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How to Make Friends with the Dark PDF, ePub eBook Here is what happens when your mother dies. It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart. That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Here is what happens when your mother dies. It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart. That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone. Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    this book is for the grievers this book is for the left behind this book is for every broken heart searching for a home Kathleen Glasgow This book broke my damn heart! That’s all! The end! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 BLOG

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Glasgow

    This book is now a thing! It's about a girl named Tiger Tolliver who has to learn how to live with loss. It's about learning what family means. What it means to take care of someone and let yourself be cared for. Feel free to ask me questions about it and I'll do my best to answer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Darkest, full of grief and heartbreaking five stars! There are too many scary things outside world. You may loose your loved ones, you can hurt yourself in several ways. You can lose your possessions, your social circles, your carrier or your dignity, patience, reputation. But the scariest thing in life is loosing your inner light , turn it off forever and surrender to the dark! This book is really pessimistic, depressing, heart wrenching! Too many times I thought to stop reading but I pushed my Darkest, full of grief and heartbreaking five stars! There are too many scary things outside world. You may loose your loved ones, you can hurt yourself in several ways. You can lose your possessions, your social circles, your carrier or your dignity, patience, reputation. But the scariest thing in life is loosing your inner light , turn it off forever and surrender to the dark! This book is really pessimistic, depressing, heart wrenching! Too many times I thought to stop reading but I pushed myself to be patient. Because I know really well how to lose someone and suffer from deepest and never ever ending pain! It never goes away because when you lose someone you lose some parts of yourselves and you turn into a different person. So Grace a.k.a Tiger’s tragic journey after her loosing her mother is so realistic so sad but also so genuine, poignant and easy to connect. After her first connection with her sister, book takes a different route. We see Grace literally turns into a tiger and shows her claws against the bullies, starts to make new friends by discovering outside world and finally understands she is not alone on this world. There are too many people try to fight against their dark sides, suffer from dysfunctional family relationships, heal from losing someone. I loved this book’s approach to the importance of sisterhood, friendship and sharing yourself instead of bottling up everything inside and living with paranoias. As a summary if we want to take control of lives and fill the blank pages by designating our own fate, we have to learn making peace with the darkness !!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Delacorte Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Oh my god. I don't think I have EVER read a book better than this one. It made me giggle. It made me cry. This is a book that everyone needs to read. And then read again. And again. This book but me with a tsunami of emotions. Stronger than anything a book has ever made me feel in a while. Grief is a very hard thing to put on to paper. I mean having someone you love die is one of the hardest things any human will Many thanks to Delacorte Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Oh my god. I don't think I have EVER read a book better than this one. It made me giggle. It made me cry. This is a book that everyone needs to read. And then read again. And again. This book but me with a tsunami of emotions. Stronger than anything a book has ever made me feel in a while. Grief is a very hard thing to put on to paper. I mean having someone you love die is one of the hardest things any human will ever have to face. I have been fortunate to only face it once. Even so, I know how painful it can be. I could relate to Tiger's pain. I know the feeling of not knowing what to do, what to say or who to turn to. Even though, I've never experienced foster care of anything like that, I still felt Tiger's fear and sadness when she was put into the system. When I went through the process of admitting myself to Psych Inpatient, I felt out of control. I felt like my life had been taken away in one fell swoop. For a rather large portion of the novel, Tiger is struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Even though it's never directly saud, it's heavily implied and rather obvious. This also broke my heart because I've been there. I know how it feels to get sick of people saying "Things will get better" or "Keep going" One of Tiger's many frustrations and fears was being moved from home to home. I also could relate to this. As I said earlier, I am fortunate enough to live with the same family for my entire life. But while I was at the hospital, I was constantly being moved from room to room and the staff was changing. Every time, I felt comfortable with one set of staff, it would switch and I'd have to do it all over again. Finally, I love the honesty in this book. Most books about mental health and death do say dumb things like "Things will get better" and "Keep going". This one doesn't. It says that life is hard and that's okay. It's okay to be in pain. The key is learning how to get through it. Many thanks to Delacorte for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Resources: Suicide Lifeline HopeLine TeenLine If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room Goodreads | Wordpress | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit

  5. 5 out of 5

    jaime ⭐️

    times i cried during this book: six times i texted my mum and my dad to tell them i love them while reading parts of this book: countless

