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.
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications (11 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786075644
- ISBN-13: 978-1786075642
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)