Monday's Not Coming
From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gillian Flynn about the 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 frien...more
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 it ...more
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 bo ...more
As with Allegedly, I definitely need time to process what I just read. This book has hurt my heart and I just need some time. It was so good, so important, so intense...I need more people to read this.
Original: I just received this in the mail today and cannot wait to start. Commence reading immediately...
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:
Wait...so does this before chapter take place right after the last before chapter?
Me when shit ...more
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 the summer wh ...more
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 th ...more
"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 suggests, this ...more
*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 memorabl ...more
If a middle school student disappears, shouldn’t people care? If that ch ...more
This story follows Claudia, a young teen who has a best friend named Monday. When Claudia returns to school at the start of the year, Monday isn’t there and no one seems to have any idea where she is. Told in three timelines, the story explores the relationship between Monday and Claudia as the mystery of her disappearance is unraveled.
The premise ...more
8/17/2017: look, her debut novel is one of my all-time favorite books. I can't even imagine how good this will be.
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 ...more
“...It’s hard facing a mirror and seeing all you are made of and all you couldn’t absorb. But I’m open to be changed. To be in a place where I can hold all the colors I love at once, appreciate what they are and learn from them. I’m open to new beginnings.”
This is 100% a case where me not liking the book is a personal preference thing and no fault at all to the book. I’m positive a lot of people will enjoy Monday’s Not Coming, and I encourage you to give the story a shot. It’s a bea ...more
I wasn’t bored but again, nothing happened!! A lot of this book was just filler and I cared about all the wrong characters. I didn't care about the story!!
I'm VERY confused about this story. The plot twist...was me just sitting there like “Oh.”. I didn’t feel anything, in fact, if anything, I was let down. Normally whe ...more
"Leave her out in the heat too long and her banana peel would start to rot. The tip of her highlighter blackens with wear. The prickling of her pineapple skin sometimes leaves her impossible to open. And dandelions are nothing but pretty weeds."
Finished this book in two days, which is really fast for me! As a black woman, I was immediately drawn in by the strong representations of black families and culture. I could easily see myself in Claudia's shoes and I couldn't put this book down. But Ja ...more
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Having missed her debut last year, when the reviews started rolling in, I knew that I had missed out on something really good. Because of that, I added this to my TBR and vowed that I would NOT miss this one. And let me tell you, I'm glad I didn't. This has already claimed my spot as the #1 thriller of 2018.
Monday is missing and her best friend Claudia seems to be the only ...more
Severe trigger warnings for child abuse.
This is incredible. Not only is it a gripping story that moved at a wild pace, but it is an important one that is all too real for too many people and because it is marginalized people (missing young girls of color), often they are overlooked by police departments or classified as "runaways."
If Tiffany Jackson isn't on your radar as a not-to-be-missed author, consider this your alert. A wonderful, harro ...more
What a fantastic, realistic and poignant read.
I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially if you liked "The Hate U Give". I will definitely be picking up anything she writes in the future.
I was blown away by everything that happened in this book and it gave some serious insight into the lives of those that fly under the radar of the safety systems in our society.
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 ...more
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