I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

Lena and Campbell aren't friends.Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school.When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into...

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Title:I'm Not Dying with You Tonight
Author:Kimberly Jones
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I'm Not Dying with You Tonight Reviews

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of I’M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal in exchange for my honest review.***

    Two classmates, one black, the other white are caught up in a football game fight that turns into a riot.

    I’m a middle aged Caucasian woman and while not the target audience for I’M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT, I enjoyed this profound story. Initially, Lena’s raw, authentic voice was difficult for me to understa

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of I’M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal in exchange for my honest review.***

    Two classmates, one black, the other white are caught up in a football game fight that turns into a riot.

    I’m a middle aged Caucasian woman and while not the target audience for I’M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT, I enjoyed this profound story. Initially, Lena’s raw, authentic voice was difficult for me to understand but after a few chapters, the rhythm flowed more smoothly.

    Lena was the more layered, multifaceted character, but I identified with Campbell, who was completely out of her element more. Jones and Segal brilliantly showed the differences in points of view between the girls, assumptions they made about each other based on race and how each grew as they fought together to stay safe.

    Before Trayvon Martin was murdered, I, like Campbell, never understood my white privilege. I made assumptions from my own experiences rather than empathizing with those who had other frames of reference. The #BlackLivesMatter movement taught me much of what Campbell learned from Lena. Lena also learned from her white counterparts, though her learning curve was much less steep.

    The end left me wanting more. What would happen Monday at school? Would they become friends after gaining the respect of each other? How would the community be changed. I would LOVE a sequel, but I think the writers wanted to leave us wondering.

  • Kristy K

    This is a powerful little novel, taking place over the course of a few hours. A fight breaks out during halftime of a high school football game and Lena (African-American) and Campbell (Caucasian) find themselves together trying to escape. As tensions rise throughout the city they end up in another part of town where a social justice protest turns violent and then into a full-fledged riot. It’s wild and chaotic and while I was annoyed by some of Lena’s and Campbell’s choices, who’s to say I woul

    This is a powerful little novel, taking place over the course of a few hours. A fight breaks out during halftime of a high school football game and Lena (African-American) and Campbell (Caucasian) find themselves together trying to escape. As tensions rise throughout the city they end up in another part of town where a social justice protest turns violent and then into a full-fledged riot. It’s wild and chaotic and while I was annoyed by some of Lena’s and Campbell’s choices, who’s to say I wouldn’t have made similar ones at 17 if I was in their shoes.

    brings racial tension and discord to the forefront and makes you take a hard look at current events and possibly even your own prejudices. At times it felt a little uncomfortable, but I think that’s the point. In the end Lena and Campbell are survive the night but are left with more questions than answers as seems to often be the case in these situations. I think this books will serve well as a discussion opener among teens and adults alike.

  • Emma

    3.5/5 Stars

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    This book tells the story of Campbell and Lena and how they became allies in a time of need. The two girls don’t really know each other but when a big fight suddenly breaks out at the concession stand where Campbell was working they decide to stick together and try to escape. After someone gets shot the fight escalates to the close-by neighborhoods and i

    3.5/5 Stars

    Full review

    This book tells the story of Campbell and Lena and how they became allies in a time of need. The two girls don’t really know each other but when a big fight suddenly breaks out at the concession stand where Campbell was working they decide to stick together and try to escape. After someone gets shot the fight escalates to the close-by neighborhoods and it becomes an actual riot, leaving the girls to fend for themselves and try to make it home.

    The story is very fast-paced and it all happens in a few hours of the night in question.

    Lena is an African-American girl who can definitely speak her mind and I admired the fact that she put Lena in her place when she said something racist. Lena is a white girl and a newcomer at school. I think this experience definitely made her realize some important things and brought her closer to Lena.

    In order to have a clear difference on the page the authors thought to give the girls two different voices. I’m all for that, I like understanding who I’m reading about because of a unique characteristic but I think that in this case it was all done in poor taste. Lena speaks with bad grammar and to me it truly felt like an unnecessary stereotype that should totally have been avoided.

    The aspect I appreciated the most in this novel was the realistic description of racial tension and how it was then developed. I think the authors did a good job in explaining what was going on and why we got to that point.

    Something that annoyed me throughout the whole book was

  • Juli

    Lena and Campbell are two high school students. They don't know each other. In fact, they have very little in common, other than the fact they are both young and come from the same city. One Friday night, a fight after a high school football game escalates into violence. What starts as an exchange of angry words at a concession stand grows into a dangerous violence in the crowd at the game and then area neighborhoods. The two girls find themselves having to work together to make it home safely.

