Arc Review - How To Make Friends With The Dark


Title: How to Make Friends with the Dark

Author: Kathleen Glasgow

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Delacorte Press 

Publication Date: October 11, 2018 

Links: Goodreads | BookBub | Amazon

Source: NetGalley

Rating: ★★★★★


Brief Synopsis: 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 

My Thoughts (May Include Spoilers): From the very beginning of this book, tears streamed down my face, uncontrollably. No matter where I was; at my house, at work or our in the world, I couldn’t put this book down or stop crying. Kathleen Glasgow has brought to life the feeling of loss in such a gripping, realistic way that it only makes sense that she has felt this kind of loss in her own personal life.  This story starts with Before. Before Tiger loses her mother, June. You are there with her before, during and after this crushing loss. We then follow Tiger as she is moved between foster homes and we experience the good and bad characters that Tiger comes into contact with. Tiger may have just lost her mom, but through a very dark road, she finds new people to call family. This book really opened by eyes to foster care and adoption. I had no idea how it all worked and how sad it is. To lose your family and be thrust into this chaotic ecosystem where you have no freedom is absolutely shocking. If you are struggling with loss, mental health or anything else. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Although I cried a lot, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend everyone check it out. The cover is gorgeous, the story is addicting and you won’t be able to put it down. Thank you NetGalley for gifting me this book.

Items You Need While Reading:


Photo of your Mom (or Dad/Guardian/Closet Family Member)

Favorite Item of Clothing

My Notes While Reading This Book:

Cry from start to finish

Want to adopt

it’s crazy how when they turn 18 they have no home. 

Thanks for checking out my thoughts on How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow!

xx Samantha