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Monday's Not Coming

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  19,023 ratings  ·  3,904 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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Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

As with Jackson's debut novel, Allegedly, this extremely moving YA Contemporary story 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 peopl
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
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 ♡
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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Michelle (MichelleReadsYA)
Shelves: read-in-2021
First 5 star book of the year. This was really hard to read at times but WOW was it incredible. Tiffany D. Jackson does hard-hitting contemporary like no other.

TW: child abuse/neglect, miscarriage, pregnancy complications, homophobia, slut shaming
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
TW for child abuse, miscarriage, homophobia

This was one of the hardest books I've ever read and it was heartbreaking as Claudia went on a journey of trying to find out what happened to her best friend, Monday. The narrative structure was very interesting and I didn't really have that hard of a time following it until the end. We would jump around Claudia's life from before Monday went missing to after and then in between. There was something that happened at the end that made the timeline harder
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
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.
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
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!! ...more
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
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
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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
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
cielo (bookrokosmos)
I’m emotional... don’t touch me
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BookDuck | Maddie
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
⭐️ 3 Stars ⭐️


TW: Racism, homophobia, substance use, abuse, domestic violence

I really wanted to love this book but this book just ended up being mediocre and confusing especially towards the end. It has such an important story and deals with heavy topics such as Abuse, domestic violence and drug usage. It deals with a story of a girl just wishing she could be with her best friend and wanting to know what happened to her.

One of the major problems in this book is the timel
Books R Life ☕
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!! Had me tearing up happy and sad tears
"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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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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

*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
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, ya, apl, tlb
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
h o l l i s
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
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 ...more
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Tiffany D. Jackson is the New York Times Bestselling author of YA novels including the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming, the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly, Let Me Hear A Rhyme, and her 2020 title GROWN. She received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decad ...more

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