Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
Teen ∴ Contemporary ∴ Mystery ∴ TW: Abuse
Published May 22nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Hardback ∴ 448 pages
A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, about the complex 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 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?
I’m in shock. Like, stone cold shock. Why am I surprised? Tiffany did me the same way with Allegedly, but there was something more with Monday. I’m really struggling here. There’s so much about this book to process.
The whole premise is that Monday is missing and Claudia is desperate to find her, but no one seems to notice or care that’s she’s missing. They’re each other’s only friend and Claudia will stop at nothing to find her.
Claudia is one of the BEST unreliable narrators I’ve ever met. Some purposefully withhold information from the reader, but Claudia, she has no idea, just gravely misinformed about a lot of things. Slowly, we start to learn that Claudia is dyslexic and that Monday has been re-doing most of her homework for a very long time. We also learn the reason why she has no siblings, why her parents are very protective of her, why Monday’s sister acts like she doesn’t know anything about the whereabouts of Monday. So many things to piece together. I love solving a mystery along with a book, it’s much more fun than doing it by yourself.
In the beginning, I was so focused on finding out what happened to Monday, that Claudia’s story kind of fell by the wayside, and I was completely blindsided by what happened. Anytime I read a missing-person book, I almost immediately assume the missing person is a figment of the MCs imagination, but with Monday… Well I ‘ll let you figure that out on your own.
Right off the bat, I identified a lot with Claudia. I was just like her in late-elementary, early-middle school. I had few friends, spent a lot of time by myself in my room, playing with Barbies or coloring or whatever. I had a great friend that lived 3 houses down from me that moved away and I had to get over the fact that we couldn’t really hang out anymore, seeing as we were 13 and couldn’t drive. I felt so deeply for Claudia, because I saw myself, and all I wanted was for her to make new friends that would take care of her as she grows up. But making friends is hard.
I felt for Monday too, because though my situation wasn’t even on the same playing field has hers, I envied those with seemingly better home-lives than me. I rarely invited anyone over, I was embarrassed of the people I lived with (it’s a long story and it’s all better now, I swear), I didn’t want my friends to see how often I got yelled at for nothing, at how, and that though I was just a kid, most of the chores were left to me and then see the consequences for me not finishing them on time. Sometimes I wonder what being a kid is like. BUT I digress.
I can’t wait to read what else Tiffany has in store for us in the future! Keep writing those unreliable narrators, keep tripping me up with those plot twists. My eyes are here for your stories, my dear!