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Everybody Else's Girl

4.52  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Set in Tazewell, Virginia, a town whose wholesome storefronts and country charm hide an undercurrent of poverty and lawlessness, Everybody Else's Girl tells the story of growing up poor amid unspeakable violence. Broken-down trailer parks and gritty classrooms provide the background for this story of a girl searching for her voice.

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Paperback, 138 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Sweet Candy Press
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T.B. Markinson
Apr 15, 2014 T.B. Markinson rated it it was amazing
Writing a book is a monumental achievement and I always applaud anyone who is able to accomplish this goal. Writing a memoir about sexual abuse, violence, and addiction can’t be an easy project to work on. Yet it’s important for people to share their stories, not just for themselves but for others who might be going through a similar situation. Maybe someone who reads this book will realize they aren’t alone. No two situations are identical but not feeling alone can encourage people to seek ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Celia rated it it was amazing
It's always a pleasure for me to review any book, but I take a special thrill from reviewing books/works/zines from independent authors/publishers. The work is more raw and I feel the emotions on a whole other level.

My experience reading Everybody Else's Girl was just like that. Sawyer-Lovett describes living among others in a life full of abuse, addiction and overall feeling lost. Although most of what is talked about is painful, there are silver linings of happy nostalgia sprinkled throughout
Jan 06, 2015 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
What a voice. Content is difficult, of course, but I found myself cheering for Sawyers-Lovett throughout. I really enjoy the way she writes the people she cares about. Her voice is fierce, incisive, and uncompromising. Everybody Else's Girl is an intensely personal story but is also evocative of its time and place like a good novel.
I wish the book itself was more tightly copy edited, and I'm confused by the last line of the About the Author ("Everybody Else's Girl is her fist novel") because ev
Dec 29, 2014 Leslie rated it it was amazing
If this book was difficult to edit, Sarah is a wonder for writing it. I am lucky enough to read some things before she publishes them. I've been trying to think of a way to review this book since I finished reading the Word document it came to me in. Sarah is one of the strongest people I know; this us her origin story. It is heartbreaking and beautiful and horrifying and victorious. She is beautiful and victorious, cherished. Please buy it, support her, read it, tell your own origin super ...more
Dana Giusti
May 26, 2015 Dana Giusti rated it liked it
A powerful story, but was it a novel or memoir? The disclaimer about nonverbatem conversations made me think it was a memoir, but then the book is described as the author's first novel...
Feb 26, 2014 Shoshanah rated it really liked it
It's hard for me to really come up with the words I want to say about this memoir. Part of me wants to say I enjoyed reading, except the author goes through such horrible times in her childhood it almost feels wrong to say I enjoyed it. I'm not quite sure, but maybe phrasing it I as enjoyed the time I spent with it sounds better.

The book reminds me of Regina Calcaterra's memoir except more detailed and more graphic. It is hard to read, and there are parts that I guarantee will make you uncomfort
Sage Adderley
Aug 05, 2016 Sage Adderley rated it it was amazing
Everybody Else’s Girl is a true-story of a young girl born into a gritty world of poverty and addiction. Sarah vividly describes her life growing up in a trailer park where she romped around with other children, but couldn’t escape the hands of abuse. While Sarah’s story is heart wrenching, there are light moments where she describes her Ninny and the good that her grandmother brought into her life.

Sarah takes readers through the tragedy of losing her younger brother, her own addiction, and comi
Oct 06, 2013 Lia rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh and then cry and then think.... A lot. It's an extremely thought provoking memoir with a lot of very traumatic events, but it's written with a disarming, innocent voice. This is a unique book about a strong, amazing, and inspiring person- and I would have to say the take away was even motivational (not in a cheesy way) though I'm unsure if that was intended or not. There is a hopeful and loving spirit in this memoir and It's hard for me to articulate exactly how reading ...more
Jonas Cannon
Jun 24, 2014 Jonas Cannon rated it it was amazing
It's hard to say I enjoyed this book, because so much of it is really heartbreaking. I can say that I'm very glad to have read it. It's a well-written book, memoirs that pay close attention to precious moments as well as tragic ones. Sometimes it's almost disorienting to follow as the narrative flows from funny, sentimental reflections to darker tones of sexual abuse and mortality. Not a light read, but a thoroughly effective one. It will leave its mark on you, to be sure. Very highly ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Shelley rated it it was amazing
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This is a very intense story, in straightforward language that paints a vivid image of Sarah's childhood. There are light moments mixed in with the dark and moments that made me laugh. The story sucked me in and moved me along and I thought it was really good.
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Sarah Sawyers-Lovett was born in Tazewell, Virginia. She isn't offended if you haven't heard of it. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife and their hedgehog, where she makes balloon animals for m
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