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Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

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?

I feel like I've been on a roll with YA contemporaries lately. I've read a
 few in a row and I've really enjoyed all of them. A Week of Mondays is no 
exception. It started out a little rocky for me, because I intially pegged 
Ellie as unlikeable and whiny. As I got further into the story and Ellie 
got further into her predicament, I started to feel for her and genuinely 
cared about what was going to happen to her. 

I knew where I wanted things to end up, and I could see the potential for it 
there, but honestly I wasn't sure if it was going to go that way in the end. 
Ellie was so dead set on her endgame and while I admired her tenacity, 
I wasn't sure she was going to  "wake up and smell the roses" so to speak. 

And can we just take a moment to discuss the fact that having the day that 
reoccurs over and over be a Monday really sucks. I mean, come on! Once 
things go back to normal, if they go back to normal, you will still have 
a full week to go through. On top of all of those Mondays. Ick!

Oh, and shout out to her best friend Owen! What a cool kid. He's the kind of 
guy I would have absolutely been friends with when I was her age. 
You know what, I'd probably be friends with him now, too! 
And he was the best kind of best friend, truly there for Ellie.
A Week of Mondays was really fun and SO cute! At first I wasn't sure if
I was going to like Ellie but as the Mondays went on I got to like her more
and more. I liked how she learned new things each Monday, and how these things
gave her more insight into the people around her. It was a fun, quick read
and really pretty funny.
Definitely a solid YA contemporary!
*Advanced copy provided by publisher for honest feedback*

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