Title: A Week Of Mondays
Author: Jessica Brody
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication: August 2nd, 2016
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?
It’s been ages since I got this book on my TBR (well honestly not ages, but certainly one year) and I couldn’t seem to start it somehow. I just forgot about it. So while I was on my contemporary reading streak thing, I decided it was time for me to read it. And OMG, I loved it so much.
To start off: I freaking loved Ellison. It was so easy reading from her perspective: she’s funny, laid-back, cute, down-to-earth and just. Did I already say she’s funny? Because she definitely is. She’s hilarious. I loved her as a character and I liked seeing all these different sides of Ellie throughout the Mondays.
At first, I totally shipped Ellison and Tristan together (you know guys because I’m a hopeless romantic and all) but that soon wore off when Tristan broke up with Ellison the first Monday. They way he did it, like OMG Tristan, can you not? I thought he was a big a**hole, like seriously.
The friendship between Ellison and Zach was great, but also kind of complicated. Not complicated like in a really difficult way, but some Mondays they were best friends and other Mondays they were fighting. This was because of the things that have been said that day, but the fact that that really influence their relationship is kind of complicated (I hope this makes some sense).
But when Ellison and Zach were actually being friends they were absolutely amazing. Their dynamic is great and even though they were friends at the beginning (and I didn’t know they had feelings for each other) I still shipped them because they’re literally perfect for each other.
Also, I think the story line is awesome and so original. It’s something new and that’s exactly why I liked it so much.
Ellison had her ups and downs and that’s exactly what makes this book so close to reality. And that’s also probably the reason why I liked this book so much. It’s definitely my most favorite book ever (well, Since You’ve Been Gone will always be my #1) but A Week Of Mondays is definitely my #2.
So if you want to read a cute contemporary with a character that has her ups and downs, and a story that’s close to reality (well the whole Monday repeating wasn’t that realistic but I don’t care!) you should definitely pick this one up.