A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, about the complex mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.
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?
Firstly, I want you all to know that there are some very difficult scenes featuring abuse in this book, so I want to make sure it’s clear that there are TW’s for child abuse/abuse in general.
This was a really strong and memorable novel by Tiffany D. Jackson, and I took a little while to start this review mostly because the ending hit me so hard. Her talent in writing shines in this story, and I’m really hoping to read her other novel now.
3.5/4 stars is a very positive review for me, but the reason it wasn’t 5 stars was a few aspects that took me out of the diegesis of the story.
In Monday’s Not Coming we follow Claudia, a teenager from D.C whose best friend Monday goes missing and nobody seems to care, except her, as she attempts to figure out exactly what has happened with Monday and how she will do anything she can to get her best friend back.
Firstly, the formatting made it really hard for me to understand everything that was going on in a way that I hoped I did. It switches between time periods but remains through the POV of Claudia. I did enjoy how it remained in the mind of Claudia, but the multiple time shifts made the timeline of everything that happened extremely confusing for me. Each timeline was interesting in its own accord, but going between the timelines was hard to follow and when it got towards the end where ties were coming together, I found myself going back and rereading bits to make sure I knew exactly what was happening.
Moving on from that though, I want to talk about what I loved about this.
The ending of Monday’s Not Coming is the most powerful and emotional ending I have ever read . I had to take breaks while reading the last little bit because of just how incredibly heartbreaking it is. The story is one that everyone needs to read, and its an important one. Jackson mentions in both a preface to the ARC and in an interview (that I will link at the end of this review) that its timing comes when reports of around a hundred black teens have gone missing in D.C, with very little media coverage.
Watching the progression of Claudia’s character throughout the book was incredibly interesting and her development is written SO well. That fact that it was written in multiple timelines just goes to show how well Jackson is at developing characters. Claudia goes through so much and her emotions always come right through the pages, I felt so strongly for this character guys.
Claudia’s family is loving and supportive and I loved the scenes with all of them together. This book also features some really important discussions about dyslexia.
I really recommend this book. As I mentioned, the ending is amazing and I will not be forgetting it anytime soon. I keep telling my friends about it because I really just can’t get it out of my head.
Get yourself a copy of this on May 22, 2018!
the interview with Tiffany D. Jackson that I mentioned: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/t…