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The Girl Death Left Behind

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,584 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Readers will be touched and inspired by this latest novel from bestselling author Lurlene McDaniel:

Beth's world has been torn apart.She cannot figure out how to go on when a car accident claims the lives of her entire family, and she is the only survivor.Things seem to get even worse when she moves in with her aunt and her spoiled cousin, Terri.But with the love and suppor
Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 13th 1999 by Laurel Leaf (first published April 1st 1999)
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Jessica V
Sep 16, 2010 Jessica V rated it did not like it
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Kiera Beddes
Genre: chick lit
Summary: Beth's family dies in a freak storm, she goes to live with her cousin. She misses her family, her home and friends. Beth meets cute boy who likes her. Beth makes friends with outsiders just to make her cousin Terri mad. Beth runs away to her old home to say goodbye but accepts her new life.
Response: This book was ok, but you just know that every single one of Lurlene McDaniel's books are exactly the same. These books are written with the sole purpose of making teenage gi
Abbey Madden
Mar 26, 2009 Abbey Madden rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
The Girl Death Left Behind is one of the saddest books I've read. It's about a girl named Beth whose family dies one afternoon in a car accident. She has to move in with some relatives she doesn't really like. My favorite part was when she invited a girl named Sloane over to her aunt's house for the holiday's because she didn't have a nice family at home. Overall this book was really good. I recommend it for everyone who likes sad stories with a happy ending.
May 08, 2015 Eden rated it liked it
14 year old Beth just lost her parents and siblings in a car accident. Now she has to leave her home and friends behind to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin in Florida.

Things are changing so fast and Beth doesn't know how she'll go on without her family.

I've never read anything by Lurlene McDaniel, but looking through her catalog of books, it looks that she writes a lot of young adult romance. But, this book doesn't really have romance. Sure, there are a few mentions of kissing and character
I honestly liked this one. It was a typical Teen Book for sure, complete with the alpha bitch throwing a shitfit that the poor heroine dare look at the boy she wanted and managing to wound the heroine with nasty words. But at least Beth properly called her on her shit, and got called on some of HER shit in return. And of course, she got the boy without him having to rescue her from an Alpha Bitch Attack. Jared was pretty cool, too...the characters were actually pretty nicely written. And Sloane ...more
Amanda Marie
This is the first Lurlene McDaniel book I read way back in grade school.

On the day of her father’s company’s annual picnic, Beth Haxton stays home with the flu while her parents, sister, and brother head out. Before making it to the picnic, there is an accident. Beth’s parents and both her younger siblings are pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Beth is now an orphan under the guardianship of her aunt and uncle. She has to move away from her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee to live with he
Dec 21, 2014 Eythar rated it it was amazing
I read The Girl Death Left Behind by Lurlene McDaniel which talk about a girl her name is Beth in a fourteen years old that her family died in car accident she went to live with her aunt . The book shows you how everything is changed in her life and how she suffered from new experiences she had. It’s good to get more experience in life and get to know different types of people and get more knowledge to be stronger and help yourself to use to the life though. This is the author point from the boo ...more
Oct 05, 2009 Margo rated it liked it
Shelves: english-420
Genre: Tragedy/Romance (Lurlene McDaniel Requirement)

After a terrible car crash kills Beth's mother, father, and two siblings, she is left alone under the care of her aunt and uncle and their spoiled only child, Terri. Beth is forced to leave her friends and childhood home and move in with her new family. She doesn't feel accepted in school and doesn't want to be friends with her cousin and her friends. She meets Jared, a popular boy from school, and Sloane, a misfit girl from an abusive family.
Aug 24, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it
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Jun 14, 2010 Whitney rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-420
Beth is a normal girl with a normal family, one afternoon a horrible car accident kills her whole family. Beth's only living relatives are her mother's sister and her husband and daughter. Beth must leave the house she grew up in, and her friends to live with her aunt and her selfish cousin. This is the story of Beth's journey of healing as she copes with the loss of her family. Although this book was pretty predictable and a little cheesy i believe it teaches an important lesson of valuing fami ...more
Ashley Gooding
Jan 23, 2011 Ashley Gooding rated it really liked it
The Girl Death Left Behind
Author: Lurlene McDaniel
Characters: 4 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Format: e-book (on Kindle)
Source: Purchased by Myself

