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“Brianna Pastor is by far one of my favorite new writers. Good Grief is a powerful testament that shows how hard the past can be and that overcoming it is possible. If you want to feel seen and deeply moved, read Good Grief. Brianna Pastor has unparalleled talent, let the power of her writing guide you to a better life.”—yung pueblo, #1 New York Times bestselling author

An expanded edition with over forty brand-new poems of the bestselling poetry collection Good Grief by Brianna Pastor

When Brianna Pastor released her self-published poetry collection, Good Grief, she was blown away by the outpouring of support from people who reached out and said, “Yes. Me too.” For anyone who has struggled with questions of identity or coped with serious emotional issues, including grief, trauma, anxiety, and depression, this collection will help you find hope on the other side.

we don’t know how long our pain will last. we assume that because it hurts now, it is probably going to hurt tomorrow. it may even hurt the next day. perhaps it will get worse. but we sleep, and you see, and we do this marvelous thing in our sleep—we mend. And tomorrow is not always what we thought it would be.—from Good Grief

About the Author


Brianna Pastor is a queer writer, empath, and advocate from New Jersey. She began sharing her work on Instagram in 2014, to cope with the personal pain in her life and begin her healing journey. Journaling and introspection has always been at the forefront of her being. She writes about the raw, the uncomfortable, the overlooked; conveying that at the root of all things, is love. Brianna hopes to write and inspire those in a way that she, herself, needed when she was younger.

Praise For…


"Brianna Pastor is by far one of my favorite new writers. Good Grief is a powerful testament that shows how hard the past can be and that overcoming it is possible. If you want to feel seen and deeply moved, read Good Grief. Brianna Pastor has unparalleled talent, let the power of her writing guide you to a better life." — yung pueblo, #1 New York Times bestseller

"If you're looking for raw, real, vulnerable truth, this collection is for you." — Alex Elle, New York Times bestselling author of How We Heal

"Crafted over a decade marked by mourning and mending, this cathartic work leads readers through profound reflections on loss, trauma, mental health, and the winding path to self-love and self-discovery. Good Grief offers gentle reassurance that we do not walk alone in times of joy or devastation. As Brianna peels back each layer in her journey toward self-worth, she extends a generous invitation for connection—poems transformed into breadcrumbs, creating community and helping us feel seen. This is a book to be read, reread, grieved, and celebrated." — Vex King, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author

"Brianna Pastor's poetic debut does not disappoint and will resonate with many. Good Grief is a poignant introductory collection that sets the stage beautifully for what's to come from Pastor."  — Alicia Cook, author of Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back 

"When you read Brianna Pastor's words, it's like looking into a mirror. In Good Grief, she captures what many people ponder in silence. If you're looking for poetry and prose that soothe your soul, this book is for you." — Terence Lester, founder of Love Beyond Walls and author of I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes To Invisible People

"Good Grief is emotional, raw, and powerful. It touches on emotions that often go unnoticed and unnamed. It touches on places that usually only the silence of the night knows. This book will have you cry and feel seen in ways you didn't even know you needed. I highly recommend you pick up a copy today."  — Christine Gutierrez, author of I Am Diosa

"Brianna’s words are a gift to the world. She speaks to the hurting place in us all with great compassion and, through her incredible artistic vulnerability, helps us heal, feel seen, and believe there is light on the other side of darkness." — Cory Allen, author of Brave New You

"Good Grief is the kind of book you must read—then read again. Each time, Brianna's perspective will meet you in a new, healing, and transformative way." — Whitney Hanson, author of Home and Harmony

"Good Grief is a collection that the world needs right now. Brianna’s words are vulnerable, heartfelt and hold a special kind of truth within them. This book made me feel less alone and reminded me that I, too, can make friends with my sadness. That I can find the goodness in my own grief." — Michaela Angemeer, author of You'll Come Back To Yourself

"Brianna’s voice is one that speaks for all of us who have struggled, loved, lost, and picked ourselves back up again. Her poems wield a fierce and yet tender power, like tiny fires that light our darkest nights and bouquets of flowers that beg us to find beauty in this life. In Good Grief, each page becomes a refuge for the scarred heart, an ocean of hope, and a catalyst for healing. I am profoundly thankful to have encountered Brianna and her heart on these pages—they have both healed and inspired me." — Emory Hall, author of Made of Rivers

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063359659
ISBN-10: 0063359650
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 128
Language: English