Monday’s Not Coming sucked me in and had me reeling the entire time.
Truth: I totally turned the book over and skimmed the last few chapters to brace myself because, like, that’s what I need to survive certain stories sometimes. Like, I almost always look up TV spoilers to prepare myself emotionally and mentally for any potential deaths or major plotquakes.
Plus: I had a sour feeling that this story was going south, quick — that Monday’s disappearance was going to be disturbing and difficult for me to handle had I not. Gotta watch my mental health, after all.
I had trouble keeping up with…
- Time jumps because, unfortunately, this book relies heavily on specific time jumping headers — “[Name of month]”, “The Before”, “The After”, “One Year Before the Before”.
- The lack of chapter numbers, because the chapters follow the titles listed above to instead denote time.
- Tense used. It varied between past and present.
Overall, I loved it.
Monday’s Not Coming was such a thrill to read, but then I’m naturally fascinated with abductions/missing people stories, especially when it comes to children.
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 23 April, 2019
Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Fiction, Friendship, Mental health, Mystery, Thriller, Young adult
# pages: 435
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?
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