Thursday, February 28, 2019

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson - HIGH

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson 435 pages. HarperCollins Children's Books, 2018 $18.00

Language: R (97 swears, 29 'f'); Mature Content: PG13 (Teen drugs and alcohol, sexual encounters) Violence: PG13 (abuse)



Claudia and Monday have been best friends since 1st grade, making up dances, spending time together, Monday even helps Claudia with her homework - Claudia doesn't read or write very well, but with Monday's help, no one knows, and now they are about to start 8th grade. But when Monday doesn't show up on the first day of school, Claudia is beside herself with worry. How could she just disappear? Weeks later, her parents are tired of Claudia asking about Monday, Monday's mom won't tell her anything, and no one seems to care - Claudia is breaking all kinds of rules trying to find her friend but is getting nowhere. 

Told in a mix of before and after chapters which could confuse a less sophisticated reader the story is gripping, and tragic. A well written debut novel, the shifting time perspectives help add to the suspense and tension, but I feel I need to read it again to get the time line figured out. I'm haunted by the story and am excited to recommend it. Although Claudia and Monday are 8th graders, the content advisory as well as the literary structure makes this a much better fit for a high school student.

Lisa Librarian 

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