    Lena and Campbell are two high school students. They don't know each other. In fact, they have very little in common, other than the fact they are both young and come from the same city. One Friday night, a fight after a high school football game escalates into violence. What starts as an exchange of angry words at a concession stand grows into a dangerous violence in the crowd at the game and then area neighborhoods. The two girls find themselves having to work together to make it home safely.

    This story is fast paced and the perspective alternates between the two girls. I had a hard time getting into the characters at first. I think it might have been because as I would just start getting into one girl's story, the chapter would end and it would switch to the other girl. But as the story ramped up, I found myself pulled in...and it didn't matter whose perspective it was....I wanted to know what was happening! Emergency situations can bring together people who would not normally mesh....and also uncover the true nature of people we thought were familiar.

    I enjoyed the story and the points this YA book strives to bring home. At the end, I found myself wanting to know what happens next! The ending was realistic and leaves the reader to think...imagine...hope. I hope that the events depicted in the book would lead the characters to change their lives, their opinions and their judgments of others. I wish our world was more about love and respect instead of hate and judgment. In the end, I left the story hoping at least the two main characters formed a bond and learned life lessons they won't forget.

    Very moving story. I enjoyed it. The fast pace glossed over a few things I wish had been more fully developed.....but, I understand why the action was fast. The situation the girls were in left no time for thinking about things....they had to pull together to get home. The writing style and development perfectly fit the plot.

    I'd definitely be interested in reading more from these two writers!

    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️

    One of the best things about I’m Not Dying With You Tonight is that it was written by two women. One black American and one white American. That fact alone gives this book a very unique ability to focus on what not only divides us, but what brings us together.

    Campbell, who is white, starts her senior year of high school in a predominantly black school after attending a school with only a handful of black students. She’s so sweet. I just wanted to pick her up and put her in my pocket. Cute little thing!

    Lena, who is black,

    One of the best things about I’m Not Dying With You Tonight is that it was written by two women. One black American and one white American. That fact alone gives this book a very unique ability to focus on what not only divides us, but what brings us together.

    Campbell, who is white, starts her senior year of high school in a predominantly black school after attending a school with only a handful of black students. She’s so sweet. I just wanted to pick her up and put her in my pocket. Cute little thing!

    Lena, who is black, has spent her years in an area where the majority of her community is black.

    Both Lena and Campbell live in their own world, like most teenager, unable to truly understand how the “other half” lives.

    The beauty is, Campbell and Lena now have to rely on each other.

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  • Katie B

    Even though I have some mixed feelings about the book, I'm still glad I read it. I do think it's a book worth reading if you enjoy YA fiction. It's one of those reads in which even though I had problems with it, I feel this compelling need to talk about the story. I think it would make a good book club selection as there's lots of interesting things to discuss here.

    When a massive fight breaks up at a high school football game, two teenagers are thrust into a situation in which it's p

    Even though I have some mixed feelings about the book, I'm still glad I read it. I do think it's a book worth reading if you enjoy YA fiction. It's one of those reads in which even though I had problems with it, I feel this compelling need to talk about the story. I think it would make a good book club selection as there's lots of interesting things to discuss here.

    When a massive fight breaks up at a high school football game, two teenagers are thrust into a situation in which it's probably best if they work together in order to survive. Lena is cool and confident and is obsessed with her boyfriend, Black. (yup, that's his name). Campbell has just moved to town to live with her father after her mother takes a job in a different country. The story alternates between the two girls over the course of a night in which danger is around every corner and they better figure out how to get to safety.

    So there's definitely a lot of action in this one which I guess you could say was both a positive and negative thing. The fast pace made this a quick read but I think that also led to underdeveloped characters, especially Lena, and moments that could have been expanded upon instead of glossed over. I don't think the story reached its' potential is probably the best way of putting it. I'm also conflicted about the ending. I'm okay with leaving some things up to the reader's imagination but in this case it feels so abrupt and not an entirely satisfying way to end a book.

    To sum it up, a decent YA read but I wanted more from the story. A good effort but it doesn't quite hit the mark as well some other fiction books dealing with the same themes and topics.

