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 fri...more
1.) Prior to her having the amnesia, She was reliving the same memories month to month. So like in the beginning when she came back from the south. Was she post amnesia or was this before she got her amnesia. Even leading up to her escaping from Monday's house? Im still so confused? (hide spoiler)]
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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 ...more
As with Allegedly, this extremely touching novel is heavy and emotionally, a lot to process.
Following a young girl after the disappearance of her best friend, Monday's Not Coming is sure to tear at your heartstrings.
Tackling real life issues, Jackson never shies away from hitting us 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.
PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!!
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 ...more
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
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 ...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 th ...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 ...more
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.
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 ...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 suggest ...more
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
*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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 there...in a ...more
Monday's Not Coming was so freaking good! A lot of crap went down in it and most of it was unexpected for my ears! In this book, you will meet Monday and Claudia. Their friendship was probably the sweetest thing ever but what happened to them was the saddest.
I felt so bad for Claudia. Oh lord, to go from living your best life every day with your best friend to realize.. that oh shit - you lost two years of your life. That would be a c ...more
Without Monday, Claudia has to weather the rumors and bullies of middle school by herself. She knows something isn't right, but no one will listen to her--her own parents, Monday's mom and sister, teachers and counselors, the police. Claudia discovers shocking and tragic secrets about her best friend's life.
Monday's painful sto ...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
Harrowing. Gut-punching. Real.
Tiffany D. Jackson's tale recounts a friendship built on trust and love, but destroyed by topics gripping the news daily (view spoiler)[child abuse, sexual abuse, gentrification, poverty (hide spoiler)].
Monday's not coming and her best friend, Claudia, needs to know why. Via flashbacks and flash forward ...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