Book Reviews of Good Grief

Good Grief
Good Grief
Author: Lolly Winston
ISBN-13: 9780446694841
ISBN-10: 0446694843
Publication Date: 4/4/2005
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 381 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
This book was an up and down read. A read that was very real, and hard to look at with some of the issues it addresses, but it has its happy moments to. This book is very real. You can see the emotions, feel them, think that it could happen to you. A very good read, a fast read despite the feelings it evokes. Because you want to flip to the next page and see what happens next. I really did over all enjoy this book.I think its probably the best one I have read so far this year. Emotional, Funny, Sad, but most of all a heart warming tale of life. And how to live after loss.
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Helpful Score: 5
A wondeful first novel...funny, touching, poignant. A look at how one woman deals with her grief following the death of her husband. Fantastic!
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Helpful Score: 5
great,great read.felt like crying and laughing at the same time.this book gave me insights to help a friend currently dealing with grief
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Helpful Score: 4
A surprisingly funny yet touching first novel about a 36-year-old widow who struggles to cope with the death of her husband.
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Helpful Score: 4
My book club read this - enjoyed a lot - fun girls discussion about friendship.
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Helpful Score: 4
A witty book about a thirty-something widow starting over in life.
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Helpful Score: 4
Even though it's a depressing subject - a woman's grief after the death of her husband - it's a very funny book with a lovable heroine. I loved all the comments about having curly hair!
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Helpful Score: 3
There are thousands of books about looking for love, but not many about living through tradegy. This witty, big-hearted novel about a smart, funny young woman rebuilding her life and re-creating a family after her husband's untimely death fills that gap beautifully. (Jennifer Weiner)
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Helpful Score: 3
I really like this book. It had more depth to it then the usual chick lit books I read. I liked how each chapter was a different emotion in the grieving process. The author really draws you in and makes you feel each emotion. I'm looking forward to reading more Lolly Winston books.
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Helpful Score: 3
Winston does an amazing job of capturing the struggles of a young widow trying to come to terms with her grief and to shape a life worth living.
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Helpful Score: 3
When Sophie, the lead character in Good Grief, loses her husband to cancer, one would think the book would be a tear jerker. Well, the tears may come--but it's not what you think! Lolly Winston imbued her character with enough spunk that, while we lament her plight--we also cheer her climb back to sanity and the 2nd chance she gets at 'happily ever after'.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book had me hooked from the start! I loved it!
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Another great book by Lolly Winston. Very well written. I had a hard time putting it down.
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Winston captures the stages of grief beautifully. Her character Sophie feels realistic and portrays 'almost too honest' emotions that are easy to relate to. Winston is very descriptive and creative with her word phrases. She is original and doesn't use overly common word pictures.

Winston will bring you to tears, and then laughter almost in the same moment. Sophie is not just another character in a book, but a friend. You are left wanting to know what happens next in her life.

"Good Grief" was easy to read from the beginning and Winston kept enticing me to the very end. It was difficult to put down and I finished in two sittings.

I would definitely recommend this book and will add it to my book shelf marked "keeps" as I could read this one over and over.

(For more reviews written by me, you can go to www.ladyreadnblog.blogspot.com)
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is incredibly easy to get lost in. I found myself almost "smacked in the face" with the detailed descriptions of the characters depression over the tragic loss of her young husband, and some of it was deeply upsetting. I am glad for having read it though. This book is one I will not soon forget.
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Helpful Score: 2
amazingly "light" while depicting the reality of grief.....
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Witty, big-hearted novel about a smart young woman. A book that can deliver laughs as well as tears.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is a humorous, compassionate, insightful look into a woman's grief after losing her husband to cancer. From wearing her bathrobe and bunny slippers into her office one morning to finding new love and opening her own business - this woman goes through all the stages. In her own way, in her own time - Sophie works herself into your heart.

