(this review was written back in February 2019. it is partially unfinished. I’ve been applying to grad school and haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to this blog. long story short…I loved this book and read it in a few hours on super bowl Sunday!)
I received this ARC last year, right before the summer. And right when i recieved it, the next day i left the BAY Area and spent about two months amongst teenagers at a summer camp. I was busy to a point where I hardly had time to call HOME let alone read a book!
Initially i wasn’t going to read this because i don’t read mystery…ever. But the author, Tiffany Jackson, wrote these adult romance novels that i read and loved YEARS ago and i intended to buy her YA novels when they came out. I want to link them but i have no idea if she wants that penname to be known. Probably not to teenagers.
I wish she would write more romance.
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?
buy it : amazon
So when Monday’s Not Coming was on sale on Amazon, i rushed to buy a copy, and the second i had a chance (when i was taking out my braids in front of my computer) i read it. For the first time in like a year, i sat and i read a non-romance novel in ONE day.
What i didn’t like :
The structure definitely confused me. If i had read a physical version of the book vs ebook, i probably wouldn’t have had as many issues. (Easier because if I were confused, I could easily flip through pages back and forth.) But i had no idea what was going on until the end of the book, and i’m wondering if that was her purpose. (Because Claudia has no idea what’s going on?)…. Actually, now that I think about it… I actually both liked and disliked the structure of the story. Once I found out the plot twist, everything made sense and fit together like a puzzle.
SPOILER. I loved the author shining light on this issue of black girls going missing and nothing being done. One of my favorite scenes in the book was when the police officer showed Claudia a wall of girls, mostly black, who had gone missing and basically let her know that they had no plans of actively searching for them. I just wish more focus had been put on structural issues, instead of kinda placing all blame on Monday’s mother. Yes her mother was in the wrong, a child shouldn’t have to live with a guardian who treats them horribly. But the system that was built to protect children from those environments, is what failed Monday.
I hated the misogynistic words as well. I don’t want to hear hoe, fast, etc. all the time. I get that it is apart of normal life. I grew up with people being called fast, and when i was in high school, I will admit to calling people hoe and whatnot. It was normalized within the environment I grew up in. But one day, someone told me why how I was speaking was wrong, and I began to self correct.
This is a book, not real life. Someone could have corrected them. Easily. No they may not have stopped speaking in that way, but just making a student aware that what they’re saying is judgemental and sexist can have a large impact. Even if their language habits don’t change. It’s mentioned at the end that Monday may (i assumed she had been) have been sexually assaulted. Maybe a mention of long term effects of child molestation? Idk. (Omg…I wrote this review in February…It’s March. I have no idea what I’m talking about with this last line. I’m a flop! But I like this review so I’m not changing it.)
I definitely, DEFINITELY, recommend this. I don’t read mystery, and I don’t read thriller, but I really enjoy Tiffany Jackson’s voice. When I bought this book on ebook, Alleged was also on sale, so I picked that up too. I’m not sure when I’ll read it, but it’s waiting for me.