Book Review: Monday’s Not Coming

Book Review: Monday’s Not ComingMonday's Not Coming
by Tiffany D. Jackson
on May 22, 2018
Pages: 448
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Diverse Spines, Young Adult

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 Takeaway
“Well, sometimes the people we love the most can hurt us the most.”
Tiffany D. Jackson, Monday’s Not Coming

Holy Smokes!! This book ya’ll!!! Although Monday’s Not Coming is considered a young adult novel, let’s be clear – it deals with some heavy duty topics. Claudia’s best friend is missing, and it seems no one cares. I cannot write too much about the plot, but I can let you know there is a HUGE twist! I can’t divulge any of it because you guessed it — it will spoil the story (sorry). Because of this twist, I reread the entire book in order to grasp all the events that take place. This book will stay with me for a very long time. Jackson wrote Monday’s Not Coming to shed light on a national epidemic. Black girls go missing all the time in cities all over the U.S., but hardly any media coverage takes place. Jackson visited the school where I work and she was a powerhouse and just amazing! I am looking forward to reading her first novel, Allegedly. Oh, and she has a new YA novel coming out May 21, 2019 – Let Me Hear a Rhyme.

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