Monday's Not Coming

Monday's Not Coming

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition
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When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.
"This is the story of how my best friend disappeared. How nobody noticed she was gone except me. And how nobody cared until they found her ... one year later." Monday Charles is missing, and Claudia seems to be the one person who notices. 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 starts to worry. When she doesn't show for the second day, or the second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn't just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. With her grades on the line, Claudia needs her best - and only - friend now 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? In her dark, thrilling, and timely sophomore novel, acclaimed author Tiffany D. Jackson unravels a complex mystery and explores the traumatic effects of the truth. -- From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062422675
Characteristics: 435 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Monday is not coming


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When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

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When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

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Mar 20, 2021

A harrowing novel that serves as a reminder that abuse can go unnoticed, even by those closest to us, and the trauma of it can extend beyond just the one enduring it. There were surprises in this story that I did not see coming, however the time changes got a little confusing towards the end of the book. Perhaps that was intentional since trauma can jumble the way we remember things. I appreciated the glimpse into a predominantly black community and welcomed the slang that I had never heard before, in it's context. Although the story was hard, there was beauty to be gleaned through the tragedy. Although the book is classified as Young Fiction, it has pretty mature content and, in my opinion, should be only considered for older teenagers and beyond.

Mar 07, 2021

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters draw you in and the story is very compelling. It is very well writing and I will be reading more from this author. I did find the time changes kinda confusing but other than that a great read!

SAPL_Teens Feb 03, 2021

Claudia is sad and confused. Her best friend Monday hasn't shown up to school, and every week she gets her hopes up that Monday will just pop back in to her life. Why hasn't Monday called? Were they ever friends in the first place? I thought this book was entirely gripping. The mystery around Monday just kept me glued to the page. The characters were very realistic and Claudia's feelings were just so real. I had a hard time rating this book, since it was soooo good, but was also quite hard at times. Some of the issues it raises are really heartbreaking and a little scary, so just be warned that maybe you shouldn't give this to someone who gets scared or is young. But those are also the reasons why you stayed glued to the page. I think it was an amazing book and I will keep thinking about it forever. 4/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Dec 31, 2020

Wow. I am SHOOK.

IndyPL_CarrieS Dec 23, 2020

Sometimes you read a book, and you just know it's going to wreck you. But it's so compelling and well written that you can't stop reading it. The characters are alive and you care about them and you need, NEED to know what happened to them. That's what it was like to read Monday's Not Coming. Fantastic book and be warned... it will wreck you.

Jul 23, 2020

This book is insanely gripping and really well written. I was completely absorbed from the very first page and crying by the end. What an illuminating narrative, teaching the reader about issues regarding racism, gentrification, and mental health through the main character's first-person account.

Jul 22, 2020

Such a gripping story couldn’t put it down. Loved reading it and I loved the note at the end that the author put. Its a very emotionally provoking story and just had you thinking after about how someone can go unnoticed with questions being brought up.

Nov 08, 2019

Please, please read this book. This perspective is one every teenager or adult needs to experience. This book is a thriller, centered around the loss of a dyslexic teen named Claudia. When her friend doesn't show up to school, Claudia does everything to try and find out where her best friend is. The story is told with jumps in time, with Claudia recalling the "before" and "the after".
This book feels like a punch in the gut, and I wouldn't change it for anything. Many people say things are "eye opening" but this book truly made me think "Holy crap. I never thought about how other people lived like this."
I normally read realistic fiction, adventure, and mystery, but no matter what you like to read, READ THIS BOOK.

Oct 22, 2019

simply couldn't put the book down when I picked it up, it's been a long time since I felt that way about one too! plotwise was crazy and the story's twists and turns are beyond interesting and keep you on the edge, I was obsessed!

Aug 26, 2019

This was a well written, exciting novel. However, I found that it was a little hard to understand when everything was happening. It kept jumping in between different times and there was nothing to help you place it on a grander timeline. When I got to the plot twist it changed things quite dramatically and it made me want to read the whole thing over again to understand it better. Overall, I think it was a pretty good book.

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