From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gillian Flynn about the mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.
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?
Jackson's sophomore novel, following 2017's acclaimed Allegedly, features another ripped-from-the-headlines premise that will keep readers guessing through the final pages. After a summer in Georgia with her grandmother, Claudia returns to Washington, D.C., ready to take on eighth grade with her best friend, Monday, even though Monday didn't respond to any of Claudia's letters over the past two months. Claudia soon finds, though, that Monday is gone. Stories about where she is don't add up and no one seems concerned, but Claudia can't shake the feeling that Monday might be in real trouble. Time shifts in chapters such as "Before the Before," "The Before," and "The After" create a measured and intense buildup as Claudia realizes that Monday was keeping painful and potentially dangerous secrets. Claudia's mother's frequent reminder to check in at home "Breadcrumbs, Claudia. Always good to leave breadcrumbs" prompts both Claudia and the reader to remain vigilant. Jackson's characters and their heart-wrenching story linger long after the final page, urging readers to advocate for those who are disenfranchised and forgotten by society and the system. Ages 13 up.
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Best book I have ever read!!!
I loved it. The story was amazing especially with that punch in the gut twist at the end. I have no complaint with this book at all. The story was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t put the book down. Little backstory, it took me a week to get my hands on the book and it took me 2 weeks to actually start reading the book. I ended up using all of my free time to read the book and it was 100% worth it. All I wish is that there can either be a sequel or have this book made into a movie.
This book was definitely a suspense/mystery story, but in my opinion, it wasn’t written well at all. It was so predictable and it was dumbed-down A LOT and there really wasn’t a buildup in plot, I kinda felt like it just kept dragging on and on. Plus, the switching in time was super confusing to me and definitely could’ve been clearer. Definitely a powerful story but it absolutely could’ve been written better. Wouldn’t really recommend if you want a well-written book.
Authentic and haunting
Compelling. Loved the characters and the settings were mint. Beautifully written and gripping. Read the book in its entirety in 2 days. Totally worth it.