MONDAY'S NOT COMING is at once the most gorgeous and devastating pageturner you'll read this year. It's a little too intense to read in one sitting (you'll want to slow the pace), but you won't be able to put it down for long. It's that good.
The novel is, in its simplest form, the story of a friendship. Claudia and Monday were inseparable up until the year Monday disappeared. After a summer away, Claudia can't find her best friend anywhere: she's not in school nor at her house, and not one other person seems to notice her absence. Wracked with grief and confusion, Claudia pursues every lead to find Monday, even as her obsession with discovering the truth diminishes her own grip on reality.
Jackson's second novel is as suspenseful and addictive as her first (Allegedly), again demonstrating the author's remarkable ability to bring complex characters to life despite their tendencies to obscure parts of their lives from each other, readers, and themselves. Although some of the story's subject matter is bleak (i.e. abuse, poverty, gentrification, trauma), Claudia's search for Monday is largely underpinned by themes of family, love, and hope: showcasing Claudia's strength in the face of immense darkness. —Aubrey Restifo
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