Description: ( Beth must face adult-sized dilemmas when a car accident claims the lives of her immediate family. Within a few hours, she faces a new family, new house, and a new school. Living with her spoiled cousin only adds to her despair. This story charts the efforts of Beth's caring Aunt Camille and Uncle Jack as they h
Tayler Morrell
Oct 11, 2011 Tayler Morrell rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
This was a realistic fiction by Lurlene McDaniel. It is about 14 year old Beth whose family have just all died in a car wreck. Now Beth has to leave her two best friends and her home to live with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin. Will she ever get over being alone, will she ever find friends and peace?

From the look of the cover and the name of the title, I was sure that this was an 80s or early 90s romance novel...which immediately made me biased against it. I guess that bias stayed strong throughout
Joel Richardson
Nov 22, 2010 Joel Richardson rated it it was ok
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Cindy Waite
Nov 03, 2011 Cindy Waite rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-420
This is a good book about a fourteen year old girl, Beth, who has to deal with the loss of her whole family who have died in a car accident. She has to move to Tampa to live with her aunt and uncle and cousin, and learn to adjust and find herself, apart from her family. Things are difficult with her cousin, who she has never been close to and who has her own insecurities and jealousy about learning to share her mom, dad and her home.

McDaniel deals with the issues of teens and loss in a sensitiv
Gisselle Gonzalez
Mar 22, 2013 Gisselle Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Fictional fans are not to be lied to with. We know what we want- real world situations & tragedies, stones that can melt our heart away or bring us to tears all at once because we can relate. Books were we can go home after a busy day and just forget about real life for a moment. Be able to put ourselves in the character’s shoes and see life through their eyes.

“The Girl Death Left Behind” is a great book to go home to. It was written by Lurlene McDaniel. The title right away tells you what
Oct 17, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 8th grade/freshman
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I think Lurlene McDaniel is a fantastic writer. i've read every book i can find by her but this book really seemed to stand out for me. I felt like i could truly relate to beth and the way she felt after a car accident killed her parents and her little brother and sister. It's as if she is a good friend of mine and i'm helping her through her struggle. The author did a great job of making Beth a loveable, relateable character. The other characters that Beth comes into contact ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Ulysses rated it it was amazing
This was the first young adult novel that lead me to investigate the kinds of books this author read. By the time I finished reading all of her young adult novels, I understood where she was coming from. Had I not heard about this author, I would have never considered doing the things now. I am working on not taking things for granted, but rather, look at things through the eyes of those I meet.
Claire Mizukawa
Oct 20, 2011 Claire Mizukawa rated it did not like it
Shelves: english-420
Ahhhh Lurlene. Why must you write such fluff? I was actually really excited to read this book when I saw McDaniel on the list because I really wanted to see why in the world writers like this, who seem to have thousands of books that are the same plot and characters, are so stinking popular. I had to admit that it wasn't the worst book I had ever read. But all of the characters were such stereotypes: the snotty cousin who likes shopping and boys, the friendly boy who will obviously become a love ...more
Kaitlyn Marr
Apr 20, 2008 Kaitlyn Marr rated it it was amazing
"The Girl Death Left Behind" is a very good book but is very sad. It made me feel how lucky I am right now in life because in this particular book the girl, Beth lost her whole family. She loved them very much and she regreted being so mean to her sister and brother cause she will never see them again. She misses her home and family very much. After the accident she has to go live with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin. Beth and her cousin do not get along and have way different personalities. She has ...more
Monique (mookie)Lolz
Feb 04, 2011 Monique (mookie)Lolz is currently reading it
i think that this book is very interesting. This book is about a girl that is going through a time in her life that she is regretting. Her and her family were in a car crash and all her family died but her. She feels alone because nobody can feel what she feels right now. She is upset because she has to move in with her aunt( who live no where she lives at) and her unappreciative cousin who doesn't see reality for what it is. She is scared because she is going to a new school where no one knows ...more
Oct 14, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Genres/Categories: death, friendship, boy/girl relationships, family relationships