A great book for anyone who has lost a spouse or occasionally even lost themselves.
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Helpful Score: 2
Loved, Loved, Loved this book. It was funny, sad and makes you hope for the future of its main character
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Helpful Score: 1
Great story about a woman dealing with the loss of her husband. The author is able to write with humor about this difficult subject.
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Helpful Score: 1
Quirky, funny, touching and pain driven. This novel goes through all the emotions of loss of a loved one, starting over, making mistakes and becoming your own woman. Lolly Winston weaves an extrordinary story of love and survival.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is one of the best books I've read in years! Be prepared to cry, because there are quite a few heart-wrenching moments. But overall, I found the book incredibly touching and heartwarming. It's just a beautiful and at times, amusing, portrayal of grief and the struggle to recover from such a massive loss. I very highly recommend this book.
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This wonderfuly written book illustrates the range of emotions one experiences following the death of a loved one. Winston puts the main character, Sophie, in everday situations that teach the reader lessons we should all learn. A must read book!
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Helpful Score: 1
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mostly because I have a lot in common with the main character. The author did a great job of telling a story of a young widow even though she herself is not one.
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Helpful Score: 1
I almost can't part with this one, but you can't keep them all! A thirty-somethingish widow reinvents herself through grief and a change of scenery. Very witty yet poignant writing, similar to Jenniger Weiner's writing - you will thoroughly enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I am not a fan of sadness so I was a bit hesitant because it's about a woman who's grieving for her deceased husband, but as I read each page I couldn't wait to read the next and the next and the next. The author has a gift for describing the worst circumstances with humor and she sucks you right in from the get-go.
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Helpful Score: 1
I was a bit hesitant to read this book; it sounded like it might be too morose for my taste, considering the topic. I was wrong! - I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are wonderful, the situations Sophie finds herelf in are described in such good detail that the reader can genuinely picture the whole scene, and the humor interspersed throughout is laugh out loud funny at times.
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Helpful Score: 1
Touching and sweet. Great book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I wish there were a dozen books by this author! Though not a fine literary work, this was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. I loved the main character- and grew to love the secondary characters as well. The writing style had me laughing out loud, and I identified with the end. Thanks, Lolly Winston!
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I LOVED this book. Highly recommended.
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I loved this book - it was funny and heartwarming and stayed with me long after I was through reading it. Friends have been recommending this one to me for awhile now and I'm so glad I finally had a chance to read it!
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I loved this book! Very witty. I can't wait to read her next novel, hope it's as good as this one was.
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I absolutely loved this book. It's going to be hard to part with, but I don't see myself reading it again.
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A great read, and one of my favorites. I laughed as much as I wanted to cry for her loss, and I felt like I was experiencing everything with Sophie.
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Up-Lifting
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I loved this book.!I am looking forward to the sequel. This book isn't depressing, it is true. This is a comical, relistic, and heartwaroming book. The author goes into detail about some great friendships established between the charactors. It is wonderfully written and describes a transformation in the main charactor "Sophie" . She finds herself at a cross-roads in life. She must rediscover herself, which we all do at sometime or another.
It doesn't take death to push us into a different direction. I found this story to actually be uplifting. Don't be afraid that this book is a "downer", it isn't. This book is a great read for people who are honest with themselves about thier own feelings about life in general. You don't have to be a widow to appreciate this book. You don't even need to be female, (though it is "chick-lit") you just need to be "real". Great book in my opinion.
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Great book!
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This is a great book. Touching and funny.
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A fabulous read... it's hard to imagine that a book about a young widow working through her grief could be enjoyable and funny - but it is!
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A solid book and good read not only about the stages of grief (portrayed in an updated, sometimes humorous, contemporary way) but also about healing and living life post loss.
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This book is about a woman who loses her husband at an early age and learns to deal with her grief and how to live through her tragedy.

I thought the book was good. Not a best-seller, but worth a read.
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Very good 1st novel telling the tale of a woman who was widowed at a young age.
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I thought this book dealt really well with hard issues. It was realistic but not overly dramatic. It wasn't a downer but showed triumph through real-life issues. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Great read, quick not too sad or dramatic although the subject would have you believe otherwise. Forgiveness for grief, your own and adapting to all transitions, changes all we don't want to experience. Starting over and those struggles, very real to life. Funny too. Great characters, I love Lolly Winston and bought Happiness sold separately immediately after. Good grasp of keeping your attention without wrenching your heart out.
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Quick read - Sophie was likeable and easy to empathize with.
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I could not get into this book. I read the first four chapters and decided I couldn't read anymore.
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this is the perfect escape of a read....i LOVED it.
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This book shows many of the feelings of grief, but not in a negative, depressive way. It also shows healing and that there is life after the death of a loved one. I really enjoyed reading this book.
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The book was really good however I was slightly disappointed with the way it ended.
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This was a wonderful book. The author really draws you in.
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Very cute book. You would not think that a book about a newly widowed woman could qualify as "chick lit", but it does.
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I had a really hard time getting into this book and after 40 pages I couldn't continue. Didn't like it.
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This book started very slowly but once the main character started to move forward with her life as opposed to wallowing in her grief, the book became more interesting and the grief did indeed become "good" grief.
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Good book. I enjoyed it.
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This is a beautifully written book about the range of emotions one experiences following the death of a loved one. Winston finds humor in everyday occurances and Sophie, the main character, has many lessons to teach us all. You must read this book! If you like Jennifer Weiner, you will love Lolly Winston!
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Very good read.
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Though I am not a widow, I found this book really appealed to me. Anyone who has experienced depression can relate to Sophie's inability to get out of bed, going to work in her pajamas, etc. I also like the fact that Sophie was able to move on with her life without sacrificing the memory of her husband.
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I loved this book. It is humorous, compassionate, yet poignant about the loss of someone you love. Poor Sophie manages to live through all her "Good Grief"!
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Loved this book, funny, sad, poignant, and very entertaining.
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I really enjoyed this book.
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really enjoying this book a quick read and a good author
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Enjoyable read...
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My father is currently fighting cancer, and I could completely identify with some of the stages of grief that the main character went through. I enjoyed reading it, and felt a little bit less like I too was losing my mind!
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The first part of this book is slow, but if you can get past page 50 or so, it turns out to be a great read.
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Story of a 36 year old widow's first year without her husband.
Sad and humorous in spots as she learns to deal with dating again and rebuilding her life. 3 stars
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This was a good, easy read. The characters are engaging and the plot believable.
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An excellent read. You'll enjoy this book. Funny and tender - I can really relate.
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I cannot give a rating at this time, as i only began reading.
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The loss of a loved one, especially a husband, can send you into a tailspin as you reach the different stages of grief. But Lolly Winston puts a sad/humorous touch of reality on the experience that kept me glued to this book until the end. Thanks to her, I could view my own experience and growth into health in a different light. I noticed I nodded my head in agreement so many times and laughed out loud a couple more.
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36 year old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind.

