The one that hits hard: How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow (Book Review) @PRHGlobal #partner #BookLovers

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow book cover

GIFTED / Today I want to talk about a book that really made me emotional, and was not an easy read, but at the same time it was comforting in a way.
How to Make Friends with the Dark was published by Delacorte Press on April 9th 2019 and it has 421 pages.
I want to thank the team from Penguin Random House Global for sending me an e-galley of this novel (in an exchange for an honest review).

ribbon

About the book:

FROM GOODREADS / 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.

ribbon

Review:

Going into How to Make Friends with the Dark I knew I was dealing with heart hitting, emotional prose that will leave me feel low, but nothing prepared me for the amount of emotions I feltl.
This book was heart wrenching in all it means!

I picked this book during a readathon, which was a HUGE mistake. You see, because so many bad things happened to our main character Tiger, it was really hard for me to speed through the story.
So I failed the readathon, but I got so much from this novel, that I’m not even sorry.
Some book just take time, and this is one of those books.
I wouldn’t have it any other way, because even though it was emotionally hard for me to process everything, by taking my time I think I got the most out of it.

The story follows Tiger who’s mother died suddenly. There were only two of them, so without the other parent, Tiger became the property of state, and not only does she grive her mother, but her life also completely changed.

The story talks about grief, friendships, family relationships, foster care and all kinds of domestic violence.
It is really an eye opening book and it makes reader question the system and justice.

The writing style is beautiful. There are many quotes I saved in my notes, that I’ll reread from time to time.
It is written in first person, following Tiger’s POV.

There is no romance in this young adult contemporary, so be aware of that (some readers will be happy about it I guess)!

In the end, I want to recommend How to Make Friends with the Dark to ya contemporary lovers who are looking for an emotional story without romance in it.

four hearts

7 Comments

  1. 😭😭😭 This story sounds soo sooo emotional…and seriously, Tiger’s journey following her mother’s death sounds like unmissable! And not to mention THAT GORGEOUS COVER! ❤️❤️❤️ i am so glad you enjoyed this one, Irena!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I see why it took you time to read this now, and why you failed the readathon. Though I’m glad you think it was worth it. It sounds like a very heavy emotional read. Not one for me but glad you got lots out of it.
    Amanda xx

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wow. This sounds heart-wrenching but so good. I’m a bit unsure about the romance element as I generally tend to enjoy that but I can see why it might not lend much to this story. Lovely review! ❤ Jen

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.