Monday, August 1, 2016

Review- A WEEK OF MONDAYS by Jessica Brody

PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)
PUBLISHED: August 2, 2016
GENRE: YA Contemporary 
SOURCE: Print ARC from publisher
RATING: 5 Stars


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.
At first glance, this is just your typical YA contemporary romance. Don't get me wrong, it's still all that but there's so much more the book has to offer. There're messages in there that teach us to always be ourselves and to never change for anyone. It's so simple yet can be so hard. It's the underline story of a girl who changes pretty much everything about herself to fit into a mold for her boyfriend. It happens ALL the time. Girls lose themselves in a relationship and it can be hard to get yourself back. 

Ellison Sparks is dating the "It Boy" at school. Life is perfect, he's perfect...only problem is, he doesn't want Ellison anymore. Cue sad music. The day from hell just gets worse...well it started off horrible to begin with. Nothing went right and everything that could go wrong, did. It was just icing on the cake when Tristan broke Ellison's heart. 

But when Ellison goes to sleep, she never imagines that she would be living the same day over and over again. The only person she's able to convince of what's going on is her best friend, Owen; who, I might add, is damn awesome. The chemistry between Ellie and Owen is sweet at best and takes a surprising but satisfying end. I loved seeing Ellie try and makes everything "right". She's a notable heroine and I enjoyed each and everyone of her antics. 

Would I recommend this book? Isn't it obvious!? I ADORED the ever loving crap outta the story. So much so, I want to forget everything I read and start all over. Overall, I think the book is perfect for fans looking for a funny and romantic book about and equally funny and romantic girl. She makes things better. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self "publishing" her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin's Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) THE FIDELITY FILES, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the the follow-up, LOVE UNDER COVER in November 2009. THE KARMA CLUB, Jessica's debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, MY LIFE UNDECIDED just recently hit bookstores in June 2011.

52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER (which was recently optioned for film) will be out in Summer 2012 and UNREMEMBERED, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in early 2013.

Jessica's books are published and translated in over twelve foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, China, Portugal, Israel, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

15 Random (and often embarrassing) Facts about Jessica: 

1. She loves bananas but hates anything banana flavored.

2. She's squemish about bones and belly buttons.

3. She's always secretly wanted to be a member of the Spice Girls.

4. She doesn't like it when vegetables try to pass themselves off as dessert. ("Carrot Cake? Seriously? You're not fooling anyone!")

5. The first book she learned to read was Go Dog Go at age 2, although technically she probably just memorized it.

6. She can't whistle. (And no, it's not as simple as just putting your lips together and blowing).

7. She's allergic to avocado (a fact that she hates because she loves guacamole!)

8. Her favorite movie to quote is the movie, Arthur starring Dudley Moore. ("Bitterman, drive through the park. You know how I love the park.")

9. She's always had a strange obsession with the scanners at supermarket registers and now never misses an opportunity to use the self check-out lanes so she can scan her own food.

10. She loves speaking in a British accent, much to the annoyance of everyone around her.

11. She's always hating doing anything athletic and used to hide behind the handball courts in elementary school during P.E.

12. She is a major tech-y and has to own every gadget that comes out. Regardless of whether or not she has any intention of using it.

13. She can't stand the word "pocketbook" or "panties."

14. Her all-time favorite foods are pixy sticks, sushi and afternoon tea sandwiches and she insists on having all three at her birthday parties.

15. Her very first novel was called The Puppy and the Kitty and was complete with illustrations. She wrote it when she was 7. 

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