Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
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 review may caontain spoilers. I will also say a trigger warning for abuse, child abuse, violence, mental health. Now here we go:
Claudia and Monday have been best friends since forever, but now Monday’s not back at school and Claudia knows there is something wrong but she just can’t get enough evidence, and no one seems to believe her.
This part was what I found really hard to accept. I mean, Monday and Claudia spend most of their time at Claudia’s house. And if Monday had come to my house every day and spent lots of sleepover nights with my child, I would most certainly listen if my daughter said her best friend was missing and try to do something!
One thing was that it was very confusing because the chapters are named like “The Before”, “The After”, “X Years Before The Before”, so it doesn’t go in a straigth line and it isn’t until the very end when you realise that Claudia is stuck in a fantasy of not knowing yet what has happened to Monday (when she actually does) that the titles make sense, but it isn’t enough to make you want to go back and figure out what breadcrumbs were left there for you to guess this is what was happening and some of the story doesn’t match at all.
It is a very emotional read and very scary to think this may be possible and may happen, so it is a sad thing.
Well, it seems I have been reading out of my comfort zone since I don’t have much to recommend here except Monday’s Not Coming and Where I Live. I aslo want to thank the publisher’s for a copy of this book!
One thing I have noticed is, I am not a big fan of contemporary unless it is dealing with stuff like this book does.