Cover image for A month of Mondays / Joëlle Anthony.
A month of Mondays / Joëlle Anthony.
Publication Information:
Toronto, ON : Second Story Press, 2017.

Physical Description:
336 pages ; 20 cm


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Suze Tamaki's life gets turned upside down when her mother suddenly reappears after a ten-year absence. Once Suze gets over her initial cynicism, she thinks it might be cool to get to know her mom. But her older sister Tracie - who has been as much mother as sister at times - is determined to make Suze's life a misery for even considering it. At school things aren't much better, as one of her teachers decides the way to cure her apathy about class is to move her into Honors English - a development Suze finds both inspiring and distressing. When she's paired with straight-A student Amanda on an English assignment, she finds herself caring about people's expectations like she's never done before.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Suze Tamaki was three years old when her mother, Caroline, walked out on the family. Now, 10 years later, Caroline has returned to Victoria, B.C., ready to get to know Suze and her older sister, Tracie. After Caroline left, Tracie and Suze made a pact, promising never to speak to their mother again. Suze is secretly curious about Caroline, but Tracie is holding her to their promise, so Suze keeps her meetings with Caroline a secret. Suze is also balancing problems with friends and at school: Suze keeps getting sent to the office, and her grades are average at best, though Suze's English teacher sees her potential, moving her into an honors class. Anthony's (The Right & the Real) characters, both central and secondary, are fully dimensional, and Suze and Caroline's frustrations are realistically portrayed as they make awkward attempts at a fresh start (such as when Caroline unthinkingly gives Suze a gift basket that includes a bottle of Prosecco). Suze's dry-borderline sardonic-narration makes for thoroughly entertaining reading as Anthony sympathetically explores the vulnerability of the early teen years. Ages 9-13. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.