Today I am a blog stop on Jessica Brody’s Blog Tour for her book A Week of Mondays. Jessica is sharing a look for the Second Monday.
If you could relive the same day over and over again, what would you do? What would you change? Would you change yourself?
As I started writing A WEEK OF MONDAYS, I knew I wanted this to be a reinvention story. I wanted Ellie to essentially re-create herself every single day in order to figure out who she really is by the end. Because that’s what we do, isn’t it? We try on different personas. We post different kinds of pictures on Instagram. We reinvent ourselves over and over in hopes of finding our true identity.
The key to Ellie’s reinvention, when it came to this novel, was her 7 different looks for the 7 different Mondays. Each day she tries on a different version of herself. Fortunately, for this piece of the story, I had help. My little sister, Terra Brody, is an assistant costume designer in Los Angeles. She’s worked on hit TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Scandal, and Shameless. For each Monday, I gave her “character notes” for the role Ellie was trying to play and she helped me put together a concept board to represent the “look” for that day. She does similar boards for when she’s costuming a character in a TV show.
As part of the A WEEK OF MONDAYS blog tour, I’ll be sharing 6 of the 7 concept boards that we created for the book, as well as the final “looks” we put together for each Monday.
The 7th board is a secret…as is Ellie’s true identity. (Until you read the book, anyway.)
Here is the concept board for the Second Monday.
Character Notes: Ellie doesn’t yet realize she’s reliving the same exact day. She thinks the duplicate texts from her boyfriend, Tristan, are his attempt to get back together after they broke up last night. Ellie wants to look like a chill “drama-free” version of herself in hopes of winning back Tristan.
See the rest of Ellie’s ‘looks’ here!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Published: August 2nd 2016
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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.
Thanks Jessica for sharing your concept with us!
I personally was inspired by Jessica’s Concept Board for a drama free look so I created my own. For me drama free is all about basics and simplicity. A cute pair of skinny jeans, a tunic sweater, some flats and a pop of color with the bag goes a long way. Here’s my drama free look: