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How to Make Friends With The Dark

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How to Make Friends With The Dark

HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK covers topics such as death, addiction, abuse, bullying, friendship, love and family bonds.

For Tiger’s whole life, it’s always been her and her mom. When her mother suffers from a brain aneurysm and passes away suddenly, everything seems to be going downhill. Tiger becomes a ward of the state of Arizona in the foster care system, sharing homes with kids who have been abused and neglected. Along with the everyday grief and guilt after her last words to her mother were out of anger, Tiger is also forced to plan her mother's funeral and final resting spot. With no known living relatives, she struggles with finding a sense of belonging and family as she bounces from house to house.

There were many great aspects of HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK. The style of first person writing allows the reader to feel Tiger’s grief and regret firsthand. I thought that she was overall a great character who faced a tragedy and handled it in a way that seemed very realistic, which is important in discussing any serious issue. At times I felt as if the pacing of the book was strange. Some parts moved too fast or dragged on for longer than was necessary. When I first began reading the book, I often found myself flipping back to the summary. The time spent leading up to some of the main plot points such as her mother’s death was unnecessarily long. From then on, I found the novel to be very intriguing and fast-paced. I also grew very fond of the foster kids that Tiger met throughout her journey.

I was highly disappointed with the development of the secondary characters and wish that they had been a part of the story a bit more. Not only were some characters brought into the story for short periods of time and then seemingly disregarded, there were also some extremely significant topics such as suicide, abuse and criminal justice that were touched on for short periods of time in the novel and then set aside. Although they played smaller roles in the book, there were some characters later on in the story who I found very inspirational and incredible based on the leadership roles that they played in Tiger’s life. These characters helped point her in the right direction and gave her hope in the darkest of times. Overall I liked the main subject and characters in the book. I think that Glasgow did an incredible job of creating raw emotion that drew in the reader and allowed us to sympathize with those who have faced losses of relatives or important people in their lives.

I would recommend this book to a mature teen who is looking for a great book that will take them through a rollercoaster of emotions. This is a great late night read and is impossible to put down.

Reviewed by Mia M. on June 25, 2019

How to Make Friends With The Dark
by Kathleen Glasgow

  • Publication Date: April 9, 2019
  • Genres: Fiction, Friendship, Romance
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • ISBN-10: 1101934751
  • ISBN-13: 9781101934753