I read Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson after seeing it on a few Best Books of 2018 lists. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I got was an emotional journey through an unfamiliar setting.
From the publisher:
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?
This was really good and emotionally draining. Monday’s Not Coming uses multiple timelines, identified as “Before” and “After.” The farther into the book I read, the less I thought I knew about what event separated the Before and After.
Although there are plenty of clues throughout the book to suggest what happened to Monday, the impact of learning the truth and how that truth affected Claudia was not dulled at all.
I highly recommend Monday’s Not Coming and I’ll be adding Jackson to my list of authors whose books are an auto-read.
Edit (10/9/19): Since writing this review, I have gone on to read Jackson’s two other books – Allegedly and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. Both were fantastic and I plan on reading anything she writes in the future.