Title: Monday’s Not Coming
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Genre: YA, Contemporary
TW: Violence against children, homophobic language
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 is a book I sat with for a little while, trying to comprehend what I had read. Not that the writing is incomprehensible, but the tragedy of the plot is just…devastating.
This book is extremely well written, and I learned so much from reading it. It made me want to dig deep, to research and find out what actually happens when children go missing, and what more can be done.
It is an important story, albeit a sad one, and one that everyone should be paying attention to.