Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Publication Date: April 11th 2019
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Times Reads
Page Count: 422
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
HERE’S MY REVIEW
This is my first time reading Kathleen Glasgow’s book and I can truly say this book is stunningly written. The moment I receive it I know that this is going to be a rough and emotional read for me. I am actually surprised that this is YA contemporary, because the only thing in the book that is YA is the main character who is sixteen-year-old named Tiger while the topics covered are very heavy and so intense that trigger warnings should be clarified at the beginning.
This book teaches us about grief and loss of our loved ones and how to find ourselves back after facing such tremendous loss. Every time I start a new chapter in the book, my heart aches for Tiger so much because she has so many new and scary things to face yet she does not have her loved ones besides her. I love Kathleen’s writing, by the she uses figurative language to amplify about Tiger’s journey finding herself to make it more effective and impactful to the reader.
Kathleen writes a harsh yet realistic exploration of pain and sadness in a voice who tries to find her own connotation after losing a loved one. How to Make Friends with the Dark truly taught me how painful and excruciating it is to deal with the consequences and reality of having a dead parent, something that I would never comprehend. Kathleen knows how to touch our hearts with Tiger’s story so well. I find myself heartbroken while reading Tiger’s obstacles surviving her life, and laugh at jokes and moments that are hilarious in the book. There are many strong statements in the book that I find to be meaningful, it goes something like; “Sometimes you need to open yourself to the possibility of the miraculous, even though life is harsh to us.”
I am extremely moved by the Author’s Note section. Part of the story is based on the author’s mother and most of it is based on the status of children in America. Not all kids have safe home lives. There are kids who are in foster care, kids who are homeless and kids who have incarcerated parents. Therefore, it is important for us to engage with these children, emotionally and mentally. Open discussion about mental health and depression must be done to help our youngsters. I love it when the book acknowledges websites that can be helpful to those who are in need for instance Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Grief Resources for Teens and Child Welfare.
Thank you Times Reads for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.