ARC, 346 pages
August 2nd 2016
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve an advocate of having a palate cleanser read in between or after reading too much of a certain genre or type of book. Thus, after reading a few books set in and about life in Israel, I felt the immense craving for a fluffy contemporary read. And Jessica Brody’s A Week of Mondays was just what I needed.
Are you guys, familiar with the movie, Groundhog Day? The movie basically concerns a guy who is forced to repeat the same day again and again until he finally gets it right. A Week of Mondays has a similar premise, however in this case its sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks, who after having the worst Monday asks the universe for another chance to get it right. Eventually what starts out as Ellie attempting to prevent her boyfriend from breaking up with her, gradually turns into an opportunity for her to look outside herself and pay attention to the other people in her life.
What I loved with regards to A Week of Mondays was how it showed that everything happens for a reason and that Ellie needed to do the right thing in various different aspects of her life, and not just her love life in order to break the cycle. Additionally being a fan of playlists myself, I appreciated the fact that Ellie had numerous playlists to reflect her moods, and I enjoyed looking up the songs that were on them. Ellie herself is relatable, as is her reaction to having to repeat her Monday again and again. From denial, disbelief to shock and despair it’s just the reaction an ordinary person would have to her situation.
Jessica Brody is back in her element with A Week of Mondays, a feel good YA contemporary novel. A Week of Mondays is the ideal read if you are in need of a lighter read or are having a bad day and need a pick me up since when Ellie finally gets her Monday right it’s truly right and worth it in the end.
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.