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Monday's Not Coming

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  16,509 ratings  ·  3,416 reviews
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 alon ...more
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Published May 22nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emma Giordano
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Extremely touching. This book strikes a beautiful balance between a sweet story of friendship and profound story of loss and confusion. Review to come!

CW: racism, homophobia, substance use, abuse, domestic violence

I absolutely adored this story for it's strong message of friendship. Claudia and Monday have such a deep connection. All of the flashbacks containing scenes of Claudia and Monday persevering against bullies, making sense of who they want to be, and just sharing genuine moments of an i
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

As with Allegedly, this extremely touching YA Contemporary novel is heavy and emotionally, a lot to process.

Following a young girl, Claudia, after the disappearance of her best friend, Monday, Monday's Not Coming is sure to tear at your heartstrings.

Tackling real life issues, Jackson never shies away from hitting the reader in the face with reality. Hard.

This book hurt my heart, mind and soul. It was so good, so important, so intense.

I need more people to read it.

Emily May
This is the story of how my best friend disappeared. How nobody noticed she was gone except me. And how nobody cared until they found her . . . one year later.

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. Even though I disliked the ending of Jackson's Allegedly, it was still a strong, gripping and important book, and I couldn't wait for the author to write something else. What's most disappointing about Monday's Not Coming is that it is an important book, but it isn't very strong, and i
daph pink  君は
A painfully intelligent tale of child abuse, love and best friends with a few complications but if we ignore them it was WOW, SIMPLY WOW!

If you read the synopsis there is this comment by Laurie Halse Anderson "mesmerizing punch in gut" ACCURATE !

Before we begin here is trigger warning :- child abuse / homophobic comments / depiction of poverty / verbal abuse/ bullying/ torture / anxiety / trauma / parents neglect

It's important to tell because I don't want any of you to experience any anxiety o
This is my first book from Tiffany D. Jackson, and I’m super impressed. Lately I’ve been avoiding all things YA, but I’ve been recommended this book so many times I finally decided to listen to the audiobook, and I’m so glad I did. This story is heartbreaking and touching and so powerful. We follow this young girl named Claudia who’s best friend Monday goes missing, and she is trying to figure out why it seems like nobody cares.

I was really intrigued by the mystery of where Monday went, but I al
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** 4.5 stars **

I don't know if I'll be able to write an actual review using words. I'll try but until then I leave you this. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

Me before reading Monday's Not Coming:
Please please please please PLEASE don't let this ruin me.

Me once I started reading:
Damn. Tiffany D. Jackson ain't easing into this?!

Me getting confused by the Before, Before the Before, After, One year before the before: does this before chapter take place right after the last before chapter?

Me when shit
Ellen Gail
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, crying-now
How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

Allegedly scrambled my brain with a spork. Monday's Not Coming went for my heart instead.

I haven't had a case of the post-book sads this bad since I finished Living Dead Girl. The book hangover is going to be real.

Monday's Not Coming isn't a perfect book. The timelines can get confusing. The big twist didn't have quite the impact that Allegedly did. But the emotion beneath it all rang clear, and that's what made the
Cristina Monica
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a human and inhuman story.
I really liked this. While it does contain mystery and thriller elements, this felt more like an exploration of community relationships, classism and respectability politics. As well as the major issues that this book draws attention to, some of which are spoilers, but the obvious one is the lack of attention paid by authorities to missing black girls. This is a real issue with devastating community consequences. I was very over protective of my teenage daughter as a result.
Elle (ellexamines)
May 23, 2017 marked it as tbz
Shelves: author-love
Putting this on hold at 15% because I'm not a huge fan of the audiobook narration - I think it leans a bit young for me? So far, though, I'm intrigued, and I'll definitely be coming back to this, hopefully soon!!
I swear, I haven't been this continuously anxious since watching HBO's "The Night Of." This book filled me with dread, and maintained this dread almost all the way to the end. This is a story of Claudia who is searching for her best friend, her only friend, her soul sister, Monday. Only, it seems, nobody cares about Monday - not her parents, not authorities, not the school. Well, they sort of care, but every request to check for Monday's wellbeing simply falls through the cracks. Beyond that, it ...more
C.G. Drews
This is so compelling and haunting and devastating. I finished the audiobook and honestly felt like...sobbing? Just, it stayed with me and I couldn't stop thinking about it. The end plot twists threw me, but just the sickening dawning spiral down into realising there was no happy ending to this book. (Which I knew because I've read/loved all the other Tiffany D Jackson books and she RUINS her readers and I love her for it.)

It's about complex, deeply tight friendships between two girls who desper
Kate (GirlReading)
Monday’ Not Coming was utterly devastating, gripping, dark, intense and it messed with my mind on multiple levels. The various relationships and characters in this were superbly written, with voices brilliantly human and real. This had my heart beating 1000x a minute and breaking in equal measures. I will say that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the structure of the book and therefore found the timeline a little hard to follow at times. There were also some potentially harmful plot points, which was ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Look at that rating! I only have one thing to ask . . . .

