Mini Reviews: Internment & How to Make Friends with the Dark

Today I’ve got my thoughts on two powerful, emotional reads so check them out below!


InternmentInternment by Samira Ahmed

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic, Dystopia

Pages: 387 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

I loved Samira Ahmed’s debut and while Internment is just as breathtaking and compelling, it certainly has it’s differences. With a near-future setting, this book tackles Islamophobia and the dangerous paths that hate has a way of leading people down. It’s terrifying and all too real especially in this day and age as well as the past. Layla is passionate and stubborn and her inner voice is just as powerful as her outward actions. This book is definitely one of hope despite it’s hard to read moments and I honestly think it’s a vital read for everyone.


HowtoMakeFriendswiththeDarkHow to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Published by Delacorte Press on April 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic

Pages: 421 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: 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.

If you’re looking for a book that will tear you to pieces and leave you weeping, than look no further than How to Make Friends with the Dark. It’s an emotional tale of a mother’s death and how a daughter copes with the aftermath. It’s also opens the reader’s eyes to the foster care system and the realities that many children face. Even though I know the pain of losing a parent, Tiger definitely deals with drastic differences and suffers on a scale far removed from what i know. That doesn’t make this book any less powerful though. Where I found some issues were with the writing and connection to characters outside the MC, otherwise it’s an interesting take on loss, grief, and moments that change everything.


Have you read either of these books? Enjoy stories that leave you emotionally drained?

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