  6. 5 out of 5

    Travel.with.a.book

    Another powerful and masterpiece by Glasgow, How To Make Friends With The Dark is a very stunning book, the story will be pinned in my head for a while because it has such an interesting and curated writings! . We all have ups and downs and I would nothing recommend you to read more than this beautiful and powerful book, Kathleen once again teaches us how to save us in our worst moments, she really reminds us that after lots of hurricanes will come a rainbow that can stuck for a while. After surviv Another powerful and masterpiece by Glasgow, How To Make Friends With The Dark is a very stunning book, the story will be pinned in my head for a while because it has such an interesting and curated writings! . We all have ups and downs and I would nothing recommend you to read more than this beautiful and powerful book, Kathleen once again teaches us how to save us in our worst moments, she really reminds us that after lots of hurricanes will come a rainbow that can stuck for a while. After surviving a tragedy for Tiger is nothing the same anymore, I really cried a lot of times reading this epic book, Kathleen has an ability when she makes the scene so perfect as you find it delightful and your face starts to laugh but right in the second comes the emotional parts and everything ruins with the potions of the reality that we all face it day after day. . The book is very unique, heart-breaking and has strong statements within that you'll love while reading it! Girl In Pieces was among my most favourite reads of 2018, I can tell that this will also be in my top reads because it's such an amazing book. At the end we all have different levels of strength so I love the ending of the book and I felt the relationship between Tiger and her mum so much, definitely 5/5 book and I highly recommend you to read it!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)

    I received this eARC from Delacorte Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change. You have always been lonely and you have never admitted it. Obligatory Summary Tiger Tolliver's mother just died and her whole life has been turned upside down. Traded from foster home to foster home, from strangers to family and back again, she mourns her mother. There is no gu I received this eARC from Delacorte Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change. You have always been lonely and you have never admitted it. Obligatory Summary Tiger Tolliver's mother just died and her whole life has been turned upside down. Traded from foster home to foster home, from strangers to family and back again, she mourns her mother. There is no guide on how to cope with this kind of loss, and she's sinking under the sadness. My Thoughts I am honestly so conflicted about this book. I wanted to like it, I really did, and sometimes I did actually like it, but the writing and execution for me were the biggest issues. It was funny sometimes, but also just so strange. I can't really say what I didn't like about it, I just didn't like it. I had a very hard time connecting with Tiger, the main character. She was very abrasive and I felt strange because I had to remind myself that I should feel bad for her. I've never suffered this specific kind of loss, but I have overcome death-induced depression after the suicide of my friend in high school, so while I could connect with the sentiments on a base level, they didn't inspire any real emotion in me. I'm the kind of person who emotionally connects to literally everything in a book, especially of this genre, so that was a very strange thing for me. I found many of the other characters felt unrealistic, especially in their dialogue. Sometimes things were said that didn't feel like something any living, breathing human being would say, instead of a book character. Thaddeus came out of nowhere and became her friend in a very short period of time, which felt rushed and unrealistic to me, though I appreciated that he didn't just become a love interest as these characters tend to. The introduction of Lupe Hidalgo was probably the first thing in this that I genuinely didn't like, because she felt extremely cliche and unrealistic, especially with the other high schooler's reaction to her. She felt too blatantly rude, like a Disney Channel mean girl, and not an actual school bully. I liked Shayna but felt that some of her plot twists could have been done better. There was a lot of weird pacing in this, which I guess reflects real life, but it made for a whiplashy reading experience. There were several times when Tiger just didn't address certain things that seemed like pretty pressing issues, which honestly contributed to my general dislike of her. The various odd nicknames were jarring, as I've literally never met a single person in my entire life who honestly went by Cake or Crash or something like that. Maybe I've just lived in too many normal places, but that sounds like a cartoon character to me, not a real person. This could just be a problem with the ARC, but the technical things in the writing were really weird. Like, it felt like this wasn't edited at all. I had such a hard time figuring out who the speaker was sometimes, because dialogue would continue into the next paragraph, but the new speaker rule was followed, even though the speaker was often the same. Like, all the author had to do was remove that extra quotation mark at the end of the first paragraph. It's literally that simple. Overall, I thought it was fine, even really good at times, but because of the writing, I just really couldn't get into it. You might love it, it might even be your favorite book, but it just wasn't for me. "Sometimes you need to open yourself to the possibility of the miraculous, Tiger Tolliver. Sometimes you just do."