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I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  218 reviews
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 sudden mass chaos. Chao
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Hardcover, 249 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Susan It's about two high-school seniors who are working a concession stand at a Friday night football game. Campbell is white, a newcomer to the school.…moreIt's about two high-school seniors who are working a concession stand at a Friday night football game. Campbell is white, a newcomer to the school. Lena is African American, has a "bad" boy friend and cool. Suddenly words lead to violence, the violence grows exponentially around the concession stand, into the stands, and finally throughout close-by neighborhoods. Both girls, who see things from very different perspectives, must lean on each other to get safely home. Will they make it?(less)

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Tucker
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
this is what I think every time I drive with my dad
Erin
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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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 probably best
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Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

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
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Emma
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 Stars

Full review HERE

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
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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 understand but after a few chapt
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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 ...more
Juli
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Alison
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read an ARC of this that I picked up at ALA.
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
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Adam Sockel
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This will almost certainly be the next major YA book in a line of massively important conversation starters. Think The Hate U Give, This is Where it Ends, or Long Way Down. It shines a light for readers on two high schoolers who come from wildly different backgrounds and forces them to work together in order to survive. The characters are vulnerable and scared and, at times, selfish and self-centered but this all comes together to create realistic depictions of teenagers.

Told through each of th
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Sarah
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-arcs
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Tia
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!

Lena and Campbell Soup are double trouble!

Review to come
Never Without a Book™
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones is no doubt a pager turner.

This story centers on two girls that grew up on different sides of the track. Lena (black) and Campbell (white) are at their high school football game. New girl Campbell is working the concession while head strong Lena is watching a friend perform during halftime. As the story unfolds a massive fight breaks out near the concession and Campbell and Lena (an unlikely pair) must join forces to seek safety.
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Marie -The Reading Otter
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review:
3.5 Stars


I received this book from NetGalley for review

This book is very different from most of the books I read. While I do and have read Contemporary, this book is different from those. This is the first book I've read that talks about racial tension.

This book is fast-paced and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through (once I actually had time to sit and read it). Both Lena and Campbell are smart characters who held it together far better than I ever could have if I were in
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Nadine Keels
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as did-a-little-reading
I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book. However, the emotional flow as well as the flow of events felt choppy, I didn't come to like or click with either of the main characters, and I could have done without some of the crude language. (Not language in relation to something serious happening, but when it seems crude for the sake of crudeness.) The story has an interesting basis, but the style/delivery didn't "pop" for me.

The bold and virtually reversible book cover is great, though.
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Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
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Amy
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

I came to know about I'm Not Dying with You Tonight after reading a blurb from Angie Thomas about the book. When I realized that it told a story from two different points of view (one white, one Black), I wanted to know more. Overall, this is a great book and a strong addition to the building canon of contemporary literature dealing with race relations and tensions within o
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight is quick read that's raw, unflinching, and anxiety inducing. We follow Lena and Campbell as they're thrown together after a dangerous fight breaks out at a football game and the girls have to stick together if they want to stay safe.

I could not put this down once I started it - it was just compulsively readable and filled with genuine character moments showcasing all the fear, anxiety, and hope that comes with not only being a teenager, but being in an unknown sit
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Lindsay♫SingerOfStories♫
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, netgalley
Campbell moves to a new town for her senior year and is recruited to work the refreshment stand at the Friday night football game. She doesn't really have friends yet and she really doesn't have help in the stand. She's the outcast, the quiet one. Meanwhile, Lena is at the game to watch her friend dance in the halftime show and to show off her own hot new outfit and designer bag. Her boyfriend is older and in the studio laying down new tracks. On the outside, Lena has it all--friends, boyfriend, ...more
Danielle Hammelef
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The events of this book occur over a period of less than 24 hours, and the authors used the compressed time well and kept the pacing perfect to reflect the immediacy, danger, and tension. This book is a quick read and one you won't be able to put down if you're a fan of THUG, Long Way Down, Dear Martin, and American Street. The authors have given their readers sensory details that will make them feel as if they right there with Lena and Campbell.

Told in alternating view points, the authors slowl
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Janet
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Powerful. Wish it was going to be released before Fall semester starts. Would love to use it in my We Need Diverse Seminar this fall but will go in the Spring YA class.
Good to pair with The Hate U Give.
Lindsay Loson
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for this ARC, out 8/19!

I've been wanting to get my hands on this one since I heard Angie Thomas gushing about it. This book is very closely related to topics that The Hate U Give and On the Come Up deal with, and I felt as though these characters could live in the same world, or neighboring cities. I really liked the split narrative and could see how both authors lent their voices to each chapter. I read this book in less than a day, and wished there had be
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Samantha
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

First just let me say, Wow! Just wow!

Now, I'll get to the review.

I'm Not Dying With You Tonight starts out as just a normal Friday for Campbell and Lena. They are just two ordinary girls who run in different social circles. They are not friends nor have they ever spoken to each other. Campbell attends a football game to help with the concession stand,
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Noemi
Thank you to the publisher for a review copy. Out August 6th.

This book doesn't sit right with me. If I was rating this on pure entertainment value, it'd be a 5 stars because this was un-put-downable. But, you know how it's good that some books will make you uncomfortable, because you need that to grow ? But what if it doesn't really make you grow and that the problematic stuff just remains that, problematic? It could have been a growing opportunity, but it wasn't for me. We didn't go enough in t
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Heather Nicole
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me in suspense the entire ride. I found myself holding my breath at times. It’s a quick read, read in one sitting. I absolutely think everyone should read not just YA fans.
Lena and Campbell are not friends, but the events of one evening put these two in a position to change their lives forever.
My fave quote from this book “when you push people to their breaking point, and they ain’t got no power, they’ll find a way to take it. “
I can’t wait to read more by said author-
Jenni
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book opens with a huge fight at a high school football game. When things go from bad to worse, high school students Lena and Campbell end up together, albeit reluctantly. Fighting, rioting, looting, you name it, it's covered here. The girls make one bad decision after another. A quick read that fans of The Hate U Give and All American Boys will love.
Amanda Blocker
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sharp and timely story told from two POVs by two authors!
Vania
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG JUST READ IT! It’s so good and you just need to get on this train!
Katherine Moore
‘I’m Not Dying With You Tonight’ is a powerful, quick read destined for lots of conversation and many classrooms and library bookshelves. Following two young girls, thrown together by a high school football game that deteriorates into chaos and a night of city rioting, this YA novel addresses issues of race and class and reflects the fragile state of the domestic climate right now. Lena, a popular black student, and Campbell, a white teen new to town, who knows no one and is unsure of herself, l ...more
Jeweliana
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Well...that escalated quickly.

I was so excited when I read the premise for this book and it's unique in that it occurs during one night and is told from two points of view (without overlap, thank god).

Our two main characters complimented each other well; Lena's the popular girl who has it all seemingly and Campbell's the new kid struggling with abandonment issues. I would have liked to see Campbell be a little more proactive in the story. She's so complacent yet also a bit racist.

I also wasn't
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Kimberly Jones is a former bookseller, and now she Hosts the Atlanta Chapter of the popular Well Read Black Girl book club, as well as the infamous, viral sensation the YA Truth or Dare author panel at the Decatur Book Festival. She has worked in film and television with trailblazing figures such as Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston, and 8Ball & MJG. Currently, in addition to writing YA novels, she ...more