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.
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published: August 2nd 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Four stars: A fun, YA adult reboot of Groundhog Day.
Ellison Sparks wakes to the sound of a buzzing text message. Her boyfriend, Tristan, is texting her, wanting to talk about what happened last night. Ellie jumps out of bed, thrilled that she has a chance to make things right after their horrendous fight last night. Unfortunately for Ellie, she is about to experience one of the worst Mondays ever. She gets a traffic ticket, arrives at school in the pouring rain with no umbrella, then she takes the worst school photo ever. The day continues to go from bad to worse, culminating with Tristan breaking up with her on their supposed dream date at the carnival. That night, Ellie wishes fervently that she could go back and relive the day, swearing she will get it right. The next morning, she is shocked to find it is Monday all over again and then again and again. Will she be stuck in this nightmare of Mondays indefinitely or will she get it right?
What I Liked:
- I love Groundhog Day so I was eager to grab this YA reboot. I found this book to be funny, adorable, sweet, plus it has heart and a terrific take home message. This was the perfect pick me up read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
- It you are familiar with Groundhog Day, you know it features a man who is forced to relive the same day over and over again, until he gets it right. The same holds true for this book, except it centers around a teenage girl trying to win back her boyfriend. I loved watching Ellie fumble through the Monday repeats, trying to get it right, and inevitably she fails again and again. Along the way, she opens her eyes and learns a few things about the people closest to her, and she gains a few life lessons along the way. I was a bit concerned that it would grow repetitive rehashing the same day and events over and over, but not so. Every day is different, and I liked seeing the change ups.
- Ellie was a bit hard to warm up to because in the beginning she came across as one of those girls who lost her identity when she started dating a boy, but she grows. I enjoyed watching her learn from her mistakes, especially when she opened her eyes and took note of what was right in front of her.
- I liked that there was a focus on family. When the story starts, Ellie is too wrapped up in her boyfriend problems to see the issues going on with her parents and sister. Thankfully, she pays attention and helps right some wrongs. I especially liked the way she helped out her younger sister.
- The romance was a bit predictable, but it was sweet and fun. I loved how it all turned out. It left me with a big goofy smile on my face.
- I liked that the book's main theme was all about being true to yourself and not losing sight of who you are.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I loved the romance, it did end up being a tiny bit predictable, and I knew early on what was going to happen, but since I didn't know the how, I was hooked.
- I liked that Ellie came through for her little sister, but I was wishing there was a tiny bit more focus on that part of the story because I thought it was sweet, plus I was curious as to why the mean girls had it out for her sister.
- The book ends right at the sweet spot, and even though there is an Epilogue, I was left wanting a bit more. Not a big deal, but I wanted more cake and to eat it.
- There is no explanation as to why Ellie gets stuck reliving the same day over and over, you just have to take it for what it is.
A Week of Mondays was a fun, cute, contemporary for fans of Groundhog Day. I had a great time with this YA reboot. I loved the romance, the growth and the positive messages. This is a great book for all ages, and it is perfect for when you need something light and easy. Just grab this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.