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Grief is extremely personal. No two people experience and process their grief in the same way. Kathleen Glasgow's novel How to Make Friends with the Dark beautifully explores the complexity, the isolation, the raw pain you feel when someone you love dies. What's it about? Tiger's mother may be overprotective, but it has always been Tiger and her mother against the world. On a day like any other, after harsh words you can't take back are exchanged, Tiger's mother unexpectedly dies. And now Tiger is Grief is extremely personal. No two people experience and process their grief in the same way. Kathleen Glasgow's novel How to Make Friends with the Dark beautifully explores the complexity, the isolation, the raw pain you feel when someone you love dies. What's it about? Tiger's mother may be overprotective, but it has always been Tiger and her mother against the world. On a day like any other, after harsh words you can't take back are exchanged, Tiger's mother unexpectedly dies. And now Tiger is alone. The raw, gaping hole in her heart is all that remains and Tiger has to learn how to make friends with the dark. My Thoughts I read Katheleen Glasgow's debut Girl in Pieces 2 years ago and I was blown away. That book was a ROLLER COASTER. My expectations for How to Make Friends with the Dark were high. And was I let down? No, no I was not. How to Make Friends with the Dark takes you on a wild ride from a normal school day with the hopes of kissing your crush to literally the worst moment for anyone to go through: identifying your mother's body in a morgue. From there you're whisked away and shoved into the foster system, placed in the charge of a harsh caregiver who locks and inventories their food to a lovable hippy who is really doing the best they can with a girl ripped apart from the inside out, and finally placed under the care of a long lost sister barely older than Tiger. You spend a lot of time stuck in Tiger's mind and her thoughts, for the first part of the book, can be quite cyclical and repetitive and a bit like "get on with it." I also can suffer from repetitive thoughts, but that doesn't mean I didn't find it frustrating at times and all I could think was "let's get a move on." (Don't tell someone grieving to just get over it… You might get slapped in the mouth.) But "move on" it does. What I Liked: • Strong Female Friendships. Cake and Tiger (literally some of craziest names I've ever encountered in contemporary fiction) have such a solid friendship. It's beautiful. When it would have been easy for Tiger to push Cake away or for Cake to disappear when things get hard and Tiger's emotions are messy, their friendship weathers the storm. Cake is always there for Tiger, almost to the detriment of herself. • Realistic Portrayals of Teenagers. In the beginning, I related to Tiger so much. She is one of the most realistic portrayals of a teen girl I have ever read. I was getting flashbacks to how I felt in high school, looking around me at all the girls that seemed so mature while I felt like a lump of misshapen dough. • Realistic Portrayal of Grief. Tiger's grief is almost palpable at times and at other times its can be frustrating. You just want to shake her and yell "Snap out of it!" She acts out. She wears the same dress she fought with her mom about for WEEKS on end. She gets angry. She fights. Her thoughts get very dark. • No Romance. Yes, you read that right! No romance. In a genre that easily falls into the trap of "love fixes all", this book is not one of them. • Shayna. Literally my favorite character. She's smart, strong, funny, and compassionate. She has little self awareness at times and can be quite rude. But she's real. She pushes Tiger when no one else around her is willing to push her. She is not necessarily someone I would like in real life, she is a bit off putting at times, but in this story, I loved her. • The notion that you are not alone no matter how isolated in your grief you feel. For the better part of the book, Tiger feels alone in her grief. She feels like an island floating out to sea in darkness she alone can feel surrounded by smiling happy faces. But she eventually realizes, she is not alone. She isn't the only to lose a loved one let alone lose a parent. • Jellymobile. I don't like jelly, but I can get on board with a jellymobile. I am only human after all. What I Didn't Like: • Pacing. A lot happens in this books. Just like in Kathleen Glasgow's other novel Girl in Pieces, it starts slow and then goes sideways fast. It’s the same complaint I had with that book that I have with this one. Almost nothing happens for the first 150 - 200 pages and then EVERYTHING happens in the last 200 pages. Those last 200 pages are gripping, but I just feel this book would have benefited from reducing the cyclical thoughts and spreading out the action over more pages. A lot of stuff happens and its important and I think delving into it more and exploring the consequences of people's choices would have turned this into a 5 star read for me. Grief is complicated and deserves to be explored in an honest and open way. This book manages that without being preachy or filling itself with meaningless like platitudes. Kathleen Glasgow is unflinching in the face of pain and we could all stand to learn how to make friends with the dark. Trigger Warnings: abuse, alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, suicide Thank you to Netgalley, Delacorte Press, and Children's Random House for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and I have not been influence by the publisher or the author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    TL

