If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come by Jen St. Jude is billed as being for fans of We Are Okay and They Both Die at the End, and those are both absolutely correct. I would also add We Are the Ants, All That’s Left in the World, and especially The Last True Poets of the Sea, and I am also correct! The point is that if you love absolutely gorgeous writing, thoughtful mental health rep, and nuanced meditations on love, life, death, suicidal ideation, and finding hope and love through it all this book is a can’t-miss. It’s out May 9th from Bloomsbury Books, and here’s the official story:
If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come by Jen St. Jude
Avery Byrne has secrets. She’s queer; she’s in love with her best friend, Cass; and she’s suffering from undiagnosed clinical depression. But on the morning Avery plans to jump into the river near her college campus, the world discovers there are only nine days left to live: an asteroid is headed for Earth, and no one can stop it.
Trying to spare her family and Cass additional pain, Avery does her best to make it through just nine more days. As time runs out and secrets slowly come to light, Avery would do anything to save the ones she loves. But most importantly, she learns to save herself. Speak her truth. Seek the support she needs. Find hope again in the tomorrows she has left.
If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come is a celebration of queer love, a gripping speculative narrative, and an urgent, conversation-starting book about depression, mental health, and shame.