Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true...
Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!
As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?
From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.
I had so much fun with A Week of Mondays. To be honest, I picked it up not really knowing anything about it, except that it was on my book club reading list and I liked the cover LOL!
- Groundhog day! Okay not really groundhog day, but I’ve always loved that movie and stories that utilize that trope (is it a trope?) and this one does it so well. Our teenage heroine is reliving what could easily be the worst Monday an otherwise happy teen lives through. So no, she doesn’t have a hard life and yeah, it could be way worse. But it your otherwise happy, this day sucks.
- Quite a few bits had me LMAO which was an unexpected surprise. Especially the day she looses it and just says eff it! Very funny!
- The relationships! I loved her relationships and how she realizes part of what she has to do to fix Monday is take better care of those relationships – with her mother & father, her sister, and her best friend Ollie.
- The message – You have to be true to who you are! Changing yourself isn’t how you find love and happiness, if you love yourself others will too.
- The “love-triangle” – I’m someone who can both love and hate love triangles, depending on how they go. I don’t want to spoil anything so I can’t explain exactly why this one works- except to say, the right person wins and you don’t feel bad at all about the one that looses.
What could have worked better:
- I think I would have liked a few more Mondays! LOL! It’s already a long enough book and honestly works just fine the way it is. I’m just trying to figure out what would have made it 5 stars for me and I think some more of the crazy, she’s lost it, Mondays would have been fun. Maybe that would have brought me to 5 stars? IDK?
Obviously, I really loved it and while it’s not QUITE 5 stars, I don’t have any actually gripes with the book. If you like YA, this is one to add to your shelves, for sure!
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