    This book tore at my emotions the whole time and broke my heart many times. I can't pick one that stands out more than the others. It reminded me of when I was grieving for my furbabies Tasha and Lilly, my bird Woody, Grandma, and Pop Pop. I kept thinking I was feeling this.. I experienced that! She gets it! Not to compare my experiences to anyone else's, just to let you in to my thought process. Some things in the end chapters had me almost outright bawling in the breakroom and smiling a little This book tore at my emotions the whole time and broke my heart many times. I can't pick one that stands out more than the others. It reminded me of when I was grieving for my furbabies Tasha and Lilly, my bird Woody, Grandma, and Pop Pop. I kept thinking I was feeling this.. I experienced that! She gets it! Not to compare my experiences to anyone else's, just to let you in to my thought process. Some things in the end chapters had me almost outright bawling in the breakroom and smiling a little at one particular happening. The whole novel was beautiful but those chapters there really struck me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    In this raw, powerful and heartbreaking meditation on loss and grief, Glasgow writes with unflinching beauty. We meet Tiger Tolliver at her most broken--at her darkest moment--and yet, somehow, How To Make Friends With the Dark teaches us how to let the light in. Read this book. It's gorgeous.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz Lawson

    I finished reading How To Make Friends With the Dark over the weekend and you guys - it is STUNNING. It's one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time - it's a book about grief and love and trying to keep yourself together when your whole world is falling apart. This is going to be such an important book to so many people. Kathleen Glasgow is a true treasure. Could not recommended more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    Every once in a while, I read a book that feels so profound I don’t think I can do it justice in a review. Kathleen Glasgow’s debut GIRL IN PIECES was one of those books. Glasgow’s sophomore efforts HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK is just as special. Tiger AKA Grace and her mother June live an isolated life. With few friends other than BFF Cake, Tiger lives an isolated life. Then, after an argument, June dies and Tiger must navigate life without her mother and in the foster care system. HOW TO M Every once in a while, I read a book that feels so profound I don’t think I can do it justice in a review. Kathleen Glasgow’s debut GIRL IN PIECES was one of those books. Glasgow’s sophomore efforts HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK is just as special. Tiger AKA Grace and her mother June live an isolated life. With few friends other than BFF Cake, Tiger lives an isolated life. Then, after an argument, June dies and Tiger must navigate life without her mother and in the foster care system. HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK is a book you feel in your gut from the first page and long after the last page. I didn’t know what to make of June, secretive and mentally ill yet fiercely loved her daughter. I had all kinda of theories in my head. For as much as she loves do Tiger, she wasn’t a good mother. Tiger was parentified, often didn’t have enough food and she had to meet her mom’s emotional needs. Tiger is such a sympathetic character, even when she acts out and says hurtful words. She oozes pain, yet has a resiliency she doesn’t even realize. The road she must travel is long and endless. I loved the minor characters too, each with unique dimension and purpose. I read HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK in one sitting, unable to stop. My heart felt Tiger’s pain, still feels the ache writing this review. Glasgow’s writing is gorgeous, Tiger’s voice so authentic. I don’t want to say any more about the plot because you deserve to uncover each gem along the way unspoiled by my gushing. HOW MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK is a book that should not be missed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Out of the Bex

    I’ve just finished this book and it was sad and honest and important and I hope one day you’ll read it or gift it to someone else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Too often YA of today is sugar-coated. I think that’s a disservice to teens. They’re stronger than we give them credit for and they’re living lives just as complex as an adults. Why should we try to deny them that fact in books? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tiger Tolliver is a character I’ll never forget. This book deserves to be held in high esteem, shared among teens and adults I’ve just finished this book and it was sad and honest and important and I hope one day you’ll read it or gift it to someone else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Too often YA of today is sugar-coated. I think that’s a disservice to teens. They’re stronger than we give them credit for and they’re living lives just as complex as an adults. Why should we try to deny them that fact in books? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tiger Tolliver is a character I’ll never forget. This book deserves to be held in high esteem, shared among teens and adults alike, celebrated on book lists, etc. etc. I have no doubts it will stand the test of time like so many other meaningful works in the genre such as Go Ask Alice and Speak. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK was heartbreaking and hard to read, because so much of it is true. It handles grief and the feeling of being lost with careful grace. 4.5/5 ⭐️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . Note! My copy of this book was gifted as a part of instagram promotion from Get Underlined. This in no way affects my review. All reviews are 100% honest.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    Do you only realize how many broken lives are around you when you have a broken life of your own?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessie_Book

    This book was not what I thought it would be. I'm actually little surprised that this it YA. It follows a sixteen year old character named Tiger, but thats the only part that feels YA. Everything else is a harsh gripping look into the life of this young girl who lost her mother. This is a powerful book that will leave you satisfied and thoughtful. Every time something that seems stereotypical YA would happen I would relax a little and think "oh this is familiar, I'm sure all will be well now". A This book was not what I thought it would be. I'm actually little surprised that this it YA. It follows a sixteen year old character named Tiger, but thats the only part that feels YA. Everything else is a harsh gripping look into the life of this young girl who lost her mother. This is a powerful book that will leave you satisfied and thoughtful. Every time something that seems stereotypical YA would happen I would relax a little and think "oh this is familiar, I'm sure all will be well now". And thats when this book would smack you in the face with a good dose of reality that would leave anyone reeling. And I loved every bit of it! Its definitely a darker read and you have to be in the right mood to read it, but I think that it really can give perspective on life.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mari Johnston

