Monday’s Not Coming
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre/Themes/Demo: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Release Date: May 22nd 2018
Page Count: 448
Format: ARC provided by the publisher / finished copy provided by Indigo Books & Music.
*Disclaimer: An ARC of Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson was provided to me by the publisher & Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.
Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?
Initial Post Reading Thoughts
Holy shit, this book.
What I Liked
The alternating timelines. I absolutely love when a story contains multiple timelines that are out of order. I know a lot of readers didn’t love this aspect of the story, but honestly, I thought that it made it more memorable and unique. Sure, it was slightly confusing at first, but you get used to it. I also think this writing decision worked very well with the twist towards the end of this novel that I definitely did not see coming.
The pacing and suspense/twist. Not only was there a twist that had me going, “WAIT WHAT?!”, but the pacing and suspense throughout the entire novel had me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to know so badly what had happened to Monday even though I knew that the outcome was most likely going to be tragic.
The hard-hitting content. There are a lot of hard hitting topics that are touched on throughout Monday’s Not Coming that are present from start to finish. It only takes a couple of chapters for you to realize that this is not going to be an easy story to read. It was emotional and heartbreaking throughout the entire thing.
The audiobook. I listened to this story as an audiobook and I absolutely loved the narration. As mentioned above, a lot of fellow readers felt confused by the different timelines that are present in this story and you would think that would mean that it would be even more confusing as an audiobook, but for some reason it wasn’t. I was able to follow along completely fine without any confusion.
The characters. Each and every single character within this story was memorable and wonderfully written. They felt real and raw and relatable. I love a good character driven contemporary, and while the mystery within this novel may have been its main driving point, the strong characters definitely added to the story and made it that much more enjoyable.
What I Didn’t Like
Loved it all. Clearly, this book completely blew me out of the water. I didn’t really know what to expect diving into it, but it was absolute perfection. It is such an important book with such an important story that everyone should be reading.
Overall, I absolutely adored this story and it has quickly become one of my top reads of the year! I can’t wait to read more from Tiffany D. Jackson in the future!
About The Author
Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of the critically acclaimed ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY’S NOT COMING (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). A TV professional by day, novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable Chihuahua, Oscar, most likely multitasking.
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