PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
DATE PUBLISHED: 2nd August 2016
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?
In this YA Groundhog Day novel Ellie has an absolutely terrible Monday and ends the day wishing for another chance… she gets a week of chances. As the plot moves along different sides of Ellie and different perspectives of peripheral characters are revealed.
I really enjoyed seeing varying points of view about this Monday as the days go on and Ellie becomes frustrated and then accepting of circumstances. As things eventually work themselves out and Ellie understands that it ok to just be herself. I particularly liked the character of Owen, Ellie’s best friend. Their relationship and how it developed through the continual Mondays really held my interest.
This was a great, quick read in the style of Groundhog Day about accepting yourself. The characters were interesting and likeable and the plot was interesting with the changes in Ellie’s behaviour through the different days that kept the reader intrigued as to how her character will develop.
Keep Calm and Read On,