How to Make Friend with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

How to Make Friend with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Rating: (4.5 / 5)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Content: Grief, teen struggle awareness

Synopsis: It has always been Tiger and her mother against the world. So what happens when you lose the one person you thought would always be there? Darkness begins to surround Tiger as she navigates through grief, the foster care system, and deciphering the mystery around who her father is.


This book had me hooked right from the beginning. One of the things I really enjoyed was that it never felt like there were “filler” chapters. All of the content was written with a purpose and it made it such an easy read, while still having a lot of depth. The author covers a variety of issues that teens go through; loss of a parent or loved one, addiction, the struggles and downsides of the foster care system in the United States, as well as dealing with the darkness that comes with it all. The darkness that falls on your mind and your body. I think it definitely helps that the book is based on true events, the authenticity shines through every page.

The characters in this book were all very enjoyable. There was a lot of development in each of them and you get lots of background into what made them the way they are today. Our main character, “Tiger” aka Grace, goes through so much development and truly does go through the 5 stages of grief. Her mom is the only person she has ever really been able to rely on her entire life. They are living paycheck to paycheck and that comes with it’s own struggle once her mother passes away. Since she has no other known family, as her mom kept her dads identity a secret all these years, she ends up in the foster care system. She meets some other kids and teens along the way and truly has to find out who she is without her mother there to take care of her.

I wish I could go into more about what I loved about this book, but I don’t want to give anything away and think you should discover all of the wonderful things about this book on your own. So go read it, now!

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