    This review and many others can be found on Musings of a (Book) Girl. Trigger Warnings: death, hospitals, self-harm, suicide, panic attacks, PTSD, underage drinking, drug use, abuse, eating disorders What. A. Book. Packed with emotion, How to Make Friends with the Dark is a hard to read novel that gives us a raw, messy, and relatable look at grief. When I picked this novel up I thought I knew what I was getting myself into since I had previously read, and loved, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut Girl in Pi This review and many others can be found on Musings of a (Book) Girl. Trigger Warnings: death, hospitals, self-harm, suicide, panic attacks, PTSD, underage drinking, drug use, abuse, eating disorders What. A. Book. Packed with emotion, How to Make Friends with the Dark is a hard to read novel that gives us a raw, messy, and relatable look at grief. When I picked this novel up I thought I knew what I was getting myself into since I had previously read, and loved, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut Girl in Pieces, but I wasn’t completely prepared. Glasgow does a service to her readers by not holding anything back, instead choosing to take us deep into Tiger’s mind as she begins to try and figure out how to live a life she never expected. While I have never been in a situation remotely like Tiger’s, there were still pieces of the story I was able to relate to. After the death of her mother, Tiger decides to exclusively wear the dress her mom had bought her for an upcoming school dance. She refuses to wear anything else until eventually the dress becomes smelly and begins to fall apart. Other ways she finds to cope is through self-harm and unhealthy eating habits. These were all things I experienced in my own way after the death of my nana in 2010. All of the characters were great. Not a single one of them was perfect, but you could tell how much they were all trying their best to handle the ridiculous hands that were being dealt to them. I especially loved Tiger’s best friend Cake. It was so plain to see how out of her element Cake was, but she refused to leave Tiger’s side and stood by her even when it was difficult. She forgave when Tiger would lash out in grief and anger and apologized when she said things she shouldn’t have due to a lack of understanding. Glasgow also included LGBTQIAP+ rep in two of the side characters. I don’t remember it ever being explicitly stated what they identify as, but one of the girls does have a girlfriend and the other says she’s into girls and boys. My only real issue with this story was the pacing. This is a book that’s on the longer end and I feel like it didn’t entirely need to be. For the first maybe 60% things moved very slowly. Once I got past this point though the pace picked up a little and moved along at a more satisfying rate. During the slow bits, I would find myself starting to zone out a little and get bored, but it was never to the point where I was tempted to put the book down and not finish it. Though I wish the pace had been consistently good throughout the entire novel, it’s still worth reading and pushing through. Usually, when I read something, there will maybe be one line, if any, that jumps out at me enough to the point I want to make a note of it. This novel was an exception though as it had several impactful quotes. I kept reading sentences that really hit me and made me read them over and over again before continuing. There was also mention of Taylor Swift’s song Style which we all know completely made my day. How to Make Friends with the Dark really is a can’t miss read. Tiger’s story demands to be told and it deserves to be known. What she goes through is a reality that many teens face, and I really believe that this book has the ability to help a lot of people process the grief they are experiencing and figure out where to go from here. A digital ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cory Marie

    Well-written books about grief always make me feel simultaneously hollow and full. There is just something about stories like How to Make Friends With the Dark that pull on my innermost emotions and cement themselves in my soul. Kathleen Glasgow perfectly captured what it feels like to grieve, while also showing that sparks of hope and love can be found in the most random and unsuspecting places.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Seema Rao

    Kathleen Glascow's book is one of the best YA books I've read this year (and I've already read plenty.) I am astonished at the way she used language and plotting, masterfully low-key and high-emotional. This book is in the genre of emotional YA books, but it isn't frivolous with emotionalism or trite in the way readers are pulled into the story. I highly recommend this one for all readers for its literary qualities. Terribly well-done and wonderfully hard to read at parts. Thanks to NetGalley fo Kathleen Glascow's book is one of the best YA books I've read this year (and I've already read plenty.) I am astonished at the way she used language and plotting, masterfully low-key and high-emotional. This book is in the genre of emotional YA books, but it isn't frivolous with emotionalism or trite in the way readers are pulled into the story. I highly recommend this one for all readers for its literary qualities. Terribly well-done and wonderfully hard to read at parts. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    S.M. Parker

    Everything you'd expect from Kathleen Glasgow. Powerful prose. Impeccable story-telling. A harsh and tender examination of grief and finding one's voice while surviving tragedy. I was fortunate to receive an early read of this book, courtesy of the author. Full review to come. In the meantime, don't hesitate to pre-order this starkly powerful novel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    Oh my heart is breaking into a million pieces. This book was filled with so much raw emotions on the subject of dealing with a death of somebody you love so much. I loved the story that was written on what some children have to deal with when somebody that they thought would always be there to take care of them is suddenly not there any more to do that. How children are moved from foster home to foster home on hopes on finding a forever home but some who just stick around until the age out of th Oh my heart is breaking into a million pieces. This book was filled with so much raw emotions on the subject of dealing with a death of somebody you love so much. I loved the story that was written on what some children have to deal with when somebody that they thought would always be there to take care of them is suddenly not there any more to do that. How children are moved from foster home to foster home on hopes on finding a forever home but some who just stick around until the age out of the system. What a great read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rian Henry

