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’m honestly a little confused about my feelings for this book. On one hand, it was a cute YA romance (or at least trying to be). On the other it was confusing. And on the other (can we pretend I have three hands for a minute?) it was just another cliché trying-too-hard contemporary YA romance.
Okay so what really confused me about this book is how Ellie is reliving Monday? I get that she made a wish in her head as she was going to sleep… but how that wish got granted was never really explained, and it was just CONFUSING. I don’t get it. Hear me out: if you don’t know what caused the repeating day, then you don’t know what stops it. So who/what decided when she fixed everything? Like I said: confusing.
I also had a problem with Ellie. She was SUCH AND INFURIATING CHARACTER. She did go through some good development in the last two Mondays, but for the majority of the novel she was whiny and full of self-pity and always like “why is my life so terrible/why does nothing ever go my way?” Also, she was entirely self-absorbed except when it came to her rock-star boyfriend. Like I get that her character was made this way because it was essential to the novel’s plot yada yada, but the way it was pulled off just got under my skin a little. Not too much… but just enough.
The plot/ending of this novel was pretty easy to guess. I don’t really mind that, but I was kind of hoping that there would be a curve ball thrown in there somewhere. Oh well.
I also wish that the side characters, like Ellie’s little sister and parents, were given a bit more character development. They felt a bit flat. Also her boyfriend felt kind of flat, except for one scene near the end… but that was like 3 pages (barely) out of a 400+ page novel where he is one of the most talked about topics (okay, THE MOST talked about topic).
Anyway… would I recommend this book? Ehh, it’s not at the top of my list. Although if someone were looking for a YA contemporary romance version of Groundhog day, then yeah sure. This book is for you. Knock yourself out!
I am going to give A Week of Mondays two out of five hearts.