YA Review: MONDAY’S NOT COMING by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Title: MONDAY’S NOT COMING

Author: Tiffany D. Jackson

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

TW: bullying, child abuse, death, amnesia

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?

My Review:

A beautifully crafted story about losing friends and looking for them. It’s a story about rage and confusion and coming to terms with the cruel side of reality.

The book follows Claudia, a fourteen-year-old eighth grader looking for her only friend, Monday. When Monday’s not in school, or at home and no one around her will acknowledge that it’s strange for someone to disappear like that, it’s up to Claudia to find her.

First of all, I loved the narrative style and the story jumping between three different timelines. It gets a little confusing at first, but once I figured the three — one before Monday went missing, one after she went missing, and the other after she was found. It’s a little tricky and never made clear, but that’s what makes it 100x more interesting once you figure out.

As for Claudia’s character, she was very realistically portrayed. From dealing with her outcast status in school to her relentless search for her best friend without anyone’s help, the raw emotions she felt leaps out of the page and touches your heart.

The story is so fast paced and engaging that you won’t find time to stop and think about it until the plot twist. The twist’s brilliantly placed and is a sudden shock that will send you back rereading all the earlier pages and question how you missed all the breadcrumbs.

Besides the nail-biting mystery that keeps you worrying throughout the book, it’s also tears at your heart as it discuses darker subjects like bullying, child abuse and dealing with death of close friends. It also sheds light on how under-privileged PoC children are more prone to be the victim of these due to the systematic racism that causes the government and society’s indifference towards them.

Overall, it’s a story about friendship and the selfless bravery it takes to keep your friends safe. A story that explores the darker side of life from poverty to abuse and death.

Monday's not coming

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