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 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?
Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of Allegedly, Monday’s Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A TV professional by day, novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking. You can visit her online at www.writeinbk.com.
One word that describes this book is amazing. You get so caught up in this book and so invested that you are so determined to find out what happened to Monday. This book is like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart if anyone is looking for something to reference this book to. The ending leaves you shocked and saddened and makes you question, "Who's responsible for your well-being--your family, the government, or your community" (Monday's Not Coming).
6 months ago
This book gripped me and would not let go. It's been a long, long time (at least 15 years) since I've stayed up half the night because I couldn't put a book down, but for me this was that book.
The writing is so good. The way each scene of the story jumps ahead or back in time to show the progression of the main character's awareness of the situation around her works so well to tell this story. The author has a true gift for plot construction and I'm just in awe.
All the characters have unique personalities so you never get anyone mixed up. The plot is unpredictable; you know something tragic has likely happened to Monday, but you could never guess how bad it really is.
I strongly identified with the main character, having been that shy kid who only had one friend, and that friend left me (to be home schooled) and then I had no one. I know how Claudia felt, like she'd lost her own limb and like everyone was just laughing at her for being so friendless and alone. And, no matter how badly I missed that friend, I still felt hurt and angry that she'd abandoned me.
This book deals with a lot of topics pertinent to teens, but one that I had never read about before was dyslexia. The main character, Claudia, is dyslexic. There are small sections of the book written as if in her own hand, and it was interesting to see how her writing improves as she finally acknowledges her learning problems at school and gets some extra help with them.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's an absolute page-turner that will leave you breathless.
7 months ago
Imagine waking up to find that your only friend, your best friend is missing and no one notices but you. Being under age, few adults listen to you. Tiffany Jackson did an amazing job keeping the reader in suspense while still keeping it engaging and suspenseful at times. While the chapter headings seem odd and confusing in the beginning, the big reveal explains it all. Perfect read for teens, and adults, covering several serious issues to discuss.
More than 1 year ago
This book is one of those that stays with you long after you read it! The story jumps around a lot so you never really know exactly what is going on until the end. The author does a great job of giving many hints or “breadcrumbs” about what exactly happened to Monday but the truth isn’t revealed until the end! You won’t want to put this one down!
More than 1 year ago
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.
"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."
Monday is missing and her best friend Claudia seems to be the only one concerned. She has no idea what's going on and why no one will listen to her. Claudia goes through these months without Monday and has to withstand bullies, schoolwork, looks, and a first love. She knows that she has to do something to bring Monday home, because no one else seems to even notice she's gone.
"Breadcrumbs, Claudia. Always good to leave breadcrumbs."
I heard in her last book there was a WTF ending, but those warnings still didn't prepare me for the one in this book. Jackson has a way of hooking you into her writing and I can honestly say I was hooked from page one. I HAD to find out what had happened to Monday, but I was not prepared for it. I thought I had an idea and I ended up not having a clue! This was the first sign that I loved this book and her writing style.
"...just cause someone got a roof, don't make it a home. We don't have everything, but we have a lot to be grateful for."
As for the plot, it was a bit all over the place and kinda scattered, but it didn't bother me because that's what a thriller or mystery does... Confuses you. It makes you think one thing when another thing is happening right under your nose. It definitely made me want to go back and find where I may have missed some of the information.
"You good for taking other's burdens and making them your own."
As for the characters, I really loved Claudia. She was so strong and so resilient. I felt so bad for her so many times and I wanted so bad to get people to leave her alone. She had such a tough time without Monday and they were wrong for preying on her. So sad.
"Rumors are born with legs that can run a mile in less than a minute. Rumors eat up dreams without condiments. Rumors do not have expiration dates. Rumors can be deadly. Rumors can get you killed."
I have already requested her debut novel so that I can read that one too. This was relatable and heartbreaking and super creepy all in one. Any book that can play on my emotions like that deserve to be read and loved by everyone. I hope you all love this one as much as I do! And for now, there's still time to pre-order! Go do it now
More than 1 year ago
Wow! Monday's Not Coming is an amazing read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end! Tiffany D. Jackson did an outstanding job telling the story of two beautiful but awkward teenagers, Claudia and Monday. You were able to feel their pain and see the world through their eyes and evening deeper you learned who the truth of Monday through her relentlessness to find Monday. Tiffany D. Jackson did not leave any stones unturned. She went the distance and painted the picture and shed light on some serious issues that are usually swept under the rug or not talked about or openly discussed. I love the DC experience from the music and culture and the escape through the art form of dance and good music. This book is an experience and a journey. Some of the twist and turned you do not see coming. The suspense of it all and how it unfolds is beyond words, leaving you in a trance that may take a few days to comprehend. I thoroughly enjoyed Monday's Not Coming.
I look forward to reading more books by Tiffany D. Jackson
More than 1 year ago
The book is really really fascinating with a twist to the ending that I didn't see coming. But the timelines where really confusing, for a moment I got lost in what's going on. But apart from that it's a really good book.
More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I loved it very much. It keeps you interested and the twist at the end didn't expect that.
More than 1 year ago
Monday didn't show up for school. Claudia finds it weird. But Monday hasn't even shown up to her house, or call. Everybody is saying that she just transferred to a different school or she's busy. But Claudia knows that something is going on...
This was such a good book to read! I didn't imagine it to be that good. I love the thrill in it.
The beginning was quite dragging though. And how the book was written made me confused from time to time. The way it was narrated was how things happened from the past, then the present, then the past again. But it was still so good! Because the way it was written is definitely essential to the story.
Claudia is one of those unreliable narrators. The reader will discover things the way she discovers things. And that's part of the thrill of it. The characters were so significant but Claudia is the key to everything!
I liked this book. And it really gave justice to real life issues that would help teens to understand the situations around us.
* I received an ARC
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