    This book was incredibly dark and sad. So good. It's basically about a girl trying to cope with her mother's sudden death.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    I received a copy of this book to promote on Instagram, but I was interested in the book before the promotion and so I read it right away. This book didn't disappointment me and made me think about more things than just a young girl who loses her mother. ::TRIGGER WARNING:: This story deals with loss and grief as its main theme. There's also discussion of homelessness, the foster care system, and child/domestic abuse. How to Make Friends with the Dark was my first novel by Kathleen Glasgow and I ha I received a copy of this book to promote on Instagram, but I was interested in the book before the promotion and so I read it right away. This book didn't disappointment me and made me think about more things than just a young girl who loses her mother. ::TRIGGER WARNING:: This story deals with loss and grief as its main theme. There's also discussion of homelessness, the foster care system, and child/domestic abuse. How to Make Friends with the Dark was my first novel by Kathleen Glasgow and I have to admit, I'm extremely impressed. The story touches on some interesting topics I never would have thought of. It's also got a lot of emotions and themes to make you continue reading. The story follows Tiger (who's real name is Grace) who for all intents and purposes is your average teenage girl. She's about to finish sophomore year of high school. She's been making out with her long-time crush. She's got a best friend in the entire world. And she has an incredible mother who's a little eccentric, protective, and loving. On a random day, Tiger and her mother have a big fight over a date to the dance. Tiger wanted to protect herself by not talking to her mother all day only to see a photo of a hideous gown she bought for her. Suddenly, Tiger's mother dies of a brain hemorrhage. Because Tiger only has her mother, she's taken in by the state and enters the foster care system.  The next part of the book is watching Tiger go from home to home while in the middle of mourning a mother she loved dearly, but barely knew. I really loved this part because it was a realistic depiction of someone's mourning process. She even dealt with a few of the stereotypical things people say to mourners. She even went over in her head the things she said to her mom before she died. There was a lot of regret in Tiger's personality. She hated that she didn't ask more about her father. She was mad at her mother for not sharing enough about her. Tiger was pushed into a world she knows nothing about without the one person she relies on the most. It's an incredibly stressful time for anyone in that situation. I thought the most interesting part of this novel was depictions of the foster care system. I guess I haven't read many books where kids are shuttled between homes, but this was an interesting overview that I've never seen. I honestly feel bad that I didn't know more, but now I'm more intrigued. However, the main theme of this novel is loss and grief. Tiger's story is only one person who dealt with loss in their own way. It was shocking to see her, how she dwindled down to nearly nothing, but I can imagine how much pain she must be feeling. If you've ever lost someone close to you, then you know that feeling.  As I kept reading, I wanted there to be a break for Tiger. I felt like every step she took was another steep uphill battle. One step forward and two steps back kind of struggle. It felt like her trial would never end. On top of everything, Kathleen Glasgow's writing is so poetic. It almost felt lyrical as she described how Tiger felt. It moved the story forward in a natural way. I was surprised by what happened to Tiger in the end, but Kathleen Glasgow is good enough to hide that surprise until the end. I really recommend this book if you're into sad stories. You may not cry with catharsis, but it may bring up some long forgotten thoughts. I received a copy of this book from Delacorte Press for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maria (Big City Bookworm)