I realize I’m a monster for giving this so few stars, but it is what it is.

Before I get ahead of myself let me tell you that . . . .

“This is the story of how my best friend disappeared. How nobody noticed she was gone except me. And how nobody cared until they found her . . . one year later.”

Claudia and Monday were supposed to write letters every week during th
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I know what you’re thinking. How can a whole person, a kid, disappear and no one say a word? Like, if the sun just up and left one day, you’d think someone would sound an alarm, right? But Ma used to say, not everyone circles the same sun. I never knew what she meant by that until Monday went missing.

This is a pretty heartbreaking novel, but it has it's issues. And that's unfortunate because it has this important message revealing a system that's broken as missing girls are overlooked. (and
Jar of Death Pick # 10(10th finished)

4.5 Stars

Can Tiffany D. Jackson write one book that doesn't make me abandon all hope for humanity?

A couple years ago I read Tiffany D. Jackson's debut novel Allegedly and it gutted me. I literally threw the book across the room when I finished it.

T.H.A.T. E.N.D.I.N.G!!!

I loved it but it ruined me. So when I heard about her next book Monday's Not Coming I was both excited and terrified. Guys! I got this book the day it came out but I refused to read it. I kn
johely (bookrokosmos)
I’m emotional... don’t touch me
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"Who's really responsible for your well-being? Your family, the government, or your community?"
Monday's Not Coming is a standalone YA/mystery novel written by Tiffany D. Jackson. Although a bit taxing to follow with its three alternating timelines and unfortunately not incredibly engaging IMO, it incorporates very real and important themes related to our most vulnerable resource (our children) falling through the cracks of our nation's various systems. But as the quote above suggest
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Maria (Big City Bookworm)

*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.


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 un
J Beckett
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
In 2012 I worked in Washington DC. Amidst the chaos, omnipresent politics, and scurrying of residents and visitors toward an unknown end, something clouded the purpose, redefining the mood. DC was, and remains, an enigma; the best and worse of the best and worse.

Four hours into my first day I was told the story of four children. It seemed to be a required post-employment discussion. My career as an educator was filled with stories about abused children and homes unfit for the rodents the borrowe
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Content warnings: Bullying, slut-shaming (challenged), systemic racism and classism (challenged), on-the-page and off-the-page child abuse, off-the-page domestic violence, and possibly more.

The Only Thing That Didn't Work For Me:
The reason for the "Before", "Before the Before", "After", etc., timeline didn't work for me. I appreciate the uniqueness but I think it takes us out of the story a bit in the end because the reasoning for it wasn't written in a believable way.

Why I Recommend Moving This
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

This was honestly quite a surprise for me! When I started it, I figured it would take me a while to get invested in the mystery in a gradual way. It actually hooked me in after twenty pages and from then on I devoured every page with anticipation. For a mystery novel, I think it does a decent job at not only providing a problem that needs to be solved, but also giving the characters more nuance and making them feel like real people.

Monday's Not Coming is about our main character Gloria
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, tlb, ya, apl
While I didn't enjoy this as much as Jackson's debut, I'm glad I stuck with it. Another overlook on my part; I wasn't aware that the narrator is actually in middle school. Claudia's voice felt very young & naïve (now I understand why) & was debating whether or not to continue. Usually I have a difficult time sympathizing with these kinds of characters in novels categorized in YA. Considering how much I enjoyed ALLEGEDLY, I decided to give Jackson the benefit of the doubt. By 3/4 in, it becomes c ...more
Traci at The Stacks
I was with this book from the start. I’m not usually I to YA but this one worked for me. I needed to see how it unfolded. The suspense was great and the book has heart. It also speaks to issues not a lot of other folks are speaking to.

There were some timeline issues and it could’ve been shorter in spots for me but it still worked and the payoff was worth it.
g a b s ⚡
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i never want to read this book again the ending was horrible goodbye everyone i'll remember you all in therapy
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, audio
Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent by the author of Allegedly

The importance of the topic at the center of this book cannot be overstated. It’s a tough one. It’s painful to acknowledge that things like this happen in our society and tackling that subject at even a base level forces the reader to look at all the ugliness of race, poverty, privilege, and all the ways the system(s) can and does fail the children they are sworn to protect. Kudos to the author for going a
Oof, man, oof. Jackson does not pull punches with her stories.

Whereas ALLEGEDLY gripped me, sometimes terrified me, twisted me up in knots, MONDAY'S NOT COMING, by contrast, was an equally important story -- this time about the children, particularly those of colour, (and in this case, a young Black girl) who go missing -- but failed to maintain that same intensity, of suspense. There was definitely some dread to be felt, as a reader, knowing that this would not have a happy ending, but getting
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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. 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 multitaski ...more

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