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How to Make Friends with a Ghost: A depressingly realistic look at platonic soul love


Q: Who will meet you when you die? A: Forget about family. If you are lucky enough to have a Ghost friend, he or she will. For the first time you will share a non-corporeal form with you and able to hold hands. You can skip jump, high-five, and more.

This book a thinly veiled view on the short time we have and the permanence of true friendship...
  • How to Make Friends with a Ghost (Rebecca Green)
  • 40 pages
  • Tundra Books
  • ISBN-10: 1101919019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101919019

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I loved this book. LOVED.
Contrary to mass review and much marketing, this is not a Halloween story. Anyone review you read which makes the comparison or mentions this as a spooky story didn’t get it.

Being that this illustrated book was released in September, I felt that the goal of the publisher was to make a few bones in the thematic fall marketplace. I could not in good faith review this book before November. This is an all year round book.

HMFG is about as scary as the movie Beetlejuice. Much as the characters of Beetlejuice relied on the ‘Handbook for the Recently Deceased’, this book can help you make a ghost your pally.

While the text and handbook presentation is a bit tongue in cheek, the illustrations tell an entirely different story. The pictures describe a warm friendship between a girl and a spirit. This friendship lasts an entire lifetime and beyond. I do not have a spirit friend, and after reading this, I felt a little lonely. No, seriously. I was not one for imaginary or spirit friends growing up and I am a little unhappy with the universe right now.

Presented as a DIY/HowTo guide, Rebecca Green has laid out a series of steps on how to identify, befriend, care for, and grow into adulthood with the undead.

More questions:


  • Q: What are good foods to cook with your friend? A: Floating Spaghetti and Mudballs
  • Q: Where should your ghost sleep? A: In a dark corner of the attic, preferably with a chill and some ambiance spiderwebs.
  • Q: Can you read this book to children? A: Yes, absolutely. It is cute, whimsical, and approaches the concept of physical impermanence with a wink and a nod. The last page made me cry. Not like boredom from stereo instructions tears, actual ‘my heart broke a little’ tears.
  • Q: But what about God and Heaven and ________ insert another topic here ________? A: Seriously? It’s a cute book which has some dark undertones. Read it, love it, have some hard conversations. You owe it to your kid(s).
  • Q: I don’t have kids and I have no desire for those urine filled mewling cabbages to be around me. Can I still read this? A: Yes.


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  • Q: Should you disclose this was a free book sent to you by the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review, even if said review was incredibly negative, but ultimately hoping that you would enjoy it and provide a favorable viewpoint? A: Yes. The disclosure is provided in the question above. Consider my opinion positive.



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