Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
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?
Monday’s Not Coming is a super sad, intense book. I thought it was so well written, but I need to give some warnings. There is child abuse, neglect, and child death. There are parts that are very hard to read. There is also a lot of bullying from kids and talk of sex.
The story is told by Claudia, but it goes back and forth in time. She flashes back to when her best friend, Monday, stopped calling and writing to her. Monday doesn’t show up at school and Claudia panics. Monday is her only friend and they are as close as sisters. Claudia is a mess and doesn’t know what to do. Monday was also helping her with her schoolwork. Without her there, she is struggling.
After so long, Claudia starts trying to figure out where Monday is. She never gives up and pressures everyone to look for her, even going to the police. But no one seems to want to get into the business of other families. Claudia starts thinking back to bruises and scars she saw on Monday and her siblings. She remembers Monday missing a month of school for the flu. Things start to seem off to her. During this time, she finds out that she’s dyslexic and has to take special classes. This is the most upsetting thing to her because she doesn’t want to be a “stupid kid”. Claudia also takes dance and spends a lot of time at the church.
But she can’t just let things go. Claudia has to find out what happens to Monday. Even if it breaks her.
This one was hard to put down. Even though it’s hinted at early on, I still had to keep reading to find out what happened to Monday. I would also recommend reading the author’s note. It was very eye opening. I think this is a very important book that I wish didn’t have to exist.
I gave Monday’s Not Coming 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 on goodreads). Thank you to Edelweiss for my copy to review.