    Note: I'm taking a bit of a hiatus from reviewing this year. I need a bit of a break from the pressures of reviewing, so I'm just going with the flow this year. I'll obviously still be reading, but at my own pace and when I feel like it. Thank you for understanding!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    “Books are good. I can live life safely and without peril in a fictional universe.” Here is what happens when your mother dies. It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart. That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone. Here is how you learn to make “Books are good. I can live life safely and without peril in a fictional universe.” Here is what happens when your mother dies. It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart. That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone. Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark. I was kindly sent this book from Rock the Boat in exchange for an honest review. Firstly I want to say thank you to Rock the Boat and the wonderful author Kathleen Glasgow for giving me an early opportunity to read this book. I have never read a book that has given me so many different emotions. I laughed and I cried. It made me happy, sad and angry, sometimes I felt all those emotions at the same time. Honestly, this book has had such a profound effect on me. I will not EVER forget the time I spent reading this book, it was truly fantastic. At times this book is raw and heart-wrenching, but also powerful in the way that it portrays it. Kathleen shows that even in the darkest times of your life, light will always appear when you least expect it. To me, that is so important. Grief and loss is something people experience everyday, but coping with the said emotions is stigmatised in society and we really do not speak about it enough. If anything this book teaches you that it is okay to not be okay; it is okay to feel sad, lonely, lost .. even angry. It shows you that it is okay to be yourself, to show how you feel and that those that judge you for that are not worthy of being in your life. How to Make Friends with the Dark really made me realise how sometimes I take my life for granted and that sometimes I do not understand how lucky I truly am. I am fortunate enough to have not experienced the events conveyed in this book, however that doesn’t mean it didn’t hit home and have the desired effect on me whilst reading. I’m really struggling with this review because I loved this book so much and I really want to give the book the justice that it deserves. Words are not enough to express what reading this book did to me, the feelings that it gave me and the emotions that I felt. I felt such a connection with the protagonist. I truly felt like I was experiencing the emotional rollercoaster that is her life with her. When she was sad, I was sad. When she was angry, I was angry. I could relate to her so easily and that is due to the wonderful writing style that Kathleen adapts. Her character building and poetic prose really immerses you into the story and helps you to effortlessly make a bond with her characters. I felt really satisfied with the conclusion of her story and for me that is very rare, I cannot pick fault in any part of this book. I loved reading about the people in Tiger’s life, particularly the way they reacted to her personal situation. It really portrayed that whilst peoples behaviour towards her differs, there is no set way one should conduct themselves if faced with this situation. People make mistakes and say the wrong things, even adults which I think is so important to realise. However, a key message for me that I picked up from this particular point is not to walk away. If you truly care about somebody, do not abandon them when they need you most in life just because you don’t know what to say. Know that your presence and a caring ear is all somebody wishes for. AHEM, Kai. I love the relationships that she formed throughout her situation and the way they grew for the duration. It was really heart-warming to see that during such a tragic time of loss, Tiger gained so many life long friends and built stronger existing relationships with those that have always been there. I also love a book that makes any kind of mention about Harry Potter, this book did that several times however the quote I am about to include may be one of my favourite. “How many times will I have to move now? Harry Potter went to his aunt and uncles but he had to live under the stairs. He got Hogwarts, but he still had to go home in the summers. My mother always thought that was bullshit. Dumbledore sending Harry back to a horrible house. He could’ve kept him at Hogwarts, or even with Hagrid. He thought he needed to deprive him of love if hew was going to do what he needed him to do. But I don’t believe that. Not at all.” This quote made me see Harry Potter in a whole new light and I love it. All in all I really did love this book and if you haven’t picked that up from this review you’ve definitely been reading it with your eyes closed. But now open your eyes and GO AND BUY THIS BOOK. You will not regret it. I would recommend that everybody reads this book at some point in their life, it has so many important lessons to teach and it is just so beautiful. A lesson that I will really take away from this book is that no argument is worth falling out with your loved ones for. Do not hold a grudge, move on immediately and remind them just how much you love them. You do not know what will happen tomorrow. “You must go on. I can’t go on. You must go on. Because what other choice is there, really? You have to make friends with the dark.” Again, thank you to Rock the Boat for giving me this fantastic opportunity.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Klancy

    I don't know what it's like to lose someone close to me. I lost my grandma, yes, but I didn't have the close relationship that Tiger had with her mom when she passed. Even so, I could feel Tiger's pain like it was my own. She always described herself as a girl-bug trapped in a jar that people would ogle because they didn't know how to treat her after her mom passed unexpectedly, thrusting her into the foster care system. My heart hurt for Tiger as she tried to learn how to live without her mom. I don't know what it's like to lose someone close to me. I lost my grandma, yes, but I didn't have the close relationship that Tiger had with her mom when she passed. Even so, I could feel Tiger's pain like it was my own. She always described herself as a girl-bug trapped in a jar that people would ogle because they didn't know how to treat her after her mom passed unexpectedly, thrusting her into the foster care system. My heart hurt for Tiger as she tried to learn how to live without her mom. She never took off the dress her mother bought for her the day her mother died, especially because the last words she ever said to her mother was how she wished her mother would leave her alone. She felt so guilty about how she talked to her mother before she passed, and worried that her mother was upset when she suddenly died. As much as I felt Tiger's pain, the story was really slow. Like I said, I don't have the personal experience to comment on Tiger's experience, but I was left wanting more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Locke

    I sobbed through all of it but wow what a beautiful book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Happy Friday, I literally just finished reading How to Make Friends With the Dark today and I loved it so much. I can literally not even describe how much I love it and how much certain parts meant everything to me. Recently, I have had some major things happen in my life and some major changes and I feel like in a way this book has helped me so much to have a place to go during these changes that is sympathetic and gets some of what I am experiencing. SPOILERS AHEAD This is a book about grieving a Happy Friday, I literally just finished reading How to Make Friends With the Dark today and I loved it so much. I can literally not even describe how much I love it and how much certain parts meant everything to me. Recently, I have had some major things happen in my life and some major changes and I feel like in a way this book has helped me so much to have a place to go during these changes that is sympathetic and gets some of what I am experiencing. SPOILERS AHEAD This is a book about grieving and everyone grieves in different ways. In this book Tiger, a girl in high school suddenly loses her mother and when the last thing she said to her mother is something awful Tiger is absolutely lost. Growing up it has always just been Tiger and her mother so she is suddenly thrust into foster care and the taken from everything she knows. During her time in the system, she goes to two drastically different homes before learning she has some blood relatives that can take care of her. Which brings about all new fears for Tiger because Tiger has never even known her father’s name or any other family so the idea of meeting family and then having to live with them is a bit overwhelming. Tiger not only learns about these blood relatives but she learns that this mystery person is a half-sister who is coming from Hawaii to take care of her. She also learns who her father is and where he is. With all these changes Tiger is still grieving and still lost. She is wearing the dress her and her mother fought about the last time they spoke constantly and struggling to deal with this new life. However, everything comes to a breaking point for Tiger when she starts to make some life choices that her mother would not be okay with. I absolutely loved this book. Like I said earlier I felt like it was the perfect safe and sympathetic place I needed right now with all the things I am experiencing. I fully intend to read this book again and I gave it five stars on Goodreads.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rodoreads

