I'm Not Dying with You Tonight
"An absolute page turner, I’m Not Dying with You Tonight is a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact." —Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
An NAACP Image Award Nominee, I’m Not Dying with You Tonight follows two teen girls—one black, one white—who have to confront their own assumptions about racial inequality as t...more
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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 ...more
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 pock ...more
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 The Hate U Give 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 ...more
Yes, it is a depiction of a riot after tensions get too hot and it exploded across the city. Timely, no?
Even better, it's written from two points of view: black and white. It covers so many angles and keeps it real.
From misunderstandings and all kinds of self-reliance and the breaking of both innocence and ignorance keeps this tale hopping. I really e ...more
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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 it becomes an actu ...more
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 ...more
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 chapt ...more
Yawn. For a book about riots where the characters are frequently in peril, this was SO BORING. And it didn't make much sense, either. My internal monologue while reading this book was entirely, "WHY ARE YOU DUMB?!"
Questions I had:
1. Why would you go into the riot zone?! YOU HAD OTHER OPTIONS. YOU COULD HAVE JUST WALKED HOME. WHY ARE YOU DUMB.
2. Why would you KEEP going into the riot zone? I get that Lena's boyfriend was supposedly there, but like... GIRL. He i ...more
While I understand how easily a race-infused confrontation can escalate into riotous violence, the very origin of the chaos was not only avoidable but controllable. Everything seemed--and I say "seemed" because the events it set off felt outside the range of plausible given its idiocy--to hinge on a tense exchange between two teenage boys.
Said exchange happens in view of both Lena and Campbell--which is how they co ...more
The book is about two girls, one black (Lena) and one ...more
As a person who's far away in India watching the news reports on the BLM protests against systemic racism ...more
- Found friendship
- Race relations
- Easy read
This is a short, easy read that you can knock out pretty fast. I was initially very excited because one of the authors in this duo authored book was the women who made an impromptu speech about the riots in MN, and it was very powerful.
Im not Dying with You Tonight is about 2 girls- Lena and Campbell, and their experiences durin ...more
"I'm not dying with you tonight."
Wow. Just wow.
This is definitely very remnant of The Hate U Give. I'd definitely recommend it if you liked that. But on its own, this book was a powerhouse.
I really liked that this book had dual perspective. It really added something to see the same events from the eyes of a white girl and a black girl, as well as their preconceived expectations of each other and what they expect to happen. It's also great that this was written by two different authors as wel ...more
Part of the Big Library Read in November
Rioting & Looting
With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley & Channie Waites
A timely read that could be all too real...the most interesting aspect of this book is being able to see through the eyes of each girl and knowing their thoughts throughout. Having each character written by a different author made the differences in the characters even more tangible.
This is also a su ...more
Told through each of th ...more
This is an important story about how two very different girls come together to survive through riots across their town. It is a story about the differences in race and how each girl reacts differently to the terrifying situations because of their race.
I thought this was insightful while still being action packed and fun at times, despite mostly being a dark story.
You can tell two different author's wrote this, because the voices are distinctly dif ...more
I cried a lot for Campbell and raged for Lena.
This covers race, riots, and shitty boyfriends in an easily digestible and understandable way for teens.
Lots to discuss with your kids and bookclub.
To say that I'm Not Dying with You Tonight was an excruciating read would be an understatement because I for the life of me am still surprised by how I managed to finish this book, let alone have the determination to write a review.
It's clear that I did not enjoy my time reading this book due to several reasons. Reasons which I feel like took away from the narrative of riots and made it into a story of two characters who don't have any form of personality. This is a plot-driven story in ...more