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I enjoyed the book, although it dealt with death, it was an easy read.
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I lost my husband less than a year ago and was looking for something to help me through my grief. The non-fiction reading I found was of little help; it was very depressing. This book of fiction was what I needed. It is written with humor and understanding. Though the widow in the book reacts far worse than I ever did to the loss, I could still relate to what she went through and was even able to smile and laugh at times.
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Great read!
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I did not care for this book, I have no experience with death of a husband but I did read it with an open mind and still didn't care for it.
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Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she's not only lost her husband her job, house... and waistline.

With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she's involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feeling she can't cope with-yet.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
A brilliantly funny and heartwarming debut about a young woman who stumbles, then fights to build a new life after the death of her husband.
When 36-year-old Sophie Stanton's husband dies of cancer, she desperately wants to be a graceful, composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with cartons of ice cream for breakfast, showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers, soon she's lost not only her husband, but her job and her waistline. In an attempt to reinvent her life, Sophie moves to Ashland, Oregon, where she finds an embittered 13-year-old girl with a fascination for fire, a job as Salad Girl at the local French restaurant, and an alarmingly cute actor whom Sophie wishes she didn't like quite so much. Readers will laugh and cry along with Sophie as she proves to the world and herself that she can recover from something this devastating with darkly comic humor and her own type of class. GOOD GRIEF is the perfect book for anyone who has ever been heartbroken, lost someone they loved, or eaten too many Oreos.

It was a good book.
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Sophie Stanton want to be a good widow-calm, cool, and collected, like Jackie Kennedy. But she can't quite live up to that! With humor and chutzpah, Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles...
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very good!
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Some widows face their loss with denial. Sophie Stanton's reaction is one of pure bafflement. "How can I be a widow?" Sophie asks at the opening of Lolly Winston's sweet debut novel, Good Grief. "I'm only thirty-six. I just got used to the idea of being married." Sophie's young widowhood forces her to do all kinds of crazy things--drive her car through her garage door, for instance. That's on one of the rare occasions when she bothers to get out of bed. The Christmas season especially terrifies her: "I must write a memo to the Minister of Happier Days requesting that the holidays be cancelled this year." But widowhood also forces her to do something very sane. After the death of her computer programmer husband, she reexamines her life as a public relations agent in money-obsessed Silicon Valley. Sophie decides to ease her grief, or at least her loneliness, by moving in with her best friend Ruth in Ashland, Oregon. But it's her difficult relationship with psycho teen punker Crystal, to whom she becomes a Big Sister, that mysteriously brings her at least a few steps out of her grief. Winston allows Sophie life after widowhood: The novel almost indiscernibly turns into a gentle romantic comedy and a quirky portrait of life in an artsy small town. At all stops on her journey from widow to survivor, Sophie is a lively, crabby, delightfully imperfect character. --Claire Dederer
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Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow- a graceful, composted, Jackie Kennedy kinds of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers- soon she's not only lost her husbnad, but her job, house... and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its own hurdles... (from back of book)
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Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants ot be a good widow--a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers--soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job, house...and waistline. Funny and poignant.