ARC Review: How To Make Friends With The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Title: How To Make Friends With The Dark
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publication Date: May 2nd 2019
Publisher: Rock the Boat (Oneworld)
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
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Blurb Description: 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.

I fell in love with Kathleen Glasgow’s writing in her debut novel, Girl in Pieces, when I read it a few years ago. It was raw, heart-breaking and real and it was probably one of the best novels I’d read that dealt with being alone and learning to love yourself.

Which is why, when I heard about How to make friends with the dark from Rock the Boat I knew I would have to read it.


1.       This was QUITE A SLOW BOOK. I mean, I didn’t expect it to be fast paced like a fantasy novel, but after 400 pages, I’m not fully sure what I read, just that it was quite slow. The main character went through an intense journey, and we were really introduced to ‘the system’ but it was quite a slow and dragging book altogether.

2.       I expected quite a lot from Kathleen Glasgow’s writing, especially with her writing in Girl in Pieces as a kind of blueprint in the back of my mind, but I feel like this book didn’t capture grief and pain as well as that one did. I occasionally felt sad, but I struggled to connect with this book.

3.       There were a lot of things I LOVED as well, but especially all the foster siblings, particularly Thaddeus and the two younger children. I loved how they interacted with one another. It’s not something I really thought about before, and it was quite touching to see.

4.       I also really like the people in Grief Group and Cake (also plus points for the unique names, especially Cake and Tiger). They were well-rounded individuals and I liked learning their stories.  

5.       While this was a nice enough book, it lacked that special something that I was looking forward to from a Kathleen Glasgow book. I wasn’t rooting for anybody, I was uninvested in the storyline and I honestly was reading a little mechanically.

Would I recommend this book? I’d recommend that you borrow it from a friend/ the library! I would, however, recommend Girl in Pieces. That book was a masterpiece. 

Kathleen GlasgowKathleen Glasgow is the author of the New York Times bestseller Girl in Pieces (also a Target Book Club pick--seriously!) and her upcoming release, How To Make Friends With The Dark. Proud faulty robot. Visit her on Twitter (@kathglasgow), Instagram (misskathleenglasgow), or her website (

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