GRIEF GIRL by Erin Vincent

GRIEF GIRL

My True Story
Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A late-night phone call informing Vincent of her mother’s demise, coupled with her father’s death a month later, sends the 14 year old into a two-year apathy that isolates her from friends, siblings and school. As life in 1980s Australia continues, Vincent deals with her fractured home life, a thieving guardian and sexual harassment. The continuous misery of the story is broken only by the dark humor regarding a miserly grandmother and a filthy grandfather. Unfortunately, shared revulsion over feces-covered hands does not involve readers with the narrative, which feels emotionally flat despite the multiple tragedies. The pacing of events appears inadvertently comical and adds a strong fictional element to Vincent’s experiences. Overwrought emotional turmoil diminishes the memoir’s appeal, making this a difficult and unfulfilling debut. (Memoir. YA)

Pub Date: March 13th, 2007
ISBN: 0-385-73353-4
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Delacorte
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2007




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