Aug 22, 2016

A Week of Mondays by @jessicabrody {Review}

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 464 pages
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 meant to read this book earlier but I've been on a fantasy kick so I kept putting it off because I didn't want to read contemporary but the other day, I finally felt I needed a break from fantasy and what book do I go for? This one. I'm so glad I did. I read it in less than a day and I really enjoyed it. Like . . . a lot.

I don't like Tristan. I'm starting off there with my review. I don't like him. I liked him once and that was when we saw a flashback of their first date and he was all sorts of cute then. That is the only time I ever liked him in this book. He's not the type I'd ever be attracted to (except I would notice how good looking he was but that doesn't mean anything except he's eye candy). He's kind of a jerk.

Then there's Owen, her best friend and all around great guy. I legit fell instantly for him. He's the guy I would be attracted to. He's got a personality, he's got the loyalty, he's got the heart - he's everything Tristan isn't.

I'm going to be honest, I wasn't sure if by a week of Mondays we were talking school day Mondays or a literal week so I was expecting a school week because, well, she's in school but that's not the case. It's a full week of the same day over and over and over again . . . until she finally gets it right. You'll know what's right way before she does but she finally does it's like a cheer erupts inside of you. IT'S ABOUT TIME.

I like Ellie. She's funny, she's intelligent, she's loyal and she's real. Or, she is most of the time. She has her hiccups along the way but we can't hold that against her.

I was wondering how this was going to be done. I was afraid I'd get bored reliving each day over and over again but they're so different that it doesn't always feel like a repeat. I liked that and mixed in with the repeat days we have flashbacks of her and Tristan. From the day they officially met to their first date to the Sunday before this book started. The big fight they had (the only fight they had).

This book was cute and refreshing and very enjoyable. If you're looking for something light and fun, this is definitely something you should consider.

My only negative thing about this book and most YA contemporaries is the end is too abrupt. I would like to be able to enjoy the HEA for a bit more than a few paragraphs. Let us enjoy what we've been waiting the whole book for. I have said it before with contemporary and I'll say it again, this is why I steer away . . . too many times we never get to really live and enjoy the endings because it happens to quickly.

Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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