Claudia and Monday are inseparable. They have been best friends for years and do absolutely everything together. But all of that changes when Monday goes to camp for the summer and never comes home. At first Claudia thinks Monday is just at home sick with some evil flu bug that has her buried under the covers with used tissues. But as the weeks go by, Claudia realizes that Monday isn’t sick—she’s missing. She gets her school counselor, parents, neighbors, and even the police involved, but no one seems to care about Monday. That’s when Claudia decides to take matters into her OWN hands and go find Monday—alone.
Okay, I have to say Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson is now one of my FAVORITE books of all time. The writing was really good and kept me completely glued to the pages. It was also super creepy, so if you’re looking for something that’ll give you a scare, this is definitely a great one. I also loved how Claudia struggles with a learning disability and has synesthesia. That’s when you’re really sensitive to colors. It was awesome to have that rep’d in a book with a young Black protagonist. Her church is a big part of her life and while it’s not a religious book, I liked seeing the community Claudia had behind her. Plus, the Black Girl Magic is real in this one. The book def celebrates Black culture like no other and will make you feel right at home. I also really liked Monday’s journal entries that were included in the book. And don’t even get me started on the TWIST at the end! I absolutely did NOT see it coming and I totally freaked out. I definitely suggest the audiobook because its amazing, but the physical book is great too!
Overall, Monday’s Not Coming has really important themes, like how people just don’t care when Black girls go missing, gentrification, Black culture, and living with mental/physical disabilities. The writing was flawless and the story kept me entertained from start to finish.
*Rating: Easily 5 out of 5 stars
By Jesse E
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