How to Make Friends with the Dark

Pages: 432
Imprint: Rock the Boat

How to Make Friends with the Dark

Kathleen Glasgow

The story of an awful, universe-gone-mad-mistake, and one girl's emotional battle for clarity and forgiveness
9781786075642 (11 Apr 2019)
RRP £7.99

The Book


The story of an awful, universe-gone-mad-mistake, and one girl's emotional battle for clarity and forgiveness

Tiger's mother has always been her whole world, but now she's sixteen her mother's control over everything in her life is suffocating. Just when Tiger feels she can no longer bear the way her life is managed, the unimaginable happens and her mother dies. As she slowly begins to make a way for herself

Tiger creates a new kind of family, some related and some not, who will love her and travel forward with her.

This is how you make friends with the dark.

Additional Information

Pages 432
Imprint Rock the Boat


About the Author

Kathleen Glasgow is the author of the New York Times bestseller Girl in Pieces, which has been published in 21 countries. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she works in an office by day and spins stories by night. You can find her on Twitter @kathglasgow, on Instagram as @misskathleenglasgow or on her website


"Breathtaking and heartbreaking, and I loved it with all my heart."

- Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

‘Magnificent. A beautiful, heartbreaking alleluia to survival.'

- Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys

‘Lyrical, devastating, witty and raw - this is Kathleen Glasgow at her best. Her fans will not be disappointed to fall in love with Tiger Tolliver, no matter how much she breaks their hearts.'

- Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, author of The Smell of Other People’s Houses

‘Tiger Tolliver is so vulnerable and real, you'll want to turn your porch light on and have the spare room ready for her. In How to Make Friends with the Dark, Kathleen Glasgow's prose begs and pleads and grasps at the light, like a prayer.'

- Lygia Day Peñaflor, author of All of This is True

‘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 bestselling 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, How to Make Friends with the Dark teaches us how to let the light in.'

- Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love

‘Beautifully written and profoundly moving.  From page one, Tiger Tolliver grabs your heart with her pain, her courage, her humor - and she doesn't let go.  Tiger, Cake, and Thaddeus (and Mae-Lynn, and Shayna, and Lupe, and LaLa, and Sarah, and Leonard, and June...all of Glasgow's deeply wrought characters) will stay with me for a long time to come.'

- Alyssa Sheinmel, New York Times bestselling author of A Danger to Herself and Others

How to Make Friends with the Dark is a bold, fearlessly crafted story of loss and love. Kathleen Glasgow's prose commands the page with its trademark beauty and grace and Tiger Tolliver is a character readers will root for every step of the way - and won't soon forget.' 

- Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

'This had me gripped from the very first page. Tiger is such a beautiful character, I just wanted to sweep her up in a massive hug! The themes of grief, anger and isolation are tackled so sensitivity and the characters feel so real that you end up hurting for them.'

- Eve Ainsworth, author of Seven Days

‘A book as fierce, tender, and rare as its aptly named heroine, Tiger. How to Make Friends with the Dark is a gorgeously nuanced meditation on grief and family, and the incredible love that can pull you through the darkest of times.'

- Meg Leder, author of Letting Go of Gravity

'Kathleen Glasgow is the rare type of skilled storyteller that knows you have to hurt your characters before putting them back together. I loved every word of this lyrical and devastating novel.'

- Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders

Praise for Girl in Pieces:

‘Intimate and gritty… Glasgow mines the darkness and, ultimately, offers the glimmer of recovery.' Irish Times 

'Vivid…a difficult, challenging, but important read.' The School Librarian

'A haunting, beautiful and necessary book.' Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything

‘Vivid, devastating and beautifully written.' Julie Schumacher, author of Black Box and NYT bestseller Dear Committee Members

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