    CW: grief, death and everything in-between. Oh boy. This took a long time for me to finish, well considering the fact I finish a book a day?!?!? But I forgot when I started it. “There’s no end to sad children in this world.” Grief, this book is all about grief. Now look, if you're thinking there would be light at the end of the tunnel halfway through the book. You'd be wrong cause things don't look up until the VERY END. The entire 95% of the book was me trying not to die due to chest ache becaus CW: grief, death and everything in-between. Oh boy. This took a long time for me to finish, well considering the fact I finish a book a day?!?!? But I forgot when I started it. “There’s no end to sad children in this world.” Grief, this book is all about grief. Now look, if you're thinking there would be light at the end of the tunnel halfway through the book. You'd be wrong cause things don't look up until the VERY END. The entire 95% of the book was me trying not to die due to chest ache because I felt SO much for Tiger ( our 16 year old protagonist) I cannot even imagine losing a parent. I saw my dad lose his father. I saw how much grief took him down. And I can't, like literally CANNOT imagine how it'd feel. I don't want to either. Tiger had no one but her mum. Who is very overprotective of her and tries to protect her from everything. Getting into an argument with her and later discovering her mom is no longer alive, well, yeah. My heart broke for her. SO MUCH. Can we like talk about the narration? It was so beautiful. Like the chapters are written according to time, time after June's (Tiger's mum's death). I really liked that. Because you can see how everyday went and how much time passed. I like Kathleen Glasgow because she has this raw way of putting out feelings. You feel with all the characters like you're the one who's hurting and you're the one without a parent. I loved the a girl in pieces and I loved this one too. so here's how we make friends with the dark

  29. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    Another gut wrenching & raw masterpiece by Kathleen.. I lost count on how many times I cried, laughed and simply just got lost reading it. One thing I really adore about her books is how real she manages to keep it. Just like with Girl in Pieces, she had so many opportunities to make a sappy teenage love story out of it, but she didn't. She keep it real. And real does mean ugly, uncomfortable or even unsatisfying sometimes... still haven't sorted out my thoughts fully about it so might edit Another gut wrenching & raw masterpiece by Kathleen.. I lost count on how many times I cried, laughed and simply just got lost reading it. One thing I really adore about her books is how real she manages to keep it. Just like with Girl in Pieces, she had so many opportunities to make a sappy teenage love story out of it, but she didn't. She keep it real. And real does mean ugly, uncomfortable or even unsatisfying sometimes... still haven't sorted out my thoughts fully about it so might edit this a bit once I had time to fully progress.. Can't wait to see what next to come tho. Definitely my favourite release of 2019 so far 🖤

  30. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan Bejr

    "This book Is for the grievers This book Is for the left behind This book Is for every broken heart Searching for a home" When I first read Kathleen Glasgow's A Girl in Pieces, I had no idea it was a debut novel. That one hit me right in the core and I didn't realise that something could be so true until I read How to Make Friends With the Dark. This book just broke my heart over and over again and I couldn't imagine that something would get to me as much as this book did. I couldn't believe some of th "This book Is for the grievers This book Is for the left behind This book Is for every broken heart Searching for a home" When I first read Kathleen Glasgow's A Girl in Pieces, I had no idea it was a debut novel. That one hit me right in the core and I didn't realise that something could be so true until I read How to Make Friends With the Dark. This book just broke my heart over and over again and I couldn't imagine that something would get to me as much as this book did. I couldn't believe some of the things that Tiger had to deal with when her mum passed away and she was left an orphan. I find that the story is not so much about what happened but more of the feelings Tiger was coping with. The black chasm, the gaping hole, the dark that became her friend. Many of us have experienced that ourselves and yet so many can't begin to fathom it. My point is made when that girl at school told her to go over her mum being dead and she slapped that bitch so hard, her tooth came out. In that moment, I was rooting for Tiger all the way. One of the biggest lines of the book that got me was right at the end of the book when they're in the grief councilling and the counciller asked "what would you say to your loved one, if you had just one more chance, just one?" "'Write me a letter telling me how to live for the rest of my life without you.' She paused. 'That was sixty-four years ago, and I still would like to know now'". Although I've never lost a close loved one like Tiger lost her Mum, my own chasm developed in another way but I still feel and understand everything that girl feels. Kathleen Glasgow is a skilled author in her own right. I've never read anything quite like the novel she produces. To those out there who have made friends with the dark, I'm right there with you and you are not alone.

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