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This Is Not A Love Letter

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One week. That's all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future--decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.

Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he's run away, but Jessie doesn't believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about t
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Chelsea Humphrey

This book was all kinds of heavy; think heartbreaking and tragic, and the kind of resolution you feel as a reader you could have saved if only you could jump into the story and tell everyone where it all went wrong. As I’m sure you can tell by the title, Jessie is writing “journal entries” to “you” who is Chris, her boyfriend (although they were on a break). If you read the above blurb then you have all the information you need before going in, but prepare your heart my friends. This on
This is a hard hitting book that will leave you emotional.

It’s not the perfect book, there are things in there that could have easily been chopped out, but, you do get involved so much you can kind of excuse it somewhat.

I applaud the author for using subjects of diversity and mental health woven in this storyline which was expertly written.

A book I will remember for quite a while.
To keep both her heart and her mind from shattering, after Chris vanished, Jessie kept a running letter to him in her mind and in her heart. She told of her secrets, times they shared, emotions they shared and what she has been left with since he disappeared.

THIS IS NOT A LOVE LETTER is a labor of love, of need, a declarations of truths and emotions, hopes, fears and the guilt a seventeen-year-old girl feels for “not knowing.” It is Jessie’s way to find answers, to feel connected to Chris, to h
A week before their high school graduation, Jessie is awoken on Saturday morning with the news that her boyfriend, Chris, never came home from a run the night before. As searches are put underway and everyone tries to figure out where he could be and what could have happened, Jessie addresses her thoughts to Chris. He always sent her love letters, folded into paper airplanes. She never gave him any letters. And she’s not starting now, because this is definitely not a love letter. Right?
This is
Fafa's Book Corner
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mini review:


I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I saw this book on Netgalley and liked the synopsis. So I requested it. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

The writing style turned me off. And some of the wording was off. I liked how racial profiling was mentioned and racism. That was well done.

As I already know the ending I think everyone should read this. Highly recommend.
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When Chris, her straight A, athletic scholarship African American boyfriend disappears she simply can't believe the story the police come up with! Jessie blames herself for their one-week break, because she didn't stop him from running along the river, the same place where he was beat up 3 weeks previously. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone and along the way face the guilt of
Gray Cox
This was sad... the book would've been so heartbreaking and heavy, if it wasn't for paragraphs like this:

My pee lasts for thirty-two seconds. My record is a hundred and seven. I wonder if you count your pee. We never talk about this stuff, but we should. Bathroom habits are fascinating. When you get back, I expect answers about all things bathroom related.

And sentences like this:

My eyes are slippery puddles.

*bursts out laughing*

Dec 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm going to have a full review up on soon, but just wanted to give a few quick thoughts.

This was one of the worst written books I've ever read. The quotes below will show you the sheer lack of editing, and the overall just bad writing. Also, Purcell tries to add social commentary about racism in the story, but it's too surface level for it to even do anything. I could definitely tell that this was written by a white woman from Canada.

“My eyes are slippery puddles”

“My pee lasts f
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful. Again, I am blown away by Kim Purcell and her moving stories. All I have to say is that I found this book to be perfect and I was unable to put it down. “This is Not a Love Letter” is a must read and I rate it 5 stars.
Joleen (starlightbooktales)
Let me start by saying this is a Netgalley review, I received it for free for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

This letter style book was not my favorite, it had its moments. The letters are written by Jessie to her boyfriend Chris who has gone missing after a late-night run. In this letters, we get the history and background on the relationship and friendships surrounding the couple. Jessie searches for answers as to where her boyfriend who seemed to have it all could have gone. The pressure placed o
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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This Is Not A Love Letter was a great way to start off my year! I love mysteries. This book started the year off with a bang.

The book starts off with Chris already missing. He and Jessie are taking a “break” for one week to gain some perspective on their futures and their relationship. This was, of course, Jessie's idea. Chris wanted nothing to do with it. So, naturally, when Chris goes missing, Jessie thinks she may have scared him off by pushing
This Is Not a Love Letter is a socially conscious contemporary young adult mystery that takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride while addressing racial tensions, class issues, (view spoiler).

Chris, an African-American “Straight A Student, Super Athlete,” did not come back home after his Friday night run along the river. Just three weeks ago, while jogging along the same trail, he was jumped and beaten to a pulp by a group of rich white boys from
catherine ♡
*Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review!*

Actual Rating: 3

The cover of this book is honestly so beautiful. And fitting too. And just from reading the premise, I knew this book would be a heart-breaker. The story is written like a letter, from Jessie to Chris. A week before graduation, Jessie told Chris they should go on a break, to "get some perspective" on their future. But then, Chris disappears, and Jessie remembers the three boys from the
chloe ♡
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


My pee lasts for thirty-two seconds. My record is a hundred and seven. I wonder if you count your pee. We never talk about this stuff, but we should. Bathroom habits are fascinating. When you get back, I expect answers about all things bathroom related.

Sadly, Jessie never got the chance to ask Chris bathroom related questions.

I wasn't sure about this book at first (Jess keeps saying
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
When I read the book description of ‘This is Not a Love Letter’ when I first saw the book on Netgalley, I immediately found myself interested. I love reading a nice romance. And this book was supposedly a romance story with some suspense. A perfect combination, is you ask me. So when my request got accepted I was super excited.

