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Publisher's Summary

From The New York Times best-selling author of Girl in Pieces comes a novel about love and loss and learning how to continue when it feels like you're surrounded by darkness that Karen M. McManus, The New York Times best-selling author of One of Us Is Lying, calls "rare and powerful".

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.

"Stunning and beautifully written." (HelloGiggles)

"A rare and powerful novel, How to Make Friends with the Dark dives deep into the heart of grief and healing with honesty, empathy, and grace." (Karen M. McManus, New York Times best-selling author of One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret)

"Breathtaking and heartbreaking, and I loved it with all my heart." (Jennifer Niven, New York Times best-selling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe)

©2019 Kathleen Glasgow (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“A rare and powerful novel [that] dives deep into the heart of grief and healing with honesty, empathy, and grace.” (Karen M. McManus, New York Times best-selling author of One of Us Is Lying)

“In this raw, powerful, and heartbreaking meditation on loss and grief, Glasgow writes with unflinching beauty. We meet Tiger Tolliver at her most broken - at her darkest moment - and yet, somehow, [she] teaches us how to let the light in.” (Julie Buxbaum, New York Times best-selling author of Tell Me Three Things)

“Breathtaking and heartbreaking, and I loved it with all my heart.” (Jennifer Niven, New York Times best-selling author of All the Bright Places)

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beautiful as always!

my second book I've listened to by Kathleen Glasgow and it was just as incredible as the first (Girl In Pieces) the narrator was nice to follow and I enjoyed the inflections and tones she used. the story was painfully beautiful and made me think a lot. I highly recommend to all audiences.

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Grab your tissues

I saw a recommendation for this book online and I was a bit skeptical because the target audience is probably teen girls and I am not a teen girl. Regardless of your age this is a book worth reading. A story worth thinking about. You might end up in tears but most of the important things in life usually end up that way.

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heartbreaking and brilliant

this book pulls you along the whole way. raw and familiar. kathleen glasgow writes with her heart.

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It hit home (losing a loved one)

I wasn’t sure why I was drawn to this book. I’m glad I read it. This book (what I paid attention to more) talks about dealing of losing some and the journey of going through grief. I related to this book so much because I lost my daughter in a house fire all of a sudden. I knew every emotion the character was feeling. I was so into this book, that I had to tell myself “this isn’t real”. But that’s how you know it’s a good book, when it takes you places and it makes it feel real. Ms. Glasgow please make more of these books! This is absolutely my favorite book of all time!

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A Nice Forgettable Book

I read the reviews of this book and fully expected a full-blown tear-jerker. Maybe I've read too many tear-jerkers and my soul is immune to emotion, but I was not emotional by the least reading this book. Nonetheless, the story line kept me interested as Tiger journeyed through the aftermath of losing her mother, getting thrown into the foster care system, and finding her feet again through grief. A good read, but not a great one.

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Valuable and thought provoking. But the cussing! Yikes!

Overall, I loved it. Well written and believable of a 16 year old voice. The performance is great! I just wish that the cussing was not so prevalent. Yes, if I lost my parents at 16, cussing would happen. But, the amount in the book is such that I don’t know if I want to share it with my 17 year old granddaughter that lost her Mom. A few, well placed (lol) swear words would have been more powerful, and much less distracting.

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Enjoyable

I had to skip the beginning and some middle sections to get to the story. I felt Tigers pain, trauma, and sadness because of her mothers death and the narration was very well done. I didn't love it like some reviews on here but it was worth credit

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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!!!

This book touched my heart❤️ I have experienced my fair share of pain and grief so far in life and this book did an amazing job at showing the ins and outs of mourning the death of a parent in your youth. 15/10 would recommend if you have the emotional capacity for it!

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This book was pretty dark and was not easy to listen to. I don't know if it was the reader or the subject matter, but it was not my type of book at all.

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a must read

so necessary for those who are greiving and for those who aren't . I loved this book so much for its realness in thoughts and emotions