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

  • Erin

    A YA novel that follows two high school students- Lena and Campbell, over the course of one night where a high school football game sets off chaos all over their community. It reminded me of

    in terms of characterization and discussion of relevant topics, but its ending lacked a bit of finality. I felt more of an interest in Lena's story, but struggled for the first little bit to get into the g

    A YA novel that follows two high school students- Lena and Campbell, over the course of one night where a high school football game sets off chaos all over their community. It reminded me of

    in terms of characterization and discussion of relevant topics, but its ending lacked a bit of finality. I felt more of an interest in Lena's story, but struggled for the first little bit to get into the groove with Campbell. Lots of action and the chapters are short and storyline fast paced, and I enjoyed two authors tackling diverse topics. I do believe that this is going to catch the attention of my students.

    Goodreads Review 24/07/19

    Expected Publication 06/08/19

  • Sarah

    Thank you to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for providing me with a copy of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight for review. This in no way influences my opinion.

    I'm not Dying with You Tonight is the story of Lena and Campbell, thrust together at the school concessions stand as a riot breaks out. They spend much of the rest of the book trying to get a drive home, exposing each other to their racial differences through conversation.

    I had a lot of problems with this book, not abou

    Thank you to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for providing me with a copy of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight for review. This in no way influences my opinion.

    I'm not Dying with You Tonight is the story of Lena and Campbell, thrust together at the school concessions stand as a riot breaks out. They spend much of the rest of the book trying to get a drive home, exposing each other to their racial differences through conversation.

    I had a lot of problems with this book, not about the racial conversation, but about the geographical area they were covering and some logic points.

    This book is set in the present day with Campbell moving to the neighbourhood to live with her dad because her mom's work got transferred to Venezuela - it doesn't explain what her work is, but I have a hard time thinking that any work is worth relocating to Venezuela now, with the instability and food shortages. It is never discussed, and I just couldn't let go of this bonkers relocation.

    Also, Campbell is beyond deeply distressed about her dad's shop getting trashed. I understand the sentiment, my father is also a small business owner, but the level of distress would've made sense if there was a one sentence bit about him missing an insurance payment and being without coverage. I know insurance can't buy a whole new life, but if it was in place (and we're given no reason to think it isn't) they should have had enough to rebuild.

    I couldn't understand the logic of continuing to try to reach Black, Lena's scrub of a boyfriend, as it became increasingly clear they were heading toward absolute anarchy. Additionally, it is painful to see such a self assured character not pick up any of the red flags in her relationship. Why didn't she Google maps an alternate route and send Black a text that she'll catch up with his inconsiderate self never?

    I wish there was a map at the beginning of the book to show the distance they were trying to cover/geographic points of reference - because a map would've made it more clear as far as necessity for being funneled through two riots. I believe we're supposed to sense a deep emotional connection forged between Lena and Campbell after the initial riot to keep the girls together; but from my view I'm not finding the level of loyalty to enter what amounts to a domestic war zone.

    This book is more plot than character driven - we don't expand enough on LaShunda, Campbell's dad, Black/his friend's motivations, or Marcus. They all have individual attributes, but we dip in an out of their lives without any growth. We also leave Lena and Campbell without getting the next steps. Like, the school and downtown are trashed and a tenuous friendship is forged, so I want to see what tomorrow looks like.

    I will say on the positive end of things, the story does move quickly - it is all plot driven, from one fraught situation onto the next - reminiscent of Nijkamp's "This is Where it Ends" as far as pacing goes. I also think it would be a good intro read to start a discussion about the different experience minorities have, in all interactions, as compared to white people. But, if you've read Jason Reynolds/Nic Stone/Angie Thomas etc, you've already done higher level discussions of race relations than what Lena and Campbell raise in this book.

    In conclusion, this is fine for a mature middle grade/young teen audience but unlikely to be able to cross the divide and enter into the adult book conversation.

  • Tucker

    this is what I think every time I drive with my dad

  • Julie Zantopoulos

    This is a HARD DNF for me. Within the first 44 pages there were two pretty horrible instances of fat-shaming (one by each POV aka each author). There was a relationship between a high school student and a 20-year-old. There was a racial slut that served a purpose but...not cool.

    Overall, I was really NOT into the decisions that authors made or the way that the girls treated other girls. One didn't stand up for a friend. Another WISHED she could fat shame and embarrass other girls like the second

    This is a HARD DNF for me. Within the first 44 pages there were two pretty horrible instances of fat-shaming (one by each POV aka each author). There was a relationship between a high school student and a 20-year-old. There was a racial slut that served a purpose but...not cool.

    Overall, I was really NOT into the decisions that authors made or the way that the girls treated other girls. One didn't stand up for a friend. Another WISHED she could fat shame and embarrass other girls like the second MC. Just...nope.

    Because I'm only 18% in I'm not rating it but it's a massive stay the heck away for me.

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