Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Genres: YA, contemporary, mystery, fiction
My Rating: 5 Stars
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?
I read Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson a couple months ago, and I loved it so much. You can read my review about that one here. Monday’s Not Coming has similar overarching themes, but are two extremely different stories recently I’ve been thinking about what to recommend to someone if they like a certain kind of book or whatever. I think if you liked Sadie or listen to (especially this season of) The Fall Line Podcast, you’ll enjoy this book.
From the very beginning of this book, you know nothing good happened to Monday. There’s a sense of dread throughout the whole book. When will we find her, how bad is it going to be? Jackson shows great skill in planting slight clues and adding tension and drama throughout this book. To the point where I dug out my big wireless headphones and walked around Hannaford listening so I didn’t have to stop while I was grocery shopping.
The one “negative” I have, is the timeline can be a bit confusing, but after finishing the book, I’m pretty sure it’s designed that way. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you’re reading it and the timelines feel hard to keep straight or something doesn’t seem quite right, keep going, it’ll make sense later.
I loved the friendship between Claudia and Monday. Even though Monday is missing for most of the book, there were flashback scenes were we as readers get to know Monday and see an incredible personality. Claudia’s fight for someone to listen to her because something is wrong is great. I hope that if something happens to me, I have people who will fight at hard a Claudia did to get someone to listen. (Also it would be a great episode of Dateline if only because of the amount of Dateline I watch, but this book review is not about how great a Dateline episode my disappearance and/or murder would be because that’s weird and I should stop thinking about it.)
This is definitely the kind of book that I’m going to go back to, there are little pieces of great foreshadowing I didn’t recognize as such until after the reveal. I love those kinds of things, so I think I’ll be checking this book out again in the future.
Overall, this book is a Grade A amazing novel. There are about a million different trigger warnings you should probably be aware of before hopping into this one I’m going to make them white text just in case. TW: Child Abuse, Child Death, Homophobia, child neglect, memory issues, and probably more. I do think this book is worth picking up if you can read some difficult topics. I think Tiffany D. Jackson is an author to look out for in the future.
Until next time Internet,