How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow is a YA Contemporary story of mental health and grief.
“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.”
Published: 9 April 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: Hardcover from Local Library
Kathleen Glasgow comes back with another dark contemporary novel that will leave you thinking.
It’s a story of grief after her mother passes and she begins to blame herself. She ties herself to the thing that reminds her most of her mom: the dress. Hoping from foster to foster, we get to see the mental aspect she has to hurdle through and the struggles she faces alone (or at least this is how she feels).
But it’s not only a dark story, there are lighter moments scattered throughout and ends happier. There may be triggers for foster abuse, suicide, bullying, and self-esteem.
I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for YA readers who love exploring mental health.
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