‘This is Not a Love Letter’ is a book unlike any other I read. The book is written through the eyes of Jessie. To be correct, the book is supposedly written by Jessie. It’
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it

This book is a heavy one so be warned going into it. The author brought in some rough topics such as mental health and racism.

The story focuses on the main character Jessie who is writing journal entries to her boyfriend Chris who has gone missing. I enjoyed this book and coming to the conclusion I had to hold back the tears.

I believe the downfall of the book was some parts dragging while others were to short. I was into the book and wanted to see how everything unraveled, however, it wasn’t
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The storyline of this book is fantastic. It's suspenseful, heartbreaking, hopeful, all in one. The main character is incredibly relatable, even though she struggles with things a lot of teens don't have to handle, like an agoraphobic pack-rat mother. In a lot of novels featuring teens, I feel like the characters have kind of all-or-nothing personalities that don't really match real teens. They are either totally c
Jenny Bravo
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't even fathom writing a review right now. I am a mess. My heart is so completely shattered. I've never ever cried so hard while reading. My emotions are in shock. I will have to write my review tomorrow.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! I originally got an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley, but because it was missing both important text conversations and any passages after/on the same page as those convos, I bought a proper ebook of it and read that instead.

The strong points of and problems with This Is Not a Love Letter are easy to outline. Lord, this could have been great! For a while, it was great. Then it wasn't once I finished reading.

Purcell absolutely nailed Jessie's narra
Jessica C Writes
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This book is incredibly devastating to read, and it really took a lot out of me, emotionally. The topics that it deals with are heartbreaking and heavy. The plot overall was interesting, but that is the only thing that make me keep reading.

I personally was not a fan of the writing style at all. I found it distracting and confusing because the main character was writing letters to her missing boyfriend and continuously referred to him as "you." Also, I just could not relate to the main character
Daphnee (daphneereads)
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not a love letter by Kim Purcell was surprising. It’s about a boy, Chris,
that goes missing and the character evolution of Jessie, his girlfriend, in form of a letter. I really enjoyed it, it kept my heart racing and aching. They are some trigger warnings for mental illnesses and self-arm. Thank you for the free ebook copy.
Kristine Reyes
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put this book down! I read for 1 day straight while on a moving vehicle. From the first chapter until the end, it kept me wanting for more and longing for these lovers’ reunion. I like that Kim included 2 valid points, racism and mental illness, into the picture - it was done beautifully albeit not so much elaborated since it’s just a part of the whole book. What I liked the most is the potentially beautiful and lasting relationship between Jessie and Chris. Sure, they’re not the perf ...more
Kristina Lenarczyk
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although the title foreshadows that this will not be a romantic story, I went into this novel expecting a contemporary romance - but it hit so much harder than that. There are so many important themes covered in this novel, including but not limited to; racism, mental disorders, family dynamic, and friendship. I felt as though each of these was dealt with head-on and compassionately, however at times I felt that it was taking over the overall suspense of the novel.

Overall, I thought this was a
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

When Jessie’s boyfriend Chris goes missing, she writes him a series of letters while trying to find him.

THIS IS NOT A LOVE LETTER starts off okay, and gets progressively worse. I never felt like I knew Chris, so caring about his whereabouts proved difficult. Kim Purcell tried to hit on a number of topical issues like race, mental illness and class.

Because Chris was the only Black kid, he’s subject to overt and covert racism. He’s called the N-word. The police assume he’s a criminal tho
Khristina Chess
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-pretty-good
A hard-hitting story that combines mental illness and racism. Recommended for fans of John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down.

Chris is missing.

While he’s gone, his girlfriend Jessie decides to write letters to him, so the entire book is a series of scenes narrated to Chris. The mystery of his disappearance deepens as more of the bullying that Chris had endured unfolds.

Heartbreaking, beautiful, and powerful, Jessie’s letters are her way of coming to terms with the fact that the boy she loved went
Danielle Steenrod
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
TW: depression, suicide, racism

This is Not a Love Letter discusses difficult topics such as depression, suicide, and racism as you can see by the trigger warning I have provided. This is not a cute contemporary. If you are looking for something light-hearted, then I do not suggest picking up this book. I went through a whirlwind of emotions while reading this book. I was angry, sad, and very anxious while reading. It definitely was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. My h
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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One week. That's all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future--decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.
Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he's run away, but Jessie doesn't believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Thank you to @netgalley and @disneybooks for providing a copy of This is Not a Love Letter to me in exchange for my honest review. Jessie has told her boyfriend Chris that they need a one week break. Chris has been offered a baseball scholarship to college and he wants to marry Jessie right after high school while Jessie’s not sure that’s the best decision for their future. Then, Chris vanishes and the story unfolds as Jessie writes a letter to Chris telling him everything she should have told h ...more
I found this book after doing multiple random clicks on my local public library's homepage to get to their list of book club titles, and instead found some person's top picks of recently published books. I am here to tell you that this was the reading gods intervening because I needed something like this to read. My last books have been kind of ho-hum, and this was definitely not. I was fighting back tears at the end and loved the style of the book-Jessie, the narrator, is writing a letter to he ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you @netgalley for providing me with the ARC of #ThisIsNotALoveLetter by @typingthumbs #KimPurcell.
Jessie wakes up one day to find out her boyfriend Chris is missing. He went for a run the night before and never made it back home. Jessie and Chris’s friends are doing everything the can to search for him. It comes to light that Chris was jumped by some guys for the color of him skin. He is an African American in a predominantly white town. It also comes out that Chris has been struggling w
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