Published August 2nd 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Format read: ARC via publisher
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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?
But beyond that, I just like her books. They're always cheerful and optimistic, and Brody manages to make even the most dramatic of high school! moments seem like it's not that big of a deal - where there's a will, there's a way to fix it and make it all better.
Which is why, I absolutely (and honestly, not surprisingly) adored A Week of Mondays. Brody utilizes the often-used storytelling idea of reliving a day over and over to great effect, as Ellie Sparks tries to fix the relationship with her boyfriend Tristan. But this being a Brody story, there are also great sub-plots involving Ellie's family and friends, as well.
Though the progression of the story and the resolution will feel familiar to those who read YA with regularity, it's made fresh by Brody's focus on the value of true family and friendship love, alongside a renewed focus on self-worth. Ellie learns valuables lessons on what she holds to be true and as her core values, and readers will love the progression of her journey from beginning to end.
Highly recommend, full stop. This book will delight you and keep you smiling.