is that i wouldnt be abil 2 pay bills or pay 4 playbays or clothes and food. Anway back to the book this book is a heart warming book abput a real girl that went through the real tragity of losing both parents and the money wasnt left 2them it was left 2there uncle and 2make matters worse he wont share. If u r a teenage girl then i promice u will lo e this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a while ago. I would suggest everyone read it! I read it pretty fast and it was interesting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a fantastic book it had a lot of detail if there were a part two i would totally read i recommend it to anybody no matter what age cause its about a teenager and i really do recommend it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book , what she has gone through is completley heart breaking. A have to read book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book