“Monday is Not Coming” by Tiffany D. Jackson is a touching young adult novel about a young girl name Monday Charles who just vanishes without a trace. The only person that seems to notice her absence right away is her good friend Claudia.
The story follows Claudia’s mission to find her friend Monday.. She seems to be the only person that is truly concerned. She goes from asking teachers, guidance counselors, and even reaching out to Monday’s own family members.
Tiffany D. Jackson does an amazing job in showing the deep and anxious emotions that stem from the unknown of where could Monday Charles be. This story touches on many relevant themes of : child abuse, neglect by families and police, school neglect, poverty, and friendship.
“Monday is Not Coming” helps readers learn that sometimes there are many secrets that your friends could keep from you, and you never know the truth of how someone may be living their life until you are literally walking in their shoes.
This novel brings a lot of awareness to the neglect that young women of color go through when they are reported missing. Many times it is not taken seriously. Police start to think the girl just ran away, is out with friends, or will be back soon.
But what happens when the young girl is not back soon? Who is held responsible when so many days, weeks, months, years have passed and there is no way to trace where this young girl may be?
This book had me turning page by page until the very end. It is a quick read with a deep message.
Have you read it? Let me know in the comments what you thought.