5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, July 29, 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?
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.
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Exclusive interview with the author:
1) What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of and why?
So, in this book there are 7 Mondays (hence the title!) and on each Monday, Ellie, the main character, essentially reinvents herself to try to figure out which version of herself is the best. My favorite reinvention is on the 5th Monday. This is the day when she kind of gives up. She says “eff it! Nothing I do matters! There are no consequences and I’m stuck in this Monday forever!” This was the most fun day to write because I got to basically explore EVERYTHING I would do if I knew there were no consequences. If tomorrow, the whole world would be reset. And I got to live those things through Ellie. So yeah, it was definitely my favorite day to write. I hope it’s as fun to read!
2) If your main character, Ellie, could give one piece of advice to teenage girls/boys, what would it be?
Be careful what you wish for…
3) If your book were to be turned into a movie, would your dream cast be?
Well, normally I hate the casting question because I never have a good answer, but for this book, strangely enough, I actually cast it before I started writing it! And by “cast it” I mean, I picked out actors that I think really fit the characters in my heads and I had them posted to my bulletin board as I was writing so I could envision them as I was writing every scene.
For Ellie, I cast AnnaSophia Robb from The Carrie Diaries
For Tristan, I cast Austin Butler from the Carrie Diaries (don’t judge, I was super into that show at the time!)
And for Owen, I cast Dylan O’Brien from the Maze Runner!
4) What’s your typical celebration ritual when you sell a new book or get exciting news about an existing one? Anything strange or quirky we should know about?
So, this is actually my tenth novel! (I still can’t believe it!) but my husband and I do have a very particular “celebration” routine that we’ve done for almost every single book when it was released. It’s more of HIS thing, but I’ve gone along with it because I think it’s cool.
My husband reads early drafts of all my books. He’s one of my first beta readers. But the two things he WON’T read until the book is actually released are the acknowledgements and the dedication. It’s weird. It’s not like I dedicate every book to him or anything! He just thinks that’s when it feels like a real book. So as soon as we get the box of finished copies (they usually come about a week before the book hits stores), we’ll open champagne, toast to the book, and with a flute in his hand, he’ll read the dedication and acknowledgements. And that’s how we welcome the new book into the world!
5) Is there a soundtrack/playlist for your novel? If so, please share!
Yes! Music plays a huge part of the story in A WEEK OF MONDAYS and because Ellie, the main character, is such a huge fan of sixty’s music, I actually created a playlist of every 60’s song that’s referenced in the book! It’s a fun playlist. Check it out below!
About the author:
Jessica Brody is the author of more than twelve books for teens, tweens, and adults including A Week of Mondays, Boys of Summer, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy. She also writes books for the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as major motion pictures. She lives with her husband and four dogs and splits her time between California and Colorado.
Visit her online at JessicaBrody.com. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @JessicaBrody
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