This is a typically McDaniel book--something awful happens and everyone must learn to live with the fallout. In this case, Beth must learn to cope after the death of the rest of her family. She has to move in with her aunt, uncle, and obnoxious cousin--and move away from her house, her school, her friends, and everything else associated with her family. She struggles with understanding why all this happened, meets
Sep 26, 2011 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
The Girl Death Left Behind is a fictional novel about a girl, Beth, who loses her entire family in a car accident and must learn how to live a new life with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in a new state. To me, the novel was the classic work aimed at a middle school girl. If I had known about Lurlene McDaniel when I was in middle school, I can picture myself reading many of her books. The novel deals with many of the preoccupations of middle school girls, such as family, friends, and, most importan ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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Lurlene McDaniel’s 1999 novel The Girl Death Left Behind is just the right amount of tearjerker storytelling you’d expect from this popular author. Lurlene’s work has been around for ages and I’ve got a hunch that, in terms of children’s books, it will continue to be around even as our grandchildren grow up. Yes, years from now — a little girl or boy will discover her work for the first time and you’ll be required to buy them dozens upon dozen
Mayte Garcia
This book was really good and sad at the same time. It was about this girl that her parents went to a picnic with their friends. She want it to stay home because she was sick. So then she went to sleep and it started to rain. After she heard someone knocking on her door. she opened it and she saw a police man and her dads secretery. The police man told her that her parents had a car accident. So the police man took her to the hospital. She saw her aunt in there and she ask her aunt how was her p ...more
Brittany Kammerer
Aug 24, 2014 Brittany Kammerer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: preteens
Lurlene McDaniel's "The Girl Death Left Behind" teachers readers to appreciate what they have because what is here today may be gone tomorrow, which made me enjoy this story a little more. I felt it was an important life lesson to learn.
Jeffrey Sosa
Oct 20, 2011 Jeffrey Sosa rated it liked it
Shelves: english-420
This fictional novel is about a fourteen-year-old girl named Beth and how her immediate family is taken from her in a horrible car accident. She spends the novel trying to find a new way to live without most of her family and deal with the trauma that comes with the loss. I think the novel is well written and kept my attention with its heavy focus on family relations and perceptions. However, this novel is not a particularly dense or hard read, and I would recommend it to a middle school audienc ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Angie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage girls
Shelves: ya, read-in-college

When a car crash claims the lives of her entire family, Beth's life is turned upside down. Beth goes from having great friends, a great family (even if they drove her crazy at times), a good life overall, to losing her entire family and leaving her friends so that she can live with her relatives 10 hours away. Despite her bratty cousin Terri and the pain she feels from losing her family, Beth is able to move on, make new friends, and learn to be not the girl that death left behind, but the
Apr 26, 2008 Michelle rated it liked it
This book was about Beth, a teenage girl whose family, parents and siblings, were killed in a car accident. She is living with her aunt and her family because they were her only relatives. Beth have to face many new things that are going on, such as leaving behind her old home, friends and move on to going to a new school, meeting new people and living in a unfamiliar neighborhood.
I enjoyed reading this book because I feel that this book express a strong emotion or feeling of a girl who is tryin
Jan 08, 2015 Jasmine rated it really liked it
The first book I read in Elementary school, after I surpassed 5th grade reading level. Still touches my heart
Feb 10, 2014 Johanna rated it liked it
Not Lurlene McDaniel's best book, but still enjoyable. Didn't